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My tumblr avatar is usually that of the actress Kanan Devi, a star of the 1930s and 1940s. Though the silents had a number of famous actresses, it is with the talkies and the 1930s that you find stars and … Continue reading
Khazanchi (Cashier) is a 1941 movie which is significant for several reasons (for the full movie X). First, it was amongst a clutch of popular movies made in Lahore that brought in new modes of movie making, until then the … Continue reading
The adaptation of the salwar kameez with modernity is perhaps less documented than the sari. In the 1920s and 1930s, the new kind of sari drape was the on trend garment. By the 1940s, the salwar-kameez (or on occasion the … Continue reading
A brief look at fashions on film. 1, The 1940s. Noor Jahan in Anmol Ghadi (1946). This kind of square neck blouse was popular in the late 40s and continued to be so in the early 50s. The sequinned sari of course has … Continue reading
Achhut Kanya was directed by Franz Osten and shot in the Bombay Talkies studio on Europeanized sets of a typical Indian village. It has been cloned times without number ever since in Hindi films.The Indian village, in its romanticized image … Continue reading
Nargis illustrated by colonelhathi at tumblr. I love the daffodils (aka nargis flower) at the side as a finishing touch. And divine blouse. Here are the screencaps on which it is based. Which kind of makes the illustration even more … Continue reading
For upper class fashions of the late 1940s you can go no further than Andaz (1949) in which Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Cuckoo play giddily modern Bright Young Things. The centrepiece of the film is Nargis and the actress looks perfect in … Continue reading
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (d 3 April 2013) is probably better known for her collaboration with Merchant-Ivory on their period dramas. But early on the trio made a number of movies set in India based on Jhabvala’s books/scripts. A few pics from the 1960s. … Continue reading
Marilyn Silverstone‘s 1959 photograph of Waheeda Rehman. More on her here.
C Costumes from Shatranj Ke Khiladi set in the Awadh of 1856/7. Those seriously wide trousers were apparently all the go at the time. As was gauzy wraps, paisley prints, shawls. And dance. And hookahs. And…..chess.