From Chandramukhi To Gangubai: 7 Distinct Makeup Looks Worn By Bhansali’s Heroines

by Niharika Nayak

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for creating iconic female characters in his films. The women are complicated, unique, and are here to be important leads in the films. Along with their unique personalities and iterations, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s heroines also have incredibly striking hair, and makeup looks. In fact, many of us can borrow some inspiration from these characters and try out these dramatic yet simple makeup looks. They say life imitates art, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are nothing short of masterpieces. From exquisite and elaborate sets to powerful outfits, his movies have it all. So let’s chart down some notable looks from some of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films. Whether you appreciate Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Chandramukhi or Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai, here are seven different makeup looks you must give a try:

1. Chandramukhi In “Devdas”: Madhuri Dixit Nene

Chandramukhi’s entire look screamed elaborate extravagance. Considering she worked as a courtesan, her entire job revolved around her looking like a million bucks. From the frosty metallic shade that adorned her lips to the amazing eyeshadow and eye-catching bindi, Chandramukhi was the epitome of elegance. While most of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s heroines were all about appearing soft and delicate, Chandramukhi was all about the glam and glitz of life.

2. Sakina In “Saawariya”: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

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Sonam Kapoor comes across as the epitome of girl-next-door in Saawariya, and we adore her simple yet beguiling look. The makeup artists attempt to use their makeup to create an aura of innocence centered around her character. Whether it was the glossy bubblegum-pink lipstick or the simple black liner across her face, her whole charm lay in her sweetness. We loved the curly tendrils of hair that were left loose as they framed her face and completed her look.

3. Sofia D’Souza In “Guzaarish”: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Aishwarya Rai has come a long way from her first role in a Bhansali film. Aishwarya played the role of Nandini Darbar in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. In that film, her makeup look was simple brick-toned brown lips and black kohl. This was a stark contrast from her bold and vamp-like look as Sofia D’Souza in Guzaarish. Aishwarya took on a more sophisticated and grown-up makeup look in Guzaarish with her dark red lips and kohl-rimmed eyes. From the bright red rose she wore in her long braided dark hair to her deathly black clothing, Aishwarya’s look in Guzaarish was the perfect example of goth.

4. Leela Sanera In “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela”: Deepika Padukone

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Ram-Leela was released at a time when the Indian beauty vlogger community was blooming, and so Deepika’s bold and sensual makeup look in the film was recreated quite often. At the time, a Korean beauty fad that involved tinting the inner center of your lips was massively popular. This gave your lips a natural-looking flush appearance, just like Deepika’s Leela had. Her look was only amplified by her bold smokey eye look and thick lashes. Although Deepika ditched the typical liquid eyeliner that Bhansali heroines are most known for rocking, her eyes were tightlined, and we’re totally here for it! As the film progresses, the shadow of her makeup grew in intensity and led to her character developing a more serious look.

5. Kashibai In “Bajirao Mastani”: Priyanka Chopra Jonas

In Bajirao Mastani, we see the leading ladies, Deepika and Priyanka, rocking similar long false lashes, a soft liquid brush blended into their natural skin tone, and a simple lip color was blotted into an au-natural matter stain. Her look, however, differed from Deepika’s Mastani through her unique chandrakor, which marked her identity as a Maharashtrian. She truly gave her culture the representation it deserved in this film.

6. Mehrunissa In “Padmaavat”: Aditi Rao Hydari

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Aditi’s character, Mehrunissa, rocked flawless yet pared-down makeup, and beautiful grey eyes were lined with kohl. We like how her lash line was neatly volumized with mascara and how the attention was drawn to her big and vibrant eyes. Of course, one of the most significant aspects of her entire look was the large hooped nose ring that adorned her soft porcelain-like face. Her characters’ complete makeup look was in stark contrast to Deepika’s more “untamed” look, which allegedly made headlines for her oddly bushy brows (who cares how thick someone’s eyebrows are!).

7. Gangubai Kathiawadi In “Gangubai Kathiawadi”: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi is a combination of Aishwarya’s bold red lip look in Guzaarish and Deepika’s smokey eyes look from Ram-Leela. Alia’s looks as the lead character blew our minds in the trailer, and we like seeing this more mature and powerful version of her. Known for her quirky and cute girl-next-door looks, it took her plenty of more mature roles to break that image, and like in Gangubai Kathiawadi, we hope to see many more avatars of hers.

All of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s characters have a uniqueness to them, and we have to admit that we’ve wanted to try out every single one of their looks at different time periods. Do let us know which of these leading ladies rocked your favorite looks in the comment section below!

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Niharika has a passion for all things art, music and travel. During her spare time she likes experimenting in the kitchen, painting pop culture icons and chasing after random street cats. Her dream is to one day own an amusement park so she can ride roller coasters for free.