Rituporno Ghosh and Traditional Bengali Fashion in Bangla Films
Bengalis are known for their artistic and cultural sensibilities. Contributing to the linguistic, literary and cultural diversity of India, they have built an individual identity of their own on the global front. This Indian community is distinctly identifiable for not only its art and food but also its fashion. Bengali fashion is popular both at home and abroad. Though being influenced by the growing cosmopolitan culture, the fashion of Bengalis has lost its shine in day-to-day life, it is seen in its vibrant colors on the festive occasions of Bengal. Women clad in white sarees with deep red border and putting a mark of vermilion on the middle of the forehead embody the traditional Bengali beauty which is unmatched and rare to find in any part of the world.
The only person from Bengal’s contemporary entertainment industry to have taken traditional Bengali fashion across geographies, through his movies, is renowned filmmaker Rituporno Ghosh. Each of his heroines in each of his Bengali movies oozes the oomph of traditional Bengali beauty which woos fashionistas of both retro and metro times. From the yesteryear diva Aparna Sen in Unishe April to the uber modern Riya Sen in Naukadubi, everyone has flaunted the fashion of a typical Bengali woman in Rituporno Ghosh’s cinematic creations. Even Kiron Kher a National award winning versatile actress was seen wearing a piece of white cloth with red border, vermilion in the parting line of hair, a round vermilion mark on her forehead and traditional gold jewelry in a scene in Bariwali, one of the director’s early Bangla films. This movie had earned her the National Award for best actress. Rituporno Ghosh has globalized the age-old Bengali fashion, a slice of Bengal’s culture and life.