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Shilpa's Shaadi

Check out the snaps from Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra's nuptials held in Khandala. You'll probably notice striking similarities between Shilpa's wedding ceremony attire and accessories and Aishwarya's styling at her wedding. I'm told this is because both brides belong to the Bunt community of Mangalore. The gajra in her hair is a lovely, South Indian touch! For her reception, Shilpa's gown was designed by Tarun Tahiliani. Interestingly, she opted for head-to-toe gold with ruby and diamond jewelry designed by Anmol. The look was very bold and flashy, but then again, she was the bride so I suppose all eyes did belong on her. Photos: AP.

A Very Black Tie Affair

For the first White House state dinner of the Obama administration, the Obamas played host to Indian PM Manmohan Singh and First Lady Gursharan Kaur. For the occasion, a lavish banquet was thrown in honor of the Singhs. Michelle Obama was stunning in a creme, strapless Naeem Khan creation. Notice how she's piled on the bangdis desi style?
Photos: AP, Reuters
Among the A-listers in attendance for the glitzy event, I think Bhavna Shyamalan (w/o M. Night) was right on the mark in an elegant sari. Also pictured below: Jhumpa Lahiri along with her husband Alberto Vourvoulias and Gov. Bobby Jindal along with his wife Supriya. Photos: AFP/Getty

Thank you!

Just received some fun news in my in-box. It seems my blog has been nominated as part of the annual Indibloggies over at IndiBlogger. Thanks so much for the nomination. You can find desipolitan under the Best Entertainment Blog category. Do check out some of the others! It's certainly an honor to be included amongst so many fantastic blogs.

Thanks again, and happy Thanksgiving in advance!



Battle of the Tattered Denims.

Looks like Imran an Dino are locked in a fierce battle, each trying to outdo the other at the Bandra environment celebration. IMO, showing up anywhere other than to paint a house in shredded jeans, is a no-no. Therefore, I'd say they're both losers in this case! Photo: Getty.

Hannah Montana, Anyone?

Since when is adolescence hip? Either Aamna thinks it's cool to dress like a pre-teen, or she got carried away copying Kat without realizing Kat was (most regrettably) "in character" promoting a film while dressed in this childish manner. I guess this is what happens when you copy a fashionable celeb too carefully. Bottom line: just because you're attending a Children's Film Festival, doesn't mean you have to dress like one!
Photo: Bollywood Hungama.


La Rai unveiled the Filmfare "50 Most Beautiful People" issue in Mumbai in a look that fell uncharacteristically flat. No doubt the forest green is striking on her (but honestly, what color wouldn't look good on TMBWITW?), but I think her choice of accessories is iffy here. First off, i wish she'd have had her tailor take the hem of her dress up to just above knee level to lend it more shape. I'm not sold on the wide belt and I'm definitely disliking those close toe heels. If she had swapped in a pair of strappy silver sandals along with a thing, elegant, metallic belt, I think the overall result would have been more oomph than pffft.
Photo: Getty.

Lookin' Good.

Kareena and Saifu hit the ramp at India Couture Week, walking for Manish Malhotra. Peachy-pink is a lovely color on Bebo. The crushed velvet blue jacket actually looks good on Saifu - now we can all see where he gets his man cleavage obsession from. Since it has MM's tacit approval, Saifu must really think this is a great look for him to rock. Poor fool. Photo: Reuters.

What Gives, Kat?!

Ok, we cut her some slack last time and assumed that she was decked out in juvey fashion due to some contractual clause obligating her to dress like a pre-teen while promoting APKGK. However, I now present to you all, Exhibit 2: Katrina promoting De Dana Dan still attired in Limited Too-style attire. If said contractual clause appears in the contracts for all your forthcoming releases, Kat, I suggest you hire yourself a new management team and have such clauses permanently stricken! There's no reason I can think of for a 25-year-old to dress like this - hell, she shouldn't even be playing teenagers in movies let alone dressing like them in real life.Photo: Filmicafe.

You Be The Judge: LBD Edition.

Minissha, Neha and Mughda worked a Gilette promotional event in 3 very different takes on the LBD. Got a fave? Or put another way, which one looks the least tacky? p.s. if you think Minissha's heels look familiar, they should. She last wore them here. Photo: Getty.

Overkill Versus Just Right.

Overkill is the only word that can adequately describe Avanti Birla at HDIL Couture Week. Clingy dress, asymmetrical hemline, wild zebra print sandals and about 2 dozen hot pink Mardi Gras beads? It's all too much. Ms. Birla should have taken a cue from Dia who was elegant and understated in a full sleeve creme anarkali. Sometimes, less is more!Photos: BCCL.

Satin Pants x25?

Honestly, she's trotted them out so often that I've lost track! Raveena attended the Podar Institute book launch in those infamous satin pants of hers. Truthfully, this is more of a x2 squared because we've seen those godawful chappals a few too many times as well! Photo: Filmicafe.

AmBo All Over the Place!

I know I tend to approach AmBo with what might be considered an overly critical eye. Last time AmBo struck So You Think You Can Dance I was fairly disappointed in Nakul Mahajan's fusion choreography for the dancers who performed to (what else?) Jai Ho. This season, Mahajan has me changing my tune! I have to say, I agree with the judges - I think he actually nailed the blending of western and Bollywood styles without losing either of the styles in the process. With the Jai Ho number, I felt he lost the fluidity and grace of Bollywood and also watered down the technical aspects of western in his attempted fusion of the two. So, I approached this latest attempt with a healthy dose of skepticism. Take a look for yourselves, but I found this piece to be thoroughly enjoyable - it showcases what makes Bolly, Bolly but also highlights the dancers superior technique and movement control. The dancers dance to Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah from Jodhaa Akbar which itself is a very interesting musi…

Beauty and the Geek.

Freida and beau Dev strolled the red carpet at the BAFTA awards in LA and what a refreshing pair they make! Freida was just as fabulous as ever in Valentino while Dev happily mugged for the camera in his own style: geek chic. Love these two.Photos: Reuters.

Prego Couture.

Sometimes it can be tough dressing up while prego. Let's face it. You want to look good and no mu mu ever made anyone look good. No where is there more angst and frustration than in the sphere of finding attractive desi styles for the pregnant woman. Amrita Arora shows us how it's done at HDIL Couture Week. This mommy-to-be rocked out a specially designed chudidaar suit. Simple yet elegant. And that glow on her face is just unmistakable! If any readers have suggestions on where to find Indian fashions designed for maternity-wear, holla! I'm sure other desi mammas-to-be out there would appreciate it. Photos: Santabanta, Bollywood Mantra.

UFD Sighting.

Well we haven't had one of these in quite a while, have we? This Unidentified Fashion Disaster was spotted at HDIL Couture Week. Clearly, she has no business being there or she and her stylist got into a huge snit that day which resulted in this godawful choice of attire. First off, I have to ask: "what the hell is she wearing?" I don't mean this in the philosophical sense. I mean it literally. What is this? Is it a lehnga? Is it a kameez paired with a sari petticoat? Aside from this major issue, the overuse of varying shades of gold is totally overwhelming. A handbag that size when your outfit is already very voluminous, is a major mistake. It's sad, really. The top would make for a cute outfit if paired with oh ... I dunno ... a nice salwaar!
Photo: BCCL.

Streak Much?

Here's a look-see at 2 stars taking on a hair fad with 2 dramatically different results. Piggy Chops jumped on the hair streaking bandwagon with both feet. While attending a charity dinner, you'll notice her hair appears to be dipped in bright blue color at the ends. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. It's just about the only way she could make her bleh of a hair cut even worse. Add to that fact, that this particular hair color trend is not really suited for formal events, and you have a definite hair mishap. On the other hand, young up-and-comer Genelia nailed the trend. First off, let's start with the fact that Genelia was attending a premiere in a decidedly less formal context than Piggy C. She's off to a winning start already. Add to that, Genelia dipped her strands in bright pink but paired this with straight hair and you'll see why she's hitting the mark. Finally, Genelia achieves a edgy, young, rockstar look by pairing the bold hair statement with …

Lady in Red.

The fabulous Preity Zinta graced the closing ceremony of the MAMI festival decked out in her favorite color: red. While I'm not a huge fan of the Chanel handbag, I do like the gold accessories she's paired with her suit - I particularly love her sandals. She looks fantastic both in red and in desi attire. PZ knows how to take an otherwise simple suit and kick it up a notch in the glam department. The only thing I'd lose would be the satin border at the bottom of her kameez, but that's a mere trifle when her overall look is spot on! Photo: Glamsham.

(Facial) Hair Emergency.

Ok what is the deal here? First Emraan promoting Tum Mile and then Arbaaz at HDIL Couture Week. The one looks like a sleazy porn star, and the other, a straight up filmi villain. Seriously guys, what gives?Photos: Bharatwaves, Bollywood Mantra

No Brainer.

Lovely ladies Lara and Piggy C attended the Teacher's Achievement Awards. At said event, their mutual attendance was about the only thing the ladies shared in common. While Lara was a vision in shimmering black and gold with flowing tresses, Piggy was a glittering disaster. The oddly shaped, disco ball of a dress with her bizzare, shaggy hair cut were a total and complete disaster in my opinion.Photos: Reuters.

Cover Story: Fit for a Queen.

Check out Bebo on the November cover of Hi! Blitz. She looks every inch the part of a maharani. The bright pink is toned down by the golds and muted purple of the Manish Malhotra lehnga. From what I can see, the embroidery on the blouse is stunning. And check out the jewelry! It adds to the soft, antiquey vibe of the cover look. Photo: ApunKaChoice.

Sister, Sister.

Which duo's ultra-cas look are you digging at SRK's birthday bash? In my opinion, Karishma still looks put together albeit dressed down. Kareena on the other hand looks more slob than chic! And don't even get me started on Saif's display of man cleavage. Ugh. Photos: Bollywood Hungama.

25 Going On 12?

Somebody please tell me Kat's in-character while promoting her forthcoming release Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. What else can explain why a 25-year-old woman would make appearance after appearance in baby tees, schoolgirl skirts, and cutesy head bands? Smurfs? Minnie Mouse? Claire's accessories? It's all so saccharine sweet, it's cavity inducing. Take a look for yourselves: Photos: Bollywood Hungama.

Khaas Baat.

It's official! The Deccan Chronicle reports that Shilpa Shetty is set to wed financier boyfriend Raj Kundra on November 22 in Khandala. The couple recently had their engagement ceremony in Mumbai where la Shetty wore (what else?) a hot pink Manish Malhotra sari with heavy duty jewels by Anmol Jewelers. A big, Bolly-style wedding, and that too, of none other than Shilpa Shetty, promises to draw out our favorite Tinseltown celebs in their gaudiest wedding finery! Can't wait to see what the bride herself will be wearing. Though we can probably assume that the designer will be MM.
Photo: BCCL.

Sari Story.

I spotted a couple of beautiful sari looks on the MAMI festival red carpet. First up, Ms. Rani. Flawless hair and makeup plus a sari with just the right amount of jhak pak, and we can all see how phenomenal she looks with the right styling! Not one to be outdone, Nandita Das opted for her usual silk sari which she wore with her trademark subdued grace. I only wish she'd piled on a statement necklace/earring set to play up her burgandy blouse and liven up the creme a bit. But that's her style, and I gotta admire her for it. Plus, after seeing the Amisha debacle, I can't really complain.Photos: Bollywood Hungama.

On the Catwalk, Yeah.

The Rangeela girl is back and hotter than ever. Urmila looked smashing on the runway at LFW for designer Jaya Rathore. What a difference a good stylist can make, eh? I love the yellow/purple combination of the lehnga, and that exquisite detailing doesn't hurt either!Photos: Zenny.

You Be The Judge: Black and White.

Who rocked this striking combination better? Sonam at a Gem and Jewelry Export press conference, or Deepika walking for Gauri and Nainika at LFW?Photos: Reuters.

Bronzed Beauty.

I'm so glad to see that Bolly starlets are slowly but surely inching away from the paler than pale look that is unfortunately so ingrained in desi culture. Thanks to stars like Bipasha, we see more actresses embracing their lovely tan complexions. I love Mughda's shimmery, sun-kissed look at the music launch for Jail.Want to recreate her look? It's easy! Using MAC Powder Blush in Honour, swirl a fluffy brush and highlight cheekbones sweeping outward toward your hairline. You can also apply this powder to your brow bones for some extra shimmer.
Photo: Reuters Pictures.