Tamil Cinema & Sarees

Tamil cinema is responsible for bringing a plethora of iconic and memorable characters to life, many of whom wear sarees. A simple, light fabric is sometimes accessorised just about right for effect. Sometimes, it’s the heavy silks that do wonders to highlight a character. Ranging from everyday wear to pieces that are likely to be passed on for generations, there is a lot that can be explored if one were to look at Tamil cinema for saree inspiration.

Palum Pazhamum

Sharing a name with a popular 1961 movie, the Palum Pazhamum style is an irony in its essence. It is a bold-hued checkered pattern that got famous because of a black and white movie! They are also called Saroja Devi sarees, after the lead actress in the movie. These Kattam silk sarees are most popular in the red and yellow combination. Neon Prints are also quite eye-catching!

Checked Sarees

Vinnaithandi Varuvaya

Maroon and dark green is a combination that’s easy to love, especially when a little glitter of gold is added to the mix. Trisha’s iconic look in Vinnaithandi Varuvaya makes the most of this classic style. The richness of these hues, when clubbed with a light fabric can be a great minimalistic pick to make a random day special.

Trisha in minimalistic cotton sarees from Vinaithandi Varuvaaya movie

Mouna Raagam

Solids and pastels made for the bulk of Revathi’s wardrobe in Mouna Raagam. Most of her sarees in the movie had a bright, patterned border, which elevated the entire look by a few notches. Mostly cotton and chiffon, these sarees were simple, everyday drapes that stood out for their simplicity.

Revathi in Mouna Raagam movie


Throughout the entire movie, Anushka Shetty and Ramya Krishnan stand out in their beautiful, regal attires. Their silk sarees are bright and often paired with puffy-shouldered blouses. Given the era in which the story is set, their sarees play a big role in helping them bring their characters to life, richly and elegantly — something that could be perfect for real-life festive wear!

Anushka Shetty Saree in Baahubali


Playing a young, unmarried woman in love, Shobana often wears bright red sarees. Paired with dark-hued blouses, they help accentuate the innocence of her character. Perfect for someone starting their journey in the world of nine yards, such sarees are light, bright and easy to manage.

Shobana Saree in Thalapathy

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