‘Wazir’ Fashion Review

Wazir_PosterFirst things first – Wazir is an intense thriller and therefore, not a movie that is remotely operating in the space of its characters making a fashion statement. I had hoped to see more of Aditi Rao Hydari (the female lead) in Wazir, but given the nature of the storyline it is completely understandable why her presence on screen is limited. Furthermore, given the pace of the drama, some of her outfits are only on screen for a fleeting moment before the scene changes. As a result, given the plotline and my inability to fully register much of her wardrobe, this is not the ideal movie for a detailed fashion review.

In the movie Aditi plays the role of Ruhana Ali, a loving mother and wife, who is also a Kathak dancer. Her entire wardrobe in Wazir is composed of ethnic wear in soft colours and relaxed silhouettes. The sartorial choices work exceedingly well for Aditi in terms of befitting her mild mannered character in the movie. There is a naturally appealing softness to her looks and body frame which is well suited to such ethnic attire and she carries the clothes with a natural ease.

The movie starts with Ruhana meeting her husband in a traditional arranged marriage scene. She is wearing a beautiful green short kurta paired with what looks likes like a pink sharara and gorgeous jhumkas – this outfit sets the scene for her entire wardrobe in the movie. Next up is her wedding outfit, another beautiful cream and green sharara and the pasa (hair ornament worn on the side of the head versus the middle) makes its first appearance of many. The movie has Aditi wearing many versions of a basic outfit composed of a kurta or anarkali paired with shararas, palazzo pants, or churidars. I loved the dupatta that she has on when she falls asleep on the couch in the hospital. From what I could see, it looked like a beautiful embroidered lucknowi chikankari piece in a pale beige hue. One fashion element that did stand out in the movie was that she paired many of her anarkali kurtas with a wide palazzo-like pant instead of the generally expected churidar in such instances. This was a look that I really liked and I thought it worked surprisingly well!

Various pieces of jewellery feature prominently in Ruhana’s overall look in the movie. There are two pieces of jewellery that appeared in multiple frames and definitely deserve a special mention; the mighty earring and the exotic pasa. Aditi wears the most beautiful traditional earrings in this movie! In fact, almost every outfit is accessorized with gorgeous earrings including big jhumkas and traditional chandeliers – each pair is drool worthy and compliments her outfit perfectly. The other piece of jewellery giving the earrings company in multiple scenes is the pasa in all its ethnic glory. Paired together, they are a mighty showcase of the breathtaking beauty of traditional Indian jewellery!

The wardrobe styling in the movie is on point and never exceeds the needs of the character. The subtle makeup accentuates Aditi’s delicate looks and her hair is styled consistently well with loose curls cascading down her shoulders or pinned up in a loose style. There is not a single outfit in the movie that I would not wear myself and that says it all!

Best Outfit: The outfit Ruhana is wearing when she goes to the shop to get her ghungroos fixed. The suit is a stunning combination of pale mustard and pink, paired with spectacular earrings and a stunning pasa. She looks gorgeous in it! (Unfortunately, I could not find a visual of this outfit)

Worst Outfit: I liked all the outfits in the movie and not a single one offended my fashion sense in any way.

Isha’s Verdict: 8/10. The Indian outfits featured suited the character perfectly. The traditional jewellery worn by Ruhana was a visual treat and left me wanting more. Congratulations to the stylist(s) of the movie for a job well done!

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