‘No country for women’ they say; and looking at the statistics one has to agree. Whichever political party be in power, whichever community be around, women in India have always been vulnerable. Chances of any improvement in the situation appears to turn slimmer by the day.
Almost a decade ago as Sonam Kapoor graced the cover of Vogue magazine, Shobhaa De didn’t wait to tweet, “Sonam just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”. In another equally mindless tweet, Shobha types, “Never understood what the beautiful, intense, sensitive Smita Patil saw in the Blabbering Babber. Maybe he fed her 12 rupee meals?” The tweet came off as an unsavory one as Smita Patil isn’t amongst us to provide a well-deserved retort to the author’s insensitive rant.
Gone are the days of white clad, pitiable mothers in the entertainment. The new wave of television introduced in the wake of this millennium marked a change in how the country wanted to see its mothers.
“I love you too, sweetheart.” He responded instantaneously, almost rendering the young mother motionless for she mistook herself to be the fortunate addressee of her secret beloved’s consent, but it wasn’t long before she realized that Shah Rukh had returned her child’s declaration of love, not acknowledged her stealth. History repeats itself and so it did when I found my 6 year old niece approaching me with a Henna cone so I could paint on her little pink palms – Shah Rukh Khan.
When we look at these faces, they strike as one of our own – as though he is the guy that steals glances, as though she is the girl next door.
The incident is still pretty fresh in our memory – we are talking about Kangana Ranaut’s allegations on Karan Johar and the industry at large, that how it runs on nepotism. While we were following the story closely, we couldn’t help but notice that despite a long history and bond with the who’s who of Bollywood, the careers of many star kids fell flat on their faces while those who were alien to B’town have actually achieved unreal success.
You might have seen them creeping around our beautiful heroines, but that is limited to the screen. The villains of Bollywood are, in fact, blessed with wives that can double as heroines and share the screen space with them any day – that is how gorgeous they are. They’d make you spare a double look, but we suggest you don’t unless you want to end up surrounded by the mister and his gang armed with hockey sticks if not guns.
Just a decade ago, or maybe even lesser, when Indian actors were quenching the thirst of international fame through insignificant and blink-and-miss roles, an entire show with an Indian actress central to it seemed like a distant dream. Lovely is not ALWAYS fair – The times when the glamour world was dictated by the tone of skin, when the market was overturned with skin lightening and bleaching products, when we were fed the idea that beauty equals fairness and the Indian youth was hypnotized to slather their faces with fairness creams to get a job, to get an audition or to get married, it was Priyanka Chopra with her flawless dusky charm to contest and come victorious against the battle of presumptions. 30 is not the end – Priyanka was a teenager when crowned Miss World, she spent her twenties in establishing herself as a bankable actress in Bollywood.
Bollywood is a risky place for the trade of hearts, and the ever increasing appalling number of broken hasn’t done anything to prove us wrong.
If one thing Bollywood knows, it is to create drama out of nothing and everything. With our extra emotional dialogues, extra vibrant clothes, extra dose of song and dance we have created many epic moments.
Playboy is maybe the most controversial magazine ever published, racking up scandal after scandal since Hugh Hefner founded it in 1953. It was not the brainchild of editor-in-chief Hefner, but he agreed to the move that would change Playboy forever.
Obviously when Leonardo DiCaprio throws a party in Saint-Tropez, leggy models and famous friends fly in from all over the world to show their support. On Wednesday, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation threw its second annual gala at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard, in France. For the occasion, guests including Orlando Bloom, Mario Cotillard, the entire Stallone family, and DiCaprio's new girlfriend — in a lilac Roberto Cavalli gown — dressed to impress.