16 years of K3G: How Karan Johar's film inspired an entire generation's wardrobe

K3G was one of the earliest movies which inspired people to dress the way their favourite celebs do

Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham completed 16 years on December 14, every 90s kid would tell you it’s a momentous occasion. In 2001, when Karan Johar decided to make a family drama, he roped in some of biggest stars of Bollywood with the cast like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. Not only did he give us finely etched-out characters, he made sure the costume designers did a fine job of dressing the stars. K3G was one of the earliest movies which inspired people to dress the way their favourite celebs do.

From Anjali’s (Kajol) bright-coloured sheer sarees to Rahul’s (Shah Rukh Khan) turtle-neck sweaters and Poo’s (Kareena Kapoor) backless and blingy dresses to Rohan’s (Hrithik Roshan) sleeveless jackets, every character had a style statement of their own.

K3G surely gave an entire generation some major fashion goals. And it won’t be wrong to say that apart from making us laugh, cry, fall in love, respect family values, and swoon over its hit numbers,  K3G arrived with fashion trends that made us go wow. Have a look:

The iconic Poo:

Starting from her blingy sequined crop tops and those extra-small leather skirts, Poo became the style icon of early 2000s. Her red backless crop top and pants / skirts a rage among teens, because, well we’d never seen anything like it before.

Her high-on-fashion desi avatar that introduced us to crop-tops with a jacket and palazzo, showing girls that we could experiment with suits too.

But it was her pink shimmery sharara that caught the imagination of almost every female with a wedding to go to. Pretty sure most of us still have that Kareena-inspired heavily embroidered sharara somewhere hidden in our wardrobes.

When Rohan’s told boys sleeveless was okay:

Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) wore crudely cut tees, short, slim-fit sleeveless jackets and long coats with multiple mufflers in solid colours. Needless to say, men were just as obsessed as women were.

OH! Also, those sunglasses!

Bright and colourful Anjali:

We got to see three different Indian avatars of Anjali in K3G.

Chandni Chowk’s Anjali loved sequinned suits.

In dream sequences and post-marriage, Anjali wore sheer sarees with designer blouses.

A trend, we see till date.

The third one was the over-dressed festive avatar that was all about chunky jewelry that, sadly, too became a rage.

Rahul, the perfect corporate chap:

Rahul’s wardrobe, much like personality, was pretty plain compared to the rest. Colours that wouldn’t catch your eye, and layers! SO. MANY. LAYERS. If he wore a kurta, wore it with a jacket and two stoles. If he wore western clothes, we layered that up with jackets as well. His trademark turtleneck sweaters inspired quite a few winter wardrobes after the film came out.


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