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The Telugu Cinema Bride: Our Favourite Bridal Looks From Telugu Movies Over The Ages

Aishwarya Yerra |Saturday, 03 Dec 2022 - 2:17 PM


Onscreen brides who stole our hearts with their stunning bridal avatars

A wedding is special in many ways — it binds two individuals together in an invaluable relationship that is solemnised in the presence of not just their friends and family but also receives a stamp of legitimacy from society and most weddings use God as their witness. With the presence of so many important factors, it is no wonder both the bride and groom feel the pressure to look their traditional best. It goes without mention that brides have a certain glow on the big day of their wedding; whether it is the beautiful saree, the ornate jewellery or just the fact that they are at the centre of everyone’s attention is enough to give this warm glow, adding to their beauty and making it hard for guests to take their eyes off the brides.

Over the years, we have had some beautiful Telugu brides on screen and many of us have looked up to their on-screen avatars for inspiration for our big day, and many have even made these bridal looks our ideal wedding look. Let’s take a look at some of the iconic wedding looks of some favourite actresses in Telugu movies:

1. The Desi Bride

One of the purest kinds of bridal looks, a rustic bride’s raw beauty and glow are unmissable. Devoid of makeup and pomp, a rustic bride from our Telugu states is depicted in close association with the colour yellow which is culturally significant in Indian traditions for its sanctity and ties with auspicious turmeric, which is the key component in every Indian ritual. Sangeeta in Muthyala Muggu, Sanghvi in Seetharama Raju, Samantha in Rangasthalam, Shriya Saran in Manam, and Keerthy Suresh in the upcoming Dasara are typical examples of Telugu brides from our oorus (villages) who need nothing more than a simple gold chain and glass bangles and most importantly, fresh flowers to shine like Lakshmi (Indian Goddess of Wealth) herself.

2. The Girl-Next-Door Bride

The beauty of girls next door is their approachability, all thanks to their simplicity. These girls grow up right around us, always popular for their friendliness and sweet nature. And, usually, their personality reflects in their wedding looks — easy, fuss-free, and accessible. Whether it is Anushka Shetty from Mirchi and Singam, Trisha Krishnan in Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Kajal Aggarwal in Arya 2 and Chandamama, these girls are the best examples to derive inspiration from for a girl-next-door bridal look on screen.

3. The Talambralu Look

There is probably no bridal look that represents a quintessential Telugu bride than the classic white saree with a red border. Paired with some traditional gold jewellery and flowers, this look is our favourite any day. And, no one wore this look better and made us feel all warm and fuzzy about a wedding than a coy Sonali Bendre in Murari. Hatsoff to Krishna Vamsi for bringing back the OG Telugu bride look. Special mentions to Divya Vani in Pelli Pustakam, Anjali in SVSC, Rashmika in Pushpa: The Rise, Raashi Khanna in Srinivasa Kalyanam, Sai Pallavi in Love Story, and Nivetha Thomas in Ninnu Kori.

4. The Grand Bride

Enough has been said about simple brides; let’s take it up a notch and spy on those on-screen brides that ooze glamour and grandeur. For soon-to-be brides who want to make sure that everybody’s focus stays on them and have a love for beautiful, ornate jewellery, rich fabrics and colour, our grand brides from reel life are the best inspirations. Sneha in Sri Ramadasu, Bhanushree Mehra in Varudu, Ramya Krishnan in Aahwanam, Soundarya in Narasimha, Trisha Krishnan in Sainikudu, Keerthy Suresh in Rang De, Genelia in Sasirekha Parinayam, are perfect examples of grand brides.

5. The Muslim Bride

Unfortunately, our Telugu films are severely deficient in movies that feature Muslim characters in lead parts. This has led almost nil Muslims brides on screen and we hope our filmmakers are listening. We have Samantha to our rescue here; the ever-gorgeous actress completely aced the Muslim bridal look in Khatija Rambo Kanmani, which comprises a red sharara and the jhoomar/paasa head piece which is a traditional crescent-shaped piece of jewellery worn on the side of the head.

6. The Rayalseema Bride

A Rayalseema bride not just wears her bridal couture and jewellery in elan; she’s also wear her Shankar with pride. A classic case is Aarti Agarwal who is the typical Seema bidda in her Pelli attire in the iconic Chiranjeevi movie, Indra.

7. The Telangana Bride

Among the many things that Sekhar Kammula managed to do through the film Fidaa was a) Giving Sai Pallavi a break in Telugu movies and b) Showcasing Telangana culture to a wider Telugu audience. Thanks to him we have a Telangana bride on screen and had the opportunity to witness to the Pelli Sandadi that is truly typical in a Telangana household. Sai Pallavi’s sister in the movie is a true-blue Telangana Akka — traditional, down-to-earth, and calls for the biggest cheer on her wedding.

8. The Royal Bride

The weddings of princesses and queens are fantastical in real life as well as mythological. And, Telugu cinema is replete with royal weddings. Brides in royal weddings on screen are another sight to behold; the ethereal grandeur and beauty of these brides never go out of fashion and fill us with wonder even decades after the movie has been released. Iconic bridal looks from royal on-screen weddings in Telugu cinema include Nayanthara's heavy traditional look in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Anushka Shetty’s in Arundhati, Savitri’s in Mayabazar, Jaya Prada’s in Seetha Kalyanam and Geethanjali’s in Seetha Rama Kalyanam.

9. Non-Telugu Bride

There are a very few Telugu movies that feature brides of different cultures or in different attires that are from other cultures in India. But Sai Pallavi managed to capture the hearts of audiences in her Bengali avatar in the movie Shyam Singha Roy and her look as a Bengali bride complete white and red bindi patterns over the eyebrows is charming and special. A special mention to Gopika’s look as a Malayali bride in Ravi Teja’s cult classic Naa Autograph or that of Sri Divya's as a traditional Malayali bride in Manasara, Shirley Setia's Delhiite bridal look in Krishna Vrinda Vihari, etc.

10. The White Wedding

Just like Muslim weddings, there is a severe dearth of Christian weddings in Telugu movies. However, there are a few rays of hope on the horizon. Remember Samantha and Nayanthara’s ‘white wedding’ looks from Ye Maaya Chesave, Raja Rani and Whistle? Yes, that's what we're talking about. We love the delicate veils and laced outfits. A special shoutout to Bhumika’s fusion white look in Megastar’s Jai Chiranjeeva and also Nazriya's gown for her church wedding.

11. The Urban Traditional

The look that is favoured by many women getting married across the Telugu states is the urban traditional bridal, which as the name denotes, is a mix of current bridal trends, fashionable colours, and new jewellery styles with many traditional elements. Anushka Shetty in Lakshyam, Ileana D'Cruz in Jalsa, Rashmika in Geetha Govindam, Chalo, and Aadavaallu Meeku Johaarlu and Malavika Nair in Kalyana Vaibhogame, Pooja Hegde in Oka Laila Kosam are our favourites in this category.

If you think we have missed any iconic bridal look from Telugu cinema, please mention it in the comments below! :)

Updated date:  Monday, 05 Dec 2022 - 10:36 AM

Contributors: VCinema Team

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