I grew up in the 90s, and akin to innumerable fellow Indians (may be wiser to say, females;)) belonging to my age group, I see myself completely enchanted by the romantic Bollywood of that era. A simple wandering thought of the 90s cinema brings to me vivid stills of the gorgeous Yashraj heroines – Sridevi, Juhi, Madhuri and Kajol, clad in chiffon sarees of plain bold colors, their beautifully ‘lehraata pallu‘, and their famous dance duets, which made every young heartbeat remain glued to the small screen. And then, like so many of us, my fascination for sarees grew organically looking at my mom getting dressed every day. There was no color, no fabric and no style that was missing from her wardrobe.
I absolutely do not endorse that Bollywood by any means is synonymous with the Yashraj style romance. It’s just that I loved this style to bits back then. And earlier this year, this admiration came effusively gushing out during a visit to Switzerland, which is considered to be one of the ambassadors of glamorous natural beauty. The strikingly spectacular rolling green pastures, the breathtaking Alps, colorful brush-stroked smiling and swaying flowers, and the quaintly lined Swiss chalets made for a perfect backdrop to live the Bollywood moments. Not to forget the ones so artistically created on-screen with the use of those quintessential flowy chiffons. ‘Tere mere hothon pe’ from Chandni and ‘Tujhe dekha toh’ from DDLJ are some of the pure classics of that era, that projected Swiss beauty in a way that swept our hearts away. If you’re still thinking why I recall these memories and paint such a delightful picture of this place, that’s because I was so charmed by the exquisite landscape that I couldn’t help but create some moments for myself!
When we arrived, it was S who watered this excitement in me every day, looking for suitable spots (read: with no one around to see him clicking) to capture my over-the-top drama. If you’ve watched ‘Shaadi ke side effects‘, you sure know how many jumbo points this act can drive home for the husband, despite the fact that I was asked to maintain a 50m distance from him throughout while being clad in a saree, so we are not spotted together.
Of course, this time I’m not complaining ;);)
For me this was a subtle exhibit of a deep influence, unabashed love for 90s big screen, and a road to making new memories. The whole dramatic put-up turned out to be such a rejoicing, that I will revel in it for times to come. (And S would probably want to wipe it off his memory, like it never happened 😉 lol)
Much more than photography, I award him with countless ‘patience credits’! Feel free to redeem, dear 😉
With exquisite locations like these, Switzerland also makes for one of the most popular destination photography location and is quite popular among couples for their wedding photoshoot. I was overjoyed to see an Asian couple in their wedding attire creating some fond photo memories for themselves in such picturesque locations.
If this makes it to your ”fancy list” by any chance, I’d be glad to offer tips for shooting spots :);)