Hindi Movies

Dressing Style of Onscreen Fathers!

BollyCurry presents some of the lovely father characters of Hindi cinema and their signature dressing styles in their films.

Published: Sunday,Jun 16, 2013 18:28 PM GMT-06:00
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Fathers are an important figure in life, and that's why there came into existence a day when we could celebrate our fathers. Today, on that special day, we are celebrating the fathers of Bollywood. Here BollyCurry presents some of the lovely father characters of Hindi cinema and their signature dressing styles in their films, in no particular order.

Aamir Khan was seen in the role of a father for the first time in Akele Hum Akele Tum. Seen as the poor boy falling in love with the rich girl, Aamir Khan's attire was commonly jeans and a cotton shirt. After marriage and after the birth of their son, he continued to wear the jeans and cotton shirt, which soon started looking worn out and unclean after his marriage dissolved. He had played the role of Chachu in Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke before, where this trend had actually begun as he was seen as the manager of a small clothing factory. Then 18 years later, in Talaash, Aamir Khan returned to the role of a father who was a police officer. He was almost always seen in his police uniform, which represented his role of a strict, no-nonsense cop.

Alok Nath was the quintessential father, who was loving, caring, and religious. Some of his movies were Hum Saath Saath Hain, Vivah, Pardes, Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi,and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Almost always seen in a dhoti kurta or suits, he played the loving father or fatherly figure, who cared for his children and always protected them. He always had principles and was religious, which he passed onto his children who easily accepted his principles and religious ways.

In Baabul, Sarkar, and Sarkar Raj, Amitabh Bachchan was seen wearing mostly dhoti kurta. In Sarkar and Sarkar Raj, seen less as a father and more as a Godfather, his dhoti kurtas were often dark and mainly black, which represented his role of a Godfather of sorts. In Baabul, while he played the role of a businessman who was a friend to his son (Salman Khan), after his son's death, he was also again seen mainly in dhoti kurta, yet here it was white. It represented mourning for his son, but at the same time it represented purity in his thoughts when he decided to get his daughter-in-law, played by Rani Mukherjee, married again, much to the disappointment of his family and of the society. In Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Amitabh Bachchan was seen mainly in business suits which represented his role of a strict, businessman, who would not bend his rules for his son. In the end, however, we see him wearing a dhoti kurta and is wrapped in a shawl, which in this case was seen as a sign of growing old or being weakened, which represents the last scene when he breaks down and asks forgiveness from his sons.

Now we bring to you a father who has played both good roles and villainous roles. We are talking about Amrish Puri! While in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, he was seen in the role of a strict father who would not bend his principles for anyone. Seen mainly in dhoti kurta as well, his clothes were always crisp and clean, which represented his character as well. In Kishen Kanhaiya and Ram Lakhan, Amrish Puri was seen as the villainous father who wanted money and property for himself. Usually dressed in dark colours and mainly in either business suits or dhoti kurtas, his clothes also seemed to exude the evil presence that would surround his characters. Such things as pointed shoes or lots of rings were often part of the attire. As a father, he cared little about his children leaving them to his wife, while he was busy executing his evil plans.

When we talk about fathers, you may not think of Salman Khan, but he has played his fair share of a father in many movies, including Ek Ladka Ek Ladki (where he actually was a Chacha, but was called Papa by the children), Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Biwi No. 1, Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar, and Baabul. In Baabul and Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar, Salman Khan was seen playing the role of a responsible, humorous, young businessman. And as per his role, he was often seen in clean, crisp collared shirts and business pants, but also in jeans and t-shirts. His clothes represented his clean, down-to-earth, responsible character in these movies. In Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, Salman Khan played the role of a poor farmer Raja who takes care of his bigger brother's 3 sons. As per his role, his clothes were seen to be unclean and he was often seen in the same clothes again and again. He was almost always seen wearing a black vest over his clothes, unless it was songs where he interchanged between many different checkered shirts that were quite prominent in that time. In Biwi No. 1, Salman Khan was seen in the role of a young businessman, the father of 2 young children, who gets into an extra-marital affair. As a businessman, he was seen in clean, crisp business suits, which very often represented the fact that he was rich and well-to-do. When he wasn't wearing business clothes, he wore jeans, a white t-shirt, and different coloured jackets or shirts. This represented the fact that he was still young and had good fashion sense. Finally, in Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Salman Khan was seen in the role of a womanizer, who finds out that he has a son from one of his past flings. Wearing jeans and sweaters mostly throughout the movie, he would often woo women with his charm and simple clothing attire. When he finds out he is a father and accepts his son, his clothes become simpler and more refined representing the responsibility and the change in his life.

Finally, we bring to you Shah Rukh Khan, who has also seen in father roles. The first time he appeared as a father was in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Before he married and had a daughter, he was often seen wearing jeans and t-shirts, but 8 years later, after he became a father, he was seen mostly wearing shirts, pants, and jackets. His clothes represented the responsibility he took on and the changes in his life as he became a father. Then in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, he was again seen as a father after he went against his own father to get married to Anjali (Kajol Devgan). Here he was once again seen in similar clothing as he was seen in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He was seen as a playful, friendly father who was more of a friend to his son, than a father. However, when he would become serious, his clothing would become somber colours. In 2006, Shahrukh Khan again acted as a father in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Playing the role of a disgruntled, injured coach, he was mostly seen in dark coloured jackets and jeans. While he was disgruntled, he was a good father being a friend mostly to his son. Finally, in My Name is Khan, Shah Rukh Khan played the role of a person with Asperger Syndrome who falls in love with a single mother. Seen in collared shirts, jeans, and jacket or sweater, he wore simple clothing representing his simplicity. As a father, he was more of a friend and companion, which once again represented his simplicity and kind nature.

There are many other actors known for playing father roles, including Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Utpal Dutt, Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Govinda, Prithivraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani, Mithun Chakravorty, Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Pran, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, and many more!

Fathers are not just there to take care of us or to teach us right or wrong; they are our friend, our guide, and our companion as well. They fight with us, they argue with us, they sit with us, they comfort us, they guide us, and they listen to us. Today on Father's Day we celebrate these amazing fathers. And while you all sit back and read this article, and think about the reel fathers, for a moment take the time out and also give your real fathers a hug and thank them for being there for you always!

Author: Shreya S.
Editors: Siona M. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Virina R.

Abhishek Bachchan Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan Amitabh Bachchan Aamir Khan Dharmendra Boman Irani Dilip Kumar Govinda Ashok Kumar Kajol Prithviraj Kapoor Pran Raj Kapoor Sunil Dutt Sunny Deol Anupam Kher Amrish Puri Rani Mukerji Mithun Chakraborty Rajesh Khanna Randhir Kapoor Sanjeev Kumar Alok Nath Utpal Dutt Rishi Kapoor Akele Hum Akele Tum  Ek Ladka Ek Ladki  Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke  Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge  Pardes  Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi  Sarkar Raj  Baabul  Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna  Shaadi Kar Ke Phas Gaya Yaar  Vivah  Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham  Biwi No. 1  Hum Saath-Saath Hain  Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai  My Name Is Khan  Talaash  Sarkar  Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!  Ram Lakhan - 1989 

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