The women who sizzled in Yash Chopra's Chiffon Sarees
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 14:38 IST
Whatever the era, the quintessential Yash Chopra heroine remains the same...

Not only did Yash Chopra leave his legendary stamp on every film he made, every costume that his heroine draped also became iconic in its own domain.

Sridevi in Chandni

From the virgin white saree fluttering in the breeze to the tight-fitting churidaars that displayed the leading lady's curves, each and every fashion element that the legendary filmmaker introduced in his films went on to become a rage.

Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai

Interestingly, what Chopra's heroines wore on-screen somehow managed to exude the exact persona they were meant to portray in their films. In Dil To Pagal Hai, Madhuri Dixit's buttercup yellow salwar kameez made her exuberant personality shine through.

Wrapped in her chiffon sarees, Rekha became the quintessential 'other woman' in Bollywood. The Chandni look became synonymous with Sridevi.

Several of Chopra's heroines essayed the bubbly girl-next-door. Naturally, Juhi Chawla showed up in baby pink and sunflower yellow salwars to let her inner child giggle aloud in Darr.

Sadhana in Waqt

In Waqt, the sophisticated Sadhana was given perfectly coiffed hairstyles and elegant jewellery. Clothes too became an essential element of the moviemaking process, helping the director paint the perfect portrait of his heroine.

Rekha in Silsila

And the foremost reason why 'the Yash Chopra look' worked like magic is because of his heroines' extreme professionalism just like their director to work under extreme conditions. The bandwagon of ladies braved the icy cold winds on the snow-capped Alps in very little other than the chiffon saree and their charm.

Preity Zinta in Veer Zaara

Little has changed over the years when it comes to the great director's style of filmmaking. No wonder then that chiffon French or desi will forever stay associated with evergreen romantic Yash Chopra.

Ten things you will never forget about Yash Chopra

Just like some of the most famous dialogues from Yash Chopra's films, here is a list of 10 most unforgettable aspects about the legendary filmmaker and his movies

1 The iconic song Aye meri Zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahi, in his directorial venture Waqt released in 1965. The song was picturised on the late Balraj Sahani and Achala Sachdev. The film went on to become a blockbuster and the song a cult hit. Till today the song is played and danced to at all major celebrations.

2 Yash Chopra's films like Deewar, Trishul and Kala Patthar established Amitabh Bachchan as the angry young man in Bollywood.

3 Chopra is known as the founder of films based on the 'lost and found' formula with Waqt, which later on was made famous by Manmohan Desai with many films.

4 He formed Yash-Raj Films with Rajesh Khanna as partner with Daag. The banner remains to be one of the most respected and the biggest in the country till date with many blockbuster films to their credit.

5 Made one of the most controversial films of all time in the form of Silsila, which had the real life triangle love story of Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Jaya Bacchan on screen. The film was released in 1981 and is still much talked about.

6 Chopra will always be remembered for his iconic songs during festivals. Be it a wedding song, a sangeet song or a mehendi track, Yash Chopra's films had all that and more. His Holi song in Silsila is still played during Holi celebrations till this date.

7 He made Lamhe in 1991 with Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, which is said to be his best work till date. The film, as most critics put, was way ahead of time.

8 He played a very big part is establishing Shah Rukh Khan as the superstar with his film Darr and his son Aditya Chopra directed Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, followed by Dil To Pagal Hai.

9 Aditya Chopra, son of Yash Chopra made his directorial debut with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge which is still running is theatres and remains to be the best contemporary romantic film till date.

10 Yash Chopra will always be remembered for introducing the Swiss Alps in his films like Silsila, DDLJ, Chandni, Lamhe, etc. So, synonymous is his love for the country that they have named a train, a railway station and even a lake after his name. Not to forget an entire suite in a hotel.
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