It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a decade since the classic Bollywood musical Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight From The Heart) hit the big screen, especially considering how much it still influences Indian film and fashion today! Here’s how to capture the extravagant, opulent spirit of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in your daily life.
For those of you who haven’t seen this Bollywood blockbuster, here’s the 1-minute synopsis: When Sammer Rafilini (played by Salman Khan) travels from Italy to India to receive music and singing lessons from classical musician Pundit Darbar (played by Vikram Gokhale), he ends up falling in love with Pundit’s daughter, Nandini (played by one of our favorite actresses, Aishwarya Rai). The catch? Nandini is already arranged to marry a guy named Vanraj (played by Ajay Devgan). Nandini’s father is furious that his student and his daughter have fallen in love, and banishes Sammer from the house. Sammer eventually goes back to Italy, and Nandini marries Vanraj, despite her feelings for Sammer. When Vanraj learns that his wife is still in love with Sammer, he does something unexpected: He takes Nandini to Italy to reunite the two lovers. But through all the tribulation of trying to locate Sammer together in Italy, Nandini and Vanraj grow closer, and Nandini eventually realizes that Vanraj is her true love.
Even as the plot shifts between India and Italy, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali never lets the movie lose its unmistakable grandiose Bollywood feel. Between lavish, traditional dance numbers and extravagant gilded sets, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’s visual look evokes just as much emotion and classic Indian spirit as its plotline.
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The most memorable fashion statement from the film is definitely Aishwarya Rai’s bluish purple crystal lengha and simple yet striking crystal jewelry. Blend Nandini’s rich, traditional style with your modern flair by pairing Luxemi’s Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree with our classic-meets-mod Silver and Gold Circular Crystal Set.
For a home as opulent as the elaborate sets in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, try incorporating gold pieces like this regal Antionette Fainting Sofa from Urban Outfitters, or this metallic ottoman that doubles as a chic coffee table.
And just in case you haven’t seen the movie for awhile, here’s a scene worth remembering (The Chand Chhupa Badal Mein Song):
Whether it’s through storyline or set design, our favorite Bollywood movies always inspire us. Be sure to check back with the Luxe Report in the coming weeks for more features on how to incorporate the flair of your favorite Bollywood flick into your everyday life!