Its that time of year again. And with everything being shared on social media and being SO accessible, the pressure is on to have a great Halloween costume. This year we are taking a page from our own culture to create a really memorable costume.
FOR THE COUPLE
SRK + Kajol are arguably one of the most iconic bollywood pairs. From Baazigar, their first film together, to DDLJ, the longest running Bollywood film of all time, and now Dilwale, a movie that might have been created just so that we could see these two together once more, their onscreen chemistry is like Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan – indisputable and makes the world go round. We fall in love with their characters each time, but somehow we always come back to the love story of Raj + Simran. This makes a pretty easy DIY Halloween costume for Indian couples everywhere. To emulate Raj all you need is a black leather jacket, and a backpack (extra points for having a banjo) for the guy; for Simran – a white shirt and short white skirt. Oh, and a cowbell of course.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
Many people don’t realize that Freddie Mercury (lead singer of Queen) was Indian. He was born Farrokh Bulsara, a Gujarati Parsi, in Zanzibar before moving to India for most of his childhood. It was there that he started really getting into Western music and going by Freddie. Mercury eventually moved to England where he started Queen in 1970. He is arguably one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of all time. His electric performances, insane vocal range, and animation have captured many since Queen’s conception. Not to mention his eccentric costumes are epic and perfect for Halloween, plus it means you can start no shave november early to recreate his wicked mustache.
FOR THE TV BUFF
Priyanka Chopra’s character in Quantico has really changed the face of television in the US. Not only is Priyanka the first Indian actress in a lead role in an American series, her song “In My City” was chosen as the opener for Thursday Night Football for the NFL Network, and she was recently named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. It would be pretty easy to recreate her look as Alex Parrish this Halloween. Don a blue henley, some cargo khakis, combat boots, and an FBI cap and you’re done!
FOR THE TOKEN INDIAN
As much as Raj Koothrappali is portrayed in a extremely stereotypical fashion, Kunal Nayyar makes it enjoyable and way too relatable in a highly comedic fashion. His or rather the character’s fashion sense is terribly entertaining. To recreate this look you will need: a bright colored hoodie, printed collared shirt, patterened sweater vest and ill fitting khaki pants, preferably with cargo pockets. Basically go against every matching instinct you have. And if you want to make this a couples costume, just have a friend dress up like Howard. If you want to make the costume “the-token-Indian-guy” costume then add Sheldon and Leonard.
FOR THE COUTURE HALLOWEEN PARTY
Not only is Bajirao Mastani one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time, but its period based costume design and cinematography was beyond beautiful. Actress Deepika Padukone’s portrayal of Mastani as elegant, graceful and courageous has inspired many beauty bloggers to recreate her look. Check out this tutorial for Mastani’s look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxX1f4BX7Ss
FOR THE FOODIE KID
We all have grown up on Maggi. Why not honor the household staple in a real way?? Its delicious, savory and sometimes really hits the spot. If you have kids you can dress each one up as a different Maggi sauce.