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Jodha Akbar To Padmaavat: 7 Bollywood period dramas to watch just for their costumes

Bollywood is known for its vast array of content, we have romantic dramas, thrillers, supernatural horror flicks and many more. But the best are the Bollywood period dramas. These films are not only high on content but also a delight to the eye. All thanks to the larger than life elaborate sets, heavy jewellery, and a taste of rich history.

There is no denying the fact that Bollywood period dramas are the best way to entertain your soul. When it comes to period dramas Bollywood leaves no stone unturned to keep the viewers fascinated. Be the larger-than-life sets, grand characters or plots all these and many more other things take viewers back to the Mughal-era, Colonial era, Modern history and more. Therefore period dramas are the perfect way to escape reality for a few hours.

The period dramas bring to the fore the grand reality of the past.  This genre has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in recent times, be it Jodhaa Akbar, Padmaavat or Tanhaaji, each has left the audience enchanted.

Here we bring you the list of the top  7 best Bollywood period dramas:

Jodha Akbar:

The timeless romance between Emperor Akbar and his gorgeous wife Jodha was brought to life by the award-winning performance of Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The Ashutosh Gowariker directorial was a bejewelled painting that brought alive the Mughal Era for the viewers. The sets the dresses and most loved was the jewellery that became a fashion trend. Where Aishwarya looked breathtaking as the Queen. Hrithik oozed regalness that left the viewers impressed.


Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer showcased the pride of the Rajputs as they cross swords with the raiders to protect the honour of their women. Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as the evil raider Alauddin Khilji is one of the best period dramas by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

 Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior

Set in the 17th century, it revolves around the brave Maratha Sardar Tanaji’s attempts to recapture the Kondhana fortress from the Mughal Sardar Udaybhan Singh Rathore. Ajay Devgn as Tanhaji the brave Maratha Sardar was truly a Force to be reckoned with. Saif Ali Khan as Udaybhan was quite fearsome. Kajol too looked dazzling as Tanhaji’s wife. The way Tanhaji portrayed the characters and the rich heritage of Marathas was a blessing for the eyes.

Bajirao Mastani


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This is another visual delight by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Bajirao Mastani is about Maratha Peshwa Bajirao (Ranvir and his relationship with his second wife, Mastani (Deepika Padukone). Priyanka Chopra as Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai left a mark on the minds of the audience. Deepika, Ranvir and Priyanka together were the perfect trio to bring alive the historical characters.

Manikarnika The Queen Of Jhansi

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, a leading figure of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Aptly played by Kangana Ranaut the movie was a perfect ode to the freedom fighter. The huge sets and the amazing navwaris with perfectly matched jewellery restricted to Maharashtrian styles—like the moti haar and the pohe haar were a visual delight.


Shahrukh Khan played the role of Asoka the 3rd century BCE emperor of the Maurya Dynasty. Kareena Kapoor as Princess Kaurwaki of Kalinga was a perfect foil to SRK’s rough and tough character. Together they brought alive the Mauryan dynasty and its many intrigues. The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival with rave reviews.

Mughal E Azam

Probably the most famous Bollywood period drama of all time, Mughal-E-Azam takes place during the reign of Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor). It is all about Akbar’s son Salim(Dilip Kumar) and his love for a court dancer Anarkali(Madhubala) . The love has to face the wrath of the Mughal Emperor. It is celebrated today as one of the finest Hindi films ever made.

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