Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Laundry Laafda.

I love love love Genelia's gladiators, but wish she'd opted for dressier shorts instead of jean shorts for the Life Partner promotional event at INOX in Mumbai. I'm pretty ambivalent about her top, but her hair is totally cute.
As for Tushaar, all I can say is that in addition to evidently shrinking his jeans in the wash (a little tight aren't they?), he must have also accidentally dipped his shirt sleeves in a vat of bleach. Listen, buddy. If you're going to be posing in photos with a hot young thing like Genelia, you're going to have to kick it up a notch. This fuddy duddy clueless fashion bumbler look is not scoring you any points. Genelia, by comparison, glows.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Who's the Fairest of Them All?

Minissha attended producer Ramesh Taurani's anniversary bash in bold, statement red. That's the upside. The downside, is that I don't much care for the combination of satin and puffy Snow White sleeves. It seems to overwhelm Minissha's petite frame.
Photo: Reuters Pictures.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Where in the World is Desipolitan?

Dear Readers,

For the next three weeks, I will be traveling and will unfortunately not be able to post much. Please don't be terribly disappointed if you check this site out between now and September and discover that I haven't posted a thing. I will miss blogging and your comments greatly, and I promise to get right back to it when I return from my travels. Until then, I hope you all take care, and I look forward to hearing from you when I return.

xoxo,
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With or Without?

Piggy Chops is a lovely gal, no doubt. Which makes her hair do at the NDTV-Toyota Green Campaign in New Delhi, all the more jarring. This latest iteration of shoulder length hair is by far the worst: it's too shaggy, and much too-layered. Looks like Aunty ji's scissors have struck again after a long hiatus.
The only thing worse than an awful hair cut, is a bad hair cut poorly camouflaged by totally obvious hair extensions a la Piggy promoting Kaminey in Mumbai. Yikes and double yikes.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

What the Fug?!

Publicity hound, Mallika Sherwat showed off her assets at the L.A. premiere of Inglourious Basterds in well ... what to call it? It's missing so much material that it hardly qualifies as a gown. Ms. Sherawat presents me with a dilemma. So I will toss the question on to you, dear readers. What on earth do you call Ms. Sherawat's attire?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Reality Bites.

TV, that is. Remember when we last talked about the "original bachelorette" (kickin' in it Ramayan style) swayamvar concept show starring the one and only Rakhi Sawant? Well it really did play out on TV ... I guess thsoe producers didn't come to their senses. Rakhi chose Canadian contestant Elesh Parujanwala in the not-at-all-staged finale which also served as their sagaii. Rakhi wore a heavily embroidered Neeta Lulla lehnga and jewels by Farah Khan.
It looks like Rakhi was trying hard to emulate La Rai by choosing her favorite designer and similar-looking jewelry.
If she was trying to copy La Rai, she's way off the mark. Though weighed down in gold and heavy silks, Aish radiated elegance at her wedding. Rakhi just looks like a wannabe that didn't quite make it. Or maybe, even if you weren't a huge fan of La Rai's wedding ensembles, you can't help but notice how beautiful and happy she looked. Rakhi on the other hand, isn't a good enough acctress to convince anyone that she's truly happy with this jodi. What say?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Twinnies?

Seeing Genelia and Tusshar promoting Life Partner in Ahmedabad, I can't help but wonder if there was a directorial mandate that the stars must dress alike while promoting the film. Genelia pulls of the crisp button down/dark denims look off just about 10,000 times better than Mr. "man-cleavage" Kapoor. I like her chunky statement necklace - it adds some quirkiness to a staid look. I just wish her stylist had found a smaller belt that actually fits her properly. Ah well. She's pretty close to perfect IMO.
Photo: Reuters Pictures.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cover Story.

Check out Kat on the cover of Elle in an Amit Aggarwal maxi. We don't really get a good look at the dress, so no comment there. Her makeup is absolutely luminous - love the shimmer at the cheekbones. I think a swipe of the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Beige would do the trick nicely. But I am not a fan of those Medusa-extensions. The way they're blowing about, it's kinda creepy.

AmBo* Strikes Again.

*that's "American Bollywood". These competitors on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance debuted their so-called Bollywood routine the other night. Looks like the AmBo craze is really taking off in the States in the post-Slumdog era. I can't comment on the dance itself, as I haven't located a video - yet - but I have this to say with loads of sarcasm: "thank you SYTYCD for this multi-culti costuming mashup." It looks more like Aladdin than Bollywood IMHO. And that skirt ... it is beyond scandalous! Whaddaya say?
Photo: Getty Images.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bollywood Hits Times Square.

It's Thursday, which means it is not-Friday. Here's a lil' somethin' somethin' that should cheer you up or at least provoke a few giggles. It's a promotional stunt for Christ Kattan's Bollywood Hero, a three-part miniseries airing on IFC. It also stars an authentic Bolly export, Neha Dhupia. But more on this later! For now, check out this clip (in which both Kattan and Dhupia make cameos) of enthusiastic dancers breaking out in full-fledged dance at Times Square ... it's in the vein of that group of performers who broke into choreographed dance at a mall .... I should warn you, the choreography is a little bland (and it looks like they didn't have much lead time for rehearsing either); it's not exactly the work of Farah Khan, and it's not exactly Bollywood either. I term this genre of dance "American Bollywood" because it just doesn't seem authentic to me. It's cropping up everywhere these days! Remember the Oscars and Leno? But, that being said, it should make you smile nonetheless. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sister Act.

The Sen sisters strolled the ramp at a recent fashion show in Kolkata. Riya appeared as a radiant Rajasthani bride in a rich hued lehnga by Sreyas Goenka. The jewelry was very Jodhaa Akbar in my mind. Riya was equally lovely in a more subdued but no less elegant black sari by Manoj Agarwal.
Raima walked for designer Sandeep Baltani. These girls look fantastic in earthy tones and neutrals. Is it just me, or does that ruffle remind anyone of Queen Elizabeth I? Speaking of royalty, the Sen sisters are the great-granddaughters of Indira Raje of Cooch Behar. The girls adopted their mother, actress Moon Moon Sen's surname. Their father, Habi, was the son of Ila Devi, Indira Raje's eldest daughter and sister to the late Maharani Gayatri Devi.
Photos: Reuters Pictures.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Khaas Baat.

Looks like we've got ourselves a real life Marigold! Sometimes reality can mimic films ... I guess it's not always the other way around! JustJared confirms that My Name is Earl actress Jaime Pressley recently got engaged to bf Simran Singh, an entertainment lawyer. Beautiful actress weds dashing attorney ... how very filmi! Congratulations to the newly engaged couple!

Monday, August 3, 2009

This Job's a Cinch!

Seriously. Vidya's tailor has got to have the world's easiest job! He's got a basic template which we all know by heart by now: full-sleeved anarkali. By simply swapping in ruby red and contrasting chudidaar/dupatta, her tailor's created a noticeable change from her usual monochromatic looks. Now if only Vid would opt for a non-anarkali style for a change. This girl's singlehandedly wearing out that trend. Pun intended!

No Comment.

Words escape me. I know. I know. You're thinking: "what's so outrageous that Desipolitan is shocked speechless?" Well, kids, take a look for yourselves: Jackie at Dev Anand's Jewel Thief screening.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Color Coordinated.

Asin looked lovely in a wash of bold, vibrant color at the launch of the "Lighting Up a Billion Lives" public service campaign. The mandarin color really lights up her complexion, which is further enhanced by a touch of coral blush on the apples of her cheeks. I like that she avoided the matchtastic trap and opted for a pale gold clutch instead. Kudos, Asin!
Photo: Reuters Pictures.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Maharani Remembered.

HH Maharani Gayatri Devi (1919-2009)
The brilliant and charismatic former Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi passed away at the age of 90 last Wednesday in Jaipur. Long after India abolished royal titles after independence, Gayatri Devi continued to be known both with affection and reverence as Rajmata (roughly translated, Queen Mother). The women of her family were known to be both exceedingly intelligent and possess exquisite taste, at a time in India where the former was yet to be acknowledged favorably. Gayatri Devi was a timeless beauty much like her mother, the Maharani Indira Raje of Cooch Behar. While Gayatri Devi was famous for making radiant appearances in her customary, light hued chiffon saris, it was Indira, a fiery woman and fashion icon, who popularized the style of sari draping most popular today. Gayatri Devi's formidable grandmother, the Maharani Chimnabai of Baroda once famously instructed Gayatri Devi to "never wear emeralds with a green sari ... they look so much better with pink."
Photo: AP Photo.
Gayatri Devi herself, was not content to flit about in exalted circles (though she did so with ease). Her grandmother Chimnabai having broken purdah - which for a royal of her time, was absolutely groundbreaking - Gayatri Devi followed suit and pursued her inherited interest in social welfare. Gayatri Devi championed the cause of girls' education in Jaipur and founded the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School. Not content with social activism alone, she pushed the trend, started by Chimnabai, forward, by entering politics. From her base in Jaipur, Gayatri Devi rallied her former subjects behind her cause, and was elected to parliament by the largest majority ever recorded.

Photo: Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.
If you are like me, and enthralled by the stories of Gayatri Devi and members of the Indian royalty who defied expectations, I highly recommend Lucy Moore's Maharanis: a Family Saga of Four Queens. In it, Moore presents a thorough yet eminently readable recounting of the lives of a family of powerful maharanis, ending of course with Gayatri Devi, whose life intersected with major political upheaval in India. The lives of Gayatri Devi's grandmothers and mother reveal India's inevitable course towards independence, with Gayatri Devi's life reflecting the fruition of independence as well as the political drama and aftermath. The passing of Gayatri Devi, the last Maharani of Jaipur, is indeed the end of an opulent and intriguing chapter in Indian history. May she rest in peace.
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