Sadhana Shivdasani - Fashion Icon

Fashion Icon

Sadhana Shivdasani introduced the fringe hairstlye in Indian film industry in her first film Love in Simla. Nayyar, her husband and director of the film, suggested the fringe style in order to make her forehead look narrow. Shivdasani says, "They tried to stick a strip near the hair-line, but it didn’t work out." Nayyar then suggested she go for the fringe style as was then practiced by the Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn. The fringe soon became popular and a fashion fad in 1960s. The style was copied by girls in India and is still known by the same name. This look suited the role of naughty, pretty, glamourous Sonia that she played. But when Shivdasani went on the shoot for Bimal Roy's Parakh, Roy was disappointed to see her modern look. She had to stick her fringe back in order to match the simple village girl she played here. In 1963, when signed to play a role of simple Muslim girl from Aligarh in Mere Mehboob, Shivdasani undid her famous "Sadhana Cut" to fit the bill. She went in plain plait look with centre-parting her hair; which was immediately discarded by the director H.S. Rawail. He said that the audience wanted to see her signature "Sadhana cut" and demanded it. Recently, the Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone sported the same fringe in her films Om Shanti Om (2007) and Chandni Chowk To China (2009).

Shivdasani is also credited for bringing in fashion tight chudidar-kurta. She went with this concept of gracefully changing the traditional loose salwar kameez to her director Yash Chopra for 1965's film Waqt. Chopra felt insecure and thought that it would not be accepted. But Shivdasani with the help of her fashion designer Bhanu Athaiya showed him a sample, which he agreed to. The trend lasted well in the 1970s and can be seen to be adopted by many actresses. Lately, in a song sequence of "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte" for the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), actress Bipasha Basu dressed herself in a white chudidar-kurta and also frolicked with the famous fringe as a tribute to Sadhana.

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