This Onam, amp up your ethnic look by taking outfit inspiration from these stylish South Indian actors.
The harvest festival of Onam is a big day for Keralites. Usually, the state witnesses celebrations in the form of boat races, tiger dances, plantain offerings, martial arts and music, especially in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, which typically witnesses the grandest, most elaborate arrangements. Cool beards styles pictures.
This year, however, the festivities look different. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing state of affairs, the celebrations are low-key, keeping in mind social distancing norms. Instead of gathering guests, Malayalis are rejoicing at the simple and subtle customs: that of praying to the Onathappan, an incarnation of King Mahabali and Lord Vishnu in their homes and relishing ‘Sadya’ - a traditional South Indian meal on a banana leaf comprising staples such as thoran, pachadi, avial, banana chips and a variety of pickles. It goes without saying that revelers are also dressing up in ethnic attire for the occasion - which includes davani, also known as half saree, for women and mundu for men, a white-coloured cotton garment tied around the waist.
Many South Indian celebrities have popularized these statement outfits in their movies, giving people who celebrate the special occasion some fashion goals to aspire to. Askmen India shows you 5 Onam outfits sported by well-known actors from the South:
Mohanlal’s mundu styles are very popular among viewers of his Malayali movies. They generally have a broad border in a statement colour such as red and blue that match the colour of his kurta.
This Onam, though, Mohanlal wore a crisp white mundu with a golden strap in the centre and paired it with a plain blue kurta with his sleeves rolled up. He also wore a gold-coloured statement watch with this ensemble. He shared a picture of this look on his Instagram, where he’s seen posing next to a rangoli, to wish his fans a happy Onam.
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Nivin Pauly is undoubtedly a trendsetter. His look in the movie Premam became so famous that college-going students in South India were seen imitating his style during celebrations on campus.
This actor gave traditional clothes a contemporary spin-off by pairing a mundu with dark blue borders with a smart, well-fitted shirt that accentuated his muscular arms. The black shades and full beard added to his coolness quotient.
This Onam, the actor opted for a crisply ironed white mundu with golden borders and paired it with a baby pink shirt and black floaters.
Dulquer Salmaan is touted as one of the most stylish men in the country, who often makes it to the covers of reputed fashion magazines for his prim and proper outfit choices. However, it’s not just suits and blazers that Dulquer pulls off well, but also ethic clothes. And, he did this beautifully in CIA; his ensembleisperfect for a traditional festival like Onam.
He wore a charcoal grey shirt with a mundu with a silver kara. To replicate Dulquer’s Onam outfit, simply out for a kurta in an earthy colour like brown or beige and pair it with a plain white mundu.
In and as Kottayam Kunjachan, Mammotty charmed the audiences with his simple, foolproof ethnic style. He opted for a monochromatic outfit in the 1990 film that is now a go-to attire among men for the occasion of Onam.
He wore white from head to toe, barring his bold, black shades and a silver-strapped wrist watch. His kurta had long sleeves that were rolled up to his elbows. Mammotty’s mundu had a neutral coloured border that maintained the subtlety of the outfit. If you’re looking for a simple, understated look this Onam, Mammotty’s style is the way to go!
Prithviraj’s multi-faceted personality transcends in his ability to pull off all categories of clothing - be it high-end western outfits or traditional, ethnic ones. In the film Koshy Kurien, for instance, he gave us a smart and stylish outfit for Onam: a neutral coloured mundu with an earthy blue kurta that is as long as his knees - an unlikely combination that’s not been experimented with as much as it deserves to be.
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To accessorize this ensemble, the actor/director wore black shades and a gold chain around his neck. If you want to wear something unique and off-beat this Onam, take notes from Prithviraj ethnic outfits!
Onam is a special occasion that calls for some special clothing - and these actors are here to help you do it right!