Pakeezah: Pure white and pearls
Most of us who are familiar with Bollywood classics have watched the film Pakeezah. Enchanting lyrics and music, cinematography and tale of forbidden love between a man who comes from nobility and a courtesan. A film that took 14 years to make but hasn’t lost its luster since 1972.
The tile Pakeezah, an Urdu word meaning ‘pure’ describes the essence of the romance that is so characteristic of Indian films of that era.
I couldn’t help but take screenshots of the actress, Meena Kumari who happened to be my grandmother’s favourite actress ever! What’s amazing is that in addition to playing her lead role, she also designed the costumes of the film. I couldn’t help but fall more in love with her for her beautiful picks and choice of jewelry.
I shall post the other outfits but first I wanted to share my favourite white outfit worn with pearls which are always timeless and elegant.
I love that now we see hand chains and similar jewelry pieces in the western world but it’s been worn in our part of the world for a long time now.