PIX: Bollywood gals love their jhumar!
Jewels don't merely sparkle. They make statements too.
Like the dazzling jhumar or side maang tikka often sported by our Bollywood darlings.
The timeless ornament has made one hot comeback with Kareena Kapoor's new age mujra, Dil Mera Mufta Ka in Sridhar Raghavan's Agent Vinod co-starring beau Saif Ali Khan. Confidently perched on one section of her perfectly coiffed hair, the eye-catching jewel takes a life of its own even as its wearer breaks into an oomph-exuding jig.
On that note, here's tracing Bollywood's jhumar fetish.
Image: Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod
Malaika Arora Khan, Housefull 2
Along with Bebo, BFF Amrita Arora's big sister, Malaika too, is doing the rounds with her brand new item song (Anarkali Disco Chali) in Housefull 2.
The jhumar adds a nice touch to her sexy take on Anarkali.
Image: Malaika Arora Khan, Housefull 2
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bunty Aur Babli and Umrao Jaan
The ethereal Indian beauty is every costume drama's dream. So whether she's suggestively flaunting her Kajra Re blue-greens in Bunty Aur Babli or depicting a classic courtesan in Umrao Jaan, Ash rocks the jhumar like no other.
Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bunty Aur Babli and Umrao Jaan
Rekha, Umrao Jaan
While on Umrao Jaan, can the real deal be far behind?
Her look in Muzzafar Ali's poetic classic continues to be loved, admired and emulated. Needless to say, the exquisite pearls tikka tucked in her mane is just as memorable.
Image: Rekha, Umrao Jaan
Madhuri Dixit, Devdas
Another portrayal of a courtesan that hit popularity charts is Madhuri Dixit's turn as Chandramukhi in Devdas. And opulent bling was one of the most visible features of this largely superficial adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel.
Image: Madhuri Dixit, Devdas
Meena Kumari, Pakeezah
It is, however, to highlight Meena Kumari's iconic portrait in Pakeezah that the studded jhumar makes its most resplendent appearance.
Image: Meena Kumari, Pakeezah
Rani Mukerji, Mangal Pandey: The Rising
In Bollywood, prostitutes don't just have a heart of gold. They wear it too.
Rani Mukerji's Heera in Mangal Pandey: The Rising is case in point.
Image: Rani Mukerji, Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Katrina Kaif, Tees Maar Khan
There's more to her than a midriff. Katrina Kaif offers some glittering relief in an inexplicably boring comedy.
Image: Katrina Kaif in Tees Maar Khan
Soniya Jehan, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story
As a precious reminder of its Mughal origins, the rich and regal jhumar sits pretty on Empress Mumtaz Mahal's, essayed by Soniya Jehan, flawless forehead, in director Akbar Khan's ambitious debacle, Taj Mahal
Image: Soniya Jehan, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story
Konkona Sen Sharma, India International Jewellery Week
It makes an equally high impact on Konkana Sen Sharma when the latter walked the ramp to showcase Amrapali's lavish collection at a jewellery show.
Image: Konkona Sen Sharma, India International Jewellery Week