Raabta is all about reincarnation, which gives Sukanya Verma reason to compare pre and post reincarnation looks of characters actively engaged in punar janam.
Unfulfilled desire is what drives many a rebirth in Bollywood.
Romance or retribution, it's one of the most dramatic but reliable modes to ensure things end on a happier note the second time round.
As the reincarnation typically happens over a period of time, what's most conspicuous about this phenomenon is a change in appearances.
Like in Dinesh Vijan's upcoming Raabta, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon go from chic city dwellers to Gothic tribal folk in an unspecified time.
On that note, here's comparing the pre and post reincarnation looks of characters actively engaged in the process of punar janam.
Om Shanti Om
Before reincarnation: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone channel the '70s movie star vibe in Farah Khan's exuberant depiction of retro Bollywood.
After reincarnation: The duo adheres to the modern-day fashion code of smart casuals designed to highlight their gym-toned bodies more than anything else.
Love Story 2050
Before reincarnation: Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja stick to skirts and suits.
After reincarnation: It's only in 2050 when PC and her Hrithik clone co-star get truly adventurous sporting a futuristic wardrobe that's as bizarre as the contents of this abysmal movie.
Not to forget Chopra's bright orange hair.
Before reincarnation: In Sanjay Gupta's high strung love triangle, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol paint Mahabaleshwar red in floral prints, bell sleeves and bell bottoms typical of the psychedelic '70s.
After reincarnation: It's back to simple salwar kameez and sari for Kajol and '90s style Bollywood hero outfits for Saif.
Before reincarnation: Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan look rather cute as Raakhee's kurta dhoti-clad boys in rural Rajasthan.
After reincarnation: Enter leather jackets, jeans & boots to assert their more macho, revenge ready edition.
Before reincarnation: Sanjay Kapoor's long-delayed, disastrous debut opposite Tabu pitches one as English basu and another as a tribal beauty.
After reincarnation: Not much changes about Kapoor's costumes, but Tabu's transformation from exotic to city slick is obvious.
Before reincarnation: Salman Khan is part Conan-the barbarian, part-Kid Rock.
After reincarnation: Salman is back to his Prem self.
Before reincarnation: Raj Kiran is Raj Kiran.
After reincarnation: Raj Kiran is Rishi Kapoor.
Before reincarnation: Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini's besotted lovers embrace the cool, romantic ambience of Himachal hill stations in the traditional attire of the region.
After reincarnation: It's suits and saris for the erstwhile pahari villagers reborn as city dwelling elite.
Before reincarnation: A royal court singer and its courtesan fall in love in a story doomed romance.
After reincarnation: A stage singer and gypsy girl fall in love without further ado and much better luck.
Before reincarnation: In A Subba Rao's remake of his Telugu hit Mooga Manasulu, Nutan plays a widow whose bond with the village boatman Sunil Dutt is frowned upon socially.
After reincarnation: Oblivious to their connection in a previous incarnation, they play beaming newly weds learning about their tragic past.
Before reincarnation: Waheeda Rehman is a princess whose love affair with the royal painter gets the latter executed by the king.
After reincarnation: A demoralised, shabbily treated housewife with a serious sleepwalking disorder.