Friday, December 19, 2014

Trends in Cinema Captured Through Lens

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt, is a photographer who greatly inspires me. He has said that it is more important to click with the people, understand their emotions and build a connection with them. It not only brings life to the picture but also leaves a collection of memories with you and for you to revive.

As it is rightly said by Berenice Abbott, “Photography can only represent the present. Once, photographed the subject becomes a part of past.”

Not only do I love photography, but I also am ardent fan of Indian cinema. Hindi cinema has created fashion and set trends like nothing else.  The most famous trends that were created on reel and never actually stopped being in vogue are listed below:

1. Madhubala’s  Style in the movie  “Mughal-E-Azam” (1960)
Madhubala’s costume in Mughal-E-Azam in the song “Jab pyaar kiya toh darna kya”  with light blue and red intricate embroidery had become a rage back then. Now The costume known as Anarkali is  a staple at weddings and other celebrations. Our talented designers get the credit of bringing this royal flowy and wavy style into an average person’s reach. Today from college girls to celebrities, everyone loves flaunting the Anarkali look.

2.  Sadhana’s  Style in the movie "Waqt” (1965)
The tight-fitting kurtas  were brought in fashion by Sadhana  and continue to be in vogue till date.

3. Sharmila Tagore’s Style in the movie “An Evening in Paris” (1967)
Sharmila Tagore stormed the fashion industry with her toned figure and surely brought out an oomph factor in her film for the coming generations to awe upon.

4. Mumtaz’s Style in the movie “Brahmachari” (1968)
The orange colored saree donned by Mumtaz in the movie became such a big hit that it was literally named after the actress and came to be known as - Mumtaz

5. Dimple Kapadia’s Style in the movie “Bobby” (1973)
How can one forget Dimple Kapadia’s polka dot top paired with the hot and sexy skirt? What we today regard the retro effect is Dimple’s charisma on the celluloid. Isn't it still one of the sexiest and hottest attire which gives you goose bumps when you see someone donning it (remember how Prachi Desai replicated the look in the movie “Once upon a time in Mumbai”)?

6. Rekha’s Style in the movie “Umrao Jaan” (1981)
Rekha and the Mujra look have always been synonymous to each other since her Mujra in Umrao Jaan. Rekha and her Mujra looks are completely capable to sets hearts on fire still today.

Now, you might be wondering about the connection between all these style trends, trendsetters and photography.

This fashion wouldn't have been carried forward or remembered as it is remembered and talked about today, if another passion did not exist; the passion for capturing beauty and style through clicking.

So, we photographers not only capture the present but we also capture the trends, fashion, outfits, regality and the sex appeal buried deep within each element of fashion. It is photography which has been helping people relive and revive yesteryear. We chronicle the present in such a way that it turns out into becoming a glorious past. Beauty would be futile without a lens capturing it.

So my dear friends - keep smiling and keep clicking!!!!

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