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A new book illustrates Bollywood's deep influence on the way we dress

100 Iconic Bollywood Costumes is a collection of unspoken stories behind the drapes, writes Veer Arjun Singh

Bajirao Mastani | Worn by Deepika Padukone
Bajirao Mastani | Worn by Deepika Padukone

A perfectly tailored white t-shirt and blue jeans is the groomed man’s staple today. Loosen it up a little, add to it a check shirt, a leather jacket and perhaps throw in a hat for good measure and turn back the clock to 1995. It’s the year we met a casually flamboyant Shah Rukh Khan chasing Kajol in Zurich in the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Raj — if not Maverick (Tom Cruise) from Top Gun a decade ago — influenced how us boys growing up in the 1990s looked at fashion. And if you observe the spectacular outfits the leading ladies of Bollywood wore at the time, ...