Happy 60th Chiranjeevi! And many happy returns!
Considering the spate of historical epics across the Indian film industries of late, I think it is time to consider Chiru’s visual contribution to the ‘sword and sandal’ oeuvre. Who knows? Maybe we will see toga redux in his 150th film.
Chiranjeevi was never averse to giving the audience some skinshow. As good friend Beth recently commented, “Chiru wears and not-wears with equal aplomb.” He was fearless when it came to wardrobe choices and the question “Why Chiru?” has sparked many a late night philosophical debate with The Mahesh Fan.
Broadly speaking, his toga oriented costumes fall into three categories.
The historically accurate toga or princely miniskirt
Because it is all about the historical accuracy.
The mini toga as outdoor wear
This would have presented challenges both for the wearer and the observer. Horse riding. Ouch!
The gladiatorial political statement
AKA ‘Your Comeuppance Has Arrived’.
I’m sure there are more examples. I did exclude songs involving hitched up lunghis or dancing in underwear or bathers as that is outside of the scope of most (but I suppose not all) historical fantasy epics. Here is a playlist so you can see the glory of these costumes in motion – Let me know of any additions!