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Nothing escapes the hawk-eyed netizens/fashion police who notice the tiniest sartorial sins on screen.
It has happened multiple times that costume designers and filmmakers have goofed up in making the costumes and outfits of the characters in the movie, which were either historically inaccurate, culturally inappropriate or simply weird enough to irk fans.
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From the wrong military uniforms to controversial outfits and accessories worn by actors, fashion in films have ended up outraging fans and fashion freaks alike.
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Here are all the times costumes in movies sparked controversies:
1. Royally Exposed Midriff In Padmaavat
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Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat was accused by the Karni Sena and Rajput caste organisations of portraying their queen Padmavati in a bad light and tarnishing her image.
One controversy also surrounded the popular song ‘Ghoomar’, where some said a woman of her stature would never dance in front of people like that.
Her ghagra-choli with exposed midriff was also edited and concealed, lest anyone found it to be “unbecoming” of the character.
2. The Case Of Wrong Uniform In Rustom
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Many Bollywood movies are guilty of making goof ups with military uniforms and Akshay Kumar’s Rustom is also one of them.
Akshay plays a naval officer and his uniform is all flawed and the sheer lack of research is to be blamed for that.
From epaulettes facing the wrong direction to two medals of Kargil war 1999 (the movie is set in 1959) there is plenty wrong with the navy uniform donned by Kumar.
3. Saree, Not Saree In Bharat
Something that irked fans more than Selmon Bhoi’s song, ‘Slow Motion’ in Bharat was the thing (we don’t know what to call it) worn by Disha Patani.
It was claimed to be a saree but desis were adamant that it wasn’t even close to the traditional attire they knew of.
She wore a yellow chiffon fabric around her waist and twisted the end into a rope style pallu that went over her shoulder. If it was a saree, they should be sorry.
4. The Belt With The ‘Kirpan’ In Dishoom
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In the song ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ Jacqueline Fernandez is seen dancing in a white dress and a belt around her waist which has a ‘kirpan’ (a knife which is among the 5 articles of faith in Sikhism).
This was probably supposed to be a fashion accessory but ended up offending the entire Sikh community who demanded the removal of the song, citing cultural appropriation. The ‘kirpan’ was edited out, while the belt stayed.
5. Vicky Kaushal’s Badges In Sam Bahadur
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Another uniform mistake was pointed out by a retired Indian Army officer as soon as Vicky Kaushal dropped the first glimpse of his upcoming movie where he is playing the field Marshal of India, Sam Manekshaw.
He said, “Vicky Kaushal…is wearing wrong colour badges of rank. Sam was a Gurkha, never wore brass, always black badges.”
The movie isn’t released yet and people are hoping the filmmakers make the correction before it hits the screen.