Open letters and mile-long think pieces blather on and on about Karan Johar’s contribution to Bollywood. Crony or critic, neither camp can deny his 2001 blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is — to put it intelligently — the bomb.
Tell us that you did not weep uncontrollably when Shah Rukh Khan hugged Jaya Bachchan for the last time before being kicked out by Amitabh Bachchan for marrying Kajol and we’ll show you a liar. Aside from all the tears and sangeet earworms, the landmark film also gave us Poo.
Played by Kareena Kapoor, you'll remember Poo as the queen of the unexplained make-over. The oily-haired bully of Chandni Chowk transformed into a fashion-forward Mean Girl, studying at an unnamed London university attended exclusively by beautiful cheerleaders. And if you've been following style trends religiously, you'll notice that Poo's wardrobe from 15 years ago — teeming with crop tops, animal print accents and fur collars — could easily have been stolen off a fashion runway in 2016.
Sartorially ahead of her time? The pictures in our gallery (above) speak for themselves.
Way before Sabyasachi styled Anushka Sharma in a fur collar on our October 2016 cover, Poo had one for every day of the week (or at least for every mood).
When Kylie Jenner Snapchatted a picture of her outfit recently, people couldn't help notice how much it resembled Poo's iconic prom outfit from the film. Sorry Kylie, crop tops were Poo's thing before you were old enough to read. Poo stood by her abbreviated clothing choices even when the world tried to slut-shame her, proving her feminist credentials.
Poo's prom outfit was on trend for more than one reason. Her flared pants with front slits made a comeback this year in collections ranging from Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall to Cushni Et Ochs Fall/Winter 2017, as seen on our November cover star Alia Bhatt.
Labels from Anita Dongre to Amrapali have made the haath phool the accessory to own this season. Not only did Poo own one first, she paired the traditional jewellery item with her prom outfit (which clearly deserves a movie of its own).
One of the hottest trends of 2016, designers from Sabyasachi to Saint Laurent mixed contrasting textures but they were pretty late to the party. Poo was the OG of mixing sequins with leather and carrying it off like the queen that she was.
Animal print accents
Kenzo X H&M bombarded our consciousness with animal print in every form and colour possible. But as always, Poo had been there, done that as far back as 2001.
Fifteen years before this became a major beauty trend at the New York Fashion Week, Poo was making an argument for ditching the tweezers and rocking what your mama gave you.
Resting bitch face
Long before it became a topic of research, Poo owned the RBF and instilled fear into the hearts of observers (or annoying catcallers) with just a glance.