Costume Design in the Indian Hindi Films - A Changing Scenario

Written by: Dr. Nidhi L Sharda Written by: Vandana Jaglan

The film industry in India is one of the biggest and oldest in the world in terms of production and audiences. 'Bollywood', the industry based in Mumbai tops all the regional industries in its national profile and global appeal. This paper reviews the developments in one of the under looked areas in the Indian film making - costume design in the Indian Hindi films. It also focuses on the issues related to the changing interpretations and modalities of the costume design which may be seen as an influence of increasing foray of designers in this buzzing arena.


Costumes & Characters


The term costume can refer to wardrobe and dress in general, or to the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. When we talk about costumes, it has three P's attached to it.

  • People
  • Place
  • Period

One of the more prominent places people see costumes is in theatre, film and on television. In combination with other aspects, theatrical costumes help actors portray characters' age, gender role, profession, social class, personality, and even information about the historical period/era, geographic location and time of day, as well as the season or weather of the theatrical performance.


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