picture from BollyWHAT? (slightly cropped by me)
Sunny’s post, a few months ago, about the James Bond film Octupussy, got me thinking about the appearance of sarees in western films. In particular I seem to recall that sarees appeared quite often in films during the mid to late sixties. These appearances were mostly in the background (I suspect as a way of giving a scene an ‘international’ feel, airports, hotel foyers etc.) but not here.
This is a still from ‘The Pink Panther’, made in 1963. It stars Peter Sellers (in the middle with his back to us) and Claudia Cardinale as Princess Dahla. (Where she is a princess of is neatly side stepped in the film.) As much of the film is set in a ski resort the princess mostly wears warm western clothes but towards the end the action moves to Paris and Miss Cardinales wardrobe becomes more interesting. Only one saree I’m afraid but this striking pale pink number is reserved for a pivotal scene in the film.