I have grown up watching Bollywood films with my family, and some of the most classic films of the genre can be attributed to the 90s. During these years, actors such as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol made their first presences in major films. It would be these very movies that would eventually lead to their fame and recognition in the Bollywood world to this very day.
There are so many different films from the 90s, but in my opinion, the two most famous and well known are “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)”, and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. Both films stars Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, who were often the main romantic couples of the 90s films, are the main characters of these films as well. In “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, actress Rani Mukherjee also stars. As a kid, I always loved Kajol as an actress and I paid attention to her style of dress and acting in her films.
Since I was already a fan of these films and their actresses, I wanted to explore the fashion world surrounding the 90s eras. From “DDLJ” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, I noticed that the film fashion from this era took more into the westernized fashion looks. Kajol rocked everything from mom jeans, jean jackets, scrunchies, and headbands, overalls, and skirts. If there were traditional Indian outfits present, they were either bare minimum and simple, or fully traditional decked out wedding outfits.
Taking inspiration from these Kajol and 90s looks, I decided to recreate a 90s Bollywood fashion shoot.
Photography by Ambarina Zenab. Check out her photo work and art on Instagram, @ambarinazenab.