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PIX: When Deepika, Kareena, Ash wore spectacles!

Last updated on: May 27, 2013 08:41 IST
Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
In movies, wearing glasses have little to do with weak eyesight. The thumb rule here is if you need spectacles, you must be a nerd.

But since it all boils down to looking gorgeous, they'll eventually dump them for a pair of contact lenses.

Here's looking at Bollywood's bespectacled beauties.

Deepika Padukone, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

One glimpse of Deepika Padukone and 'Scholar Naina,' is how Ranbir Kapoor identifies her in the trailer of Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Her Naina Talwar is the sensitive, studious type that undergoes a mini revolution of its own after bumping into her lively old classmate from school. 

Considering DP wears glasses in real life too, she appears more than comfortable in those square frames.

Kareena Kapoor, 3 Idiots

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Kareena Kapoor in 3 Idiots
Everybody is academically-inclined in Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots. And Kareena Kapoor as a medical student and younger daughter of the disciplinarian principal of an engineering college clearly has spent a lot of time with her syllabus books.

Her coloured frames, however, made her look lovelier than usual and became a huge hit with the glasses crowd.

Katrina Kaif, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani

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Katrina Kaif in Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani
One doesn't see Katrina Kaif in specs all the time but she does have a number, which is underscored every time she shows up in these rimless eyeglasses.

Apparently, our desi Belle is mad about books and the library, where she works, is one of her favourite places to be.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Guzaarish

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Guzaarish
She wears Sabyasachi maxis, dark red lips, smoky eyes and, occasionally, a pair of glasses, reading glasses.

Here's a glimpse of the stunning Aishwarya Rai as Nurse Sofia in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish.

Rani Mukerji, Babul

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Rani Mukerji in Babul
Although Ravi Chopra's Babul is assuredly melodramatic in its content, Rani Mukerji has fun with her geeky chic vibe, styled by Sabyasachi again, in a pair of reddish brown glasses.

Of course, then Salman Khan enters the picture and glasses make way for glamour.

Chitrangada Singh, Desi Boyz

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Chitrangada Singh in Desi Boyz
Writer Dorothy Parker once said, 'Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.'

She obviously hadn't seen Chitrangada Singh's sizzling hot avatar as a sexy professor in thick specs in an equally dense comedy.

Preity Zinta, Kal Ho Naa Ho

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Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Naa Ho
As Naina Catherine Kapur, Preity Zinta is emotionally distressed owing to her family's dark history and struggling finance. She likes to keep herself concealed and low-profile. And specs contribute a great deal in keeping that appearance before she falls head over heels for her charismatic neighbor, Shah Rukh Khan.

Instead, her Ali Macgraw in Love Story-inspired look became a rage and suddenly PZ's black chashma became the 'in' thing.

Kajol, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
In Aditya Chopra's iconic romance, glasses point out to the difference in personalities of Raj and Simran. He's wayward, she's serious. He's an outdoor guy, she's into books.

Bam, enter, reading glasses! And quite a dorky pair too.

Vidya Balan, No One Killed Jessica

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Vidya Balan in No One Killed Jessica
As the no-nonsense sister of the shot victim, Vidya Balan maintains an extremely toned down look in the Raj Kumar Gupta's No One Killed Jessica.  

Part of her relatable appeal is boosted by an addition of spectacles.

Sonam Kapoor, I Hate Luv Storys

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Sonam Kapoor in I Hate Luv Storys
I Hate Love Storys actually has an explanation for Sonam Kapoor's on and off bespectacled avatar in the rom-com.

She gives contacts a slip to wear good ol' glasses every time she has a tiff with her boyfriend or feeling low.

Urmila Matondkar, Khubsoorat

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Urmila Matondkar in Khubsoorat
Aye Shivani, tu lagti hai naani,' sniggers Sanjay Dutt during one of the songs in Khubsoorat. The purpose of glasses here, in typical Bollywood style, is to suggest glasses age a person and conceal their pretty countenance.

Can't say we are fans of Urmila Matondkar's Bapuish blinkers either.

Karisma Kapoor, Silsila Hai Pyaar Ka

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Karisma Kapoor in Silsila Hai Pyaar Ka
Karisma Kapoor wears glasses in real life too. And has no qualms about sporting them on screen.

Whether to play a bright schoolgirl in Andaz, hypochondriac rich kid in Dhanwan or a bespectacled Cinderella in Silsila Hai Pyar Ka, Lolo is all game.

Juhi Chawla, Aaina

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Juhi Chawla in Aaina
Again, glasses enter the picture to emphasise on contrasts between two sisters, the arrogant, overconfident, ambitious Amrita Singh and the soft-spoken, considerate and docile Juhi Chawla.

After playing the plain Jane to the hilt in boring clothes, dull pigtails and big glasses in the first half, Chawla transforms into a poised lady of the house in the second.

Rekha, Ijaazat

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Rekha in Ijaazat
In Gulzar's sensitive relationship drama, a formerly married couple spends the night at a railway station's waiting room ruminating over the past and its many memories.

Things have changed for Rekha's Sudha, Naseeruddin Shah realises. She now wears glasses, she also remarried.

Sonam, Mitti Aur Sona

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Sonam in Mitti Aur Sona
How to lend a character some disparity when essayed by the same person? Simple, one wears glasses, the other dabs gloss.

And so Sonam, plays the dual life of a college going nerd during the day and flesh trading call girl till the wee hours of night, in 1989's Mitti Aur Sona.  

Deepti Naval, Angoor

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Deepti Naval in Angoor
Gulzar's Angoor is that rare film where the heroine unapologetically wears glasses from start to finish.

As Sanjeev Kumar's curious, clever and nerdy sis-in-law, Deepti Naval looks rather goofy in that over-sized pair, wouldn't you say?

Zeenat Aman, Hare Rama Hare Krishna

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Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Zeenat Aman makes quite a style statement with her funky eye wear as the proverbial flower child in Dev Anand's Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

There's nothing gimmicky though. She's has an increased eyesight power ever since she was a kid, remember Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka?

Jaya Bhaduri, Kora Kagaz

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Jaya Bhaduri in Kora Kagaz
Whoa, that's a humungous pair of glasses adorned by a petite Jaya Bhaduri in the marital drama, Kora Kagaz.

Her specs supposedly suggest experience but this is simply overkill.

Sadhana, Love in Simla

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Sadhana in Love in Simla
Imagine the lovely Sadhana without her trademark fringe in a pair of dreary glasses that hide half her face?

Well, you don't have to. Just look at this picture of hers from debut, Love in Simla.