The poster for the new Ranveer Singh-starrer Simmba released on Thursday. While we are all waiting with baited breath to sink our teeth into a new Ranveer movie, the poster brings to fore the mainstay of cop movies in Bollywood - the aviator sunglasses. Any cop portrayed on the silver screen is incomplete without the iconic glasses, but why?
The glasses ooze masculinity and announce ‘brave’ and ‘courageous’ to the world. From Salman in Dabaang, Ajay Devgn in Singham, Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathore to John Abraham in Force, the aviators have been part of their wardrobe. The glasses are ubiquitous to cop movies in Bollywood. However, how did aviators get this famous?
The iconic Tom Cruise in Top Gun
The answer lies in World War II. As the name suggests, aviators were used by, well, aviators. They were first designed for American pilots who ditched the outmoded flight googles for the lighter, thinner and ‘more elegant looking’ aviators. General Douglas MacArthur, who was a pilot, was the first person to make the aviators popular. He was photographed when he landed on a beach in the Philippines during the war and his image set a lasting impression.
General Doughlas MacArthur
The Second World War marked a new era in modern warfare due to its sheer magnitude and far reaching effects. Actress Vanessa Brown once said, “The war necessitated a new kind of military demeanor and gave rise to new definitions of the heroic stance which was to have a profound influence on modern fashion.”
That is where the aviators became synonymous with heroism. It wasn’t Bollywood that gave birth to the trend but Hollywood who employed the sunglasses as a prop for heroic characters.There you have it, the connection between aviators and heroes!