Amitabh Bachchan's 5 glasses frames to get the coolest style
What glasses does Amitabh Bachchan wear?
For over 50 years, Amitabh Bachchan has been a trendsetter. On one hand, he is the ultimate king of Indian cinema; on the other, his sense of fashion has earned him cult status. From retro aviator shades to Gandhi glasses to severe square frames, Bachchan’s eyewear choices are always flawless.
Read on to learn more about Bachchan’s career, movies and style. We take a look at some of his most iconic glasses moments and even show you where to find Amitabh Bachchan-inspired frames for yourself.
Amitabh Bachchan, movie icon and fashion trailblazer
There are superstars and megastars, and then there is a special league of extraordinary stars like Amitabh Bachchan. Worshipped by 1.38 billion people, Bachchan became a fashion icon in the Indian film industry way before we were well-versed with the term. From his sleek style to those statement glasses frames, Bachchan was, is and will forever be the true fashion icon.
Believe us, if you find Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and others' senses of glasses dapper — you haven't met the real icon yet. Bachchan's frame collection is the coolest of all. The young actors today struggle to ace his mannerism. Take a walk around the country, and you will surely find someone who admires him for his acting, style, vibe, persona, clothing, glasses and a lot more.
Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann calls him a legend, and he is undoubtedly one. Often referred to as the Shahenshah (the emperor) of Bollywood, the actor is the personification of grace and elegance. He is someone who always carries the element of glamour wherever he goes. And if you admire him, you can't miss his signature glasses frames that easily become a craze among his fans.
It was in 1969 that Amitabh Bachchan's first movie, Saat Hindustani (Seven Indians), released in the theatres. However, he got the taste of major success with director Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer (Chain) in 1973, which changed his career trajectory. Bollywood at that time had prominent romantic actors who dominated the space. Bachchan came as a fresh talent and established himself as the “angry young man" of B-town.
Bachchan since his heyday has been bold with his sunnies, glasses and frames. All those who have watched Amitabh Bachchan's movies would understand how glasses were pivotal to elevate every character he played. When most actors in the ‘70s played it safe, he was out experimenting and flaunting his sartorial choices.
He was among the ones who made oversized glasses a fashion statement. He was also the one who made wearing frames indoors a vogue. Indeed, it would be interesting for us all to know which glasses frame Big B wears.
5 glasses frames from Amitabh Bachchan's collection to get the coolest style
Aviator style glasses
The legendary superstar made the glasses movement big in Bollywood when they were still considered a side accessory. Eventually, they became a rage among the citizens. But there was a time when not many appreciated his choices. In fact, when he first donned those glasses, people thought he had lost his eyesight. Unbelievable, isn't it?
Sharing a throwback image of himself on Instagram in a purple and pink jacket and wearing oversized aviator glasses, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, "Wo bhi kya din the!!! (Even those were the days!!!) When wearing glasses like these publicly or at public functions was not considered ‘IT’ .. but I liked wearing them and did it .. they all thought I had lost my eye sight ..BUT .. you know what thought did.''
And then there came a time when every Indian tried to replicate that look.
Get this look: Talk about getting a similar style now, and one can check out Carrera and Gucci's eyewear collection. These unisex black-frame, grey-lens glasses by Carrera are made of thermosetting plastic and are hypoallergenic. They also have a surface coating that protects them from being damaged by makeup or sweat.
These oversized Gucci aviators have tinted lenses that change their shade as per the natural light. The highlight of this pair is the gold-tone hardware around the frame that makes them a must-have.
Price: INR 9,762 for Carrera and INR 41,903 for Gucci.
Round-rimmed, Windsor-style glasses — aka Gandhi glasses
Amitabh Bachchan's movie list has endless looks that have been imprinted on our minds, and, fascinatingly, most of his looks have had a signature frame.
Be it Amitabh Bachchan's Hori Khele Raghuveera song from the movie Bhagwan or his furious avatar from Sarkar, the actor is the true definition of raw and real talent. It has been five decades, but the actor still can cast magic with his filmography, even for the most uninterested people.
One of the most impeccable looks he pulled was in Ram Gopal Verma's 2005 Sarkar, wearing a black kurta, pajamas, and a red tikka on his forehead. Throughout the movie, he also wore simple Gandhi glasses that created the powerful role he was demonstrating.
While most times a pair of glasses might not do much, for playing the character of Subhash Nagre, it did set a precedent for the character. Those simple glasses stayed with the character throughout the three-part franchise, and Bachchan's name became synonymous with the movie title Sarkar.
In the movie, the glasses depict a strong and complex, layered character. However, in real life, these glasses are pure fun and can be tagged along with any look.
Get this look: The highlight of Gandhi glasses is that their iconic frames were frequently used by Mahatma Gandhi during the national movement and civil disobedience protests. A layer of history in your wardrobe would be a great addition. Get Amitabh Bachchan's movie look with these carefully crafted, unisex glasses from Ray-Ban and elevate your style game. They are hypoallergenic and come with a coated temple that keeps them stable and fixed on your face. If looking for gold frames in the same style, then Roberto Cavalli has that in store for you.
Price: INR 9,999 for Ray-Ban and INR 8,849 for Roberto Cavalli
Hexagon double-bridge frames
Not just the vintage touch, but Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter is in accord with even the latest fad. Hexagon double-bridge frames have been making waves in the market, and the actor totally knows how to self-approve the style. Taking to his Twitter, Bachchan shared a collage image sporting two different frames, and we loved the hexagon style.
Adding his thoughts about his lenses, he wrote, "The creative master on lens and lights embellishes my imagery .. and as ever my gratitude .. the first yes on camera lens .. the second on the eye lens .. whoever invented frames as fashion !!???"
The tinted pink lens seamlessly adds to the actor's graceful and crisp look.
Get the look: Trying to circle closer to Amitabh Bachchan's style? You can invest in the Police's Lewis Hamilton collection. The frames are inspired by the British F1 racing driver himself. Or you can go for a chic pair from Dolce & Gabbana. The grosgrain hexagonal style has a geometric frame, double bridge, tinted lenses and gold-tone hardware.
Price: INR 15,399 for Police and INR 35,453 + taxes for Dolce & Gabbana.
Unlike most actors, Amitabh Bachchan's family has been part and parcel of his reel and real life. Way before he tied the knot with Jaya Bachchan, he worked with her in several movies directed by the genius Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
The classic comedy-drama movie Chupke Chupke by the popular filmmaker earned a cult following. While Bachchan played the role of the simple professor Sukumar Sinha, one couldn't help but notice how artistic he got with the glasses frames he wore in the movie in 1975. The semi-rimless glasses had a thick metal temple that made them quite distinguishable.
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan have all worked together in a couple of other flicks that have won audiences’ hearts over and over again.
Get the look: If looking to add that missing quirky element in your day-to-day mode, add this look of Sr Bachchan for sure in your glasses collection. You can opt for Oakley's inner foil semi-rimless frames that offer a similar style in a contemporary design.
Price: INR 8,249 for Oakley
Thick black square/rectangle frames
Daddy-long-legs is often seen sporting glasses that become an impressionable trend and make their space in the wardrobes of millions. No matter what era we are living in, his choice of glasses has a refined style that can be considered fashionable forever.
One of Bachchan’s looks that people love is the thick, black, square-frame glasses. They ruggedly highlight his facial features but at the same time add a hint of finesse. He has worn these types of glasses in his latest release, Chehre, and also in his popular television show Kaun Banega Crorepati. The show is popular for its unique content, Bachchan's sublime hosting skills and also his debonair avatar.
Get this look: If you want that Chehre vibe, you are in for plenty of options. From Tom Ford to Gucci to Emporio Armani, and from Burberry to Ray-Ban to Oakley, you have a variety to choose from. Tom Ford gives you full-rim, shiny, black square glasses, and Emporio Armani offers a clip-on that lets you have both glasses and sunnies in one frame. Each brand comes with a signature style that sets it apart from others. Having any one of these would serve your purpose.
Price: INR 17,402 for Tom Ford; INR 17,029 for Gucci; INR 13,077 for Emporio Armani; INR 16,633 for Burberry; INR 10,741 for Ray-Ban; and INR 9,622 for Oakley.
“It” eyewear inspiration from the evergreen icon
When it comes to admiring someone for their couture and impeccable glasses choices, Amitabh Bachchan is the “It” star. There is no contender who can catch up with him. He can pull anything and everything with ease, be it neon-coloured glasses or printed style frames. Amitabh Bachchan's style is timeless, and his statement-worthy eyewear is all the proof you need. Period!
Page published in July 2021
Page updated in July 2021