Bollywood influence on fashion trends waning?

kareena kapoor bodyguard 200x291 Be it Madhubala’s Anarkali look in “Mughal-e-Azam” or Kareena Kapoor’s T-shirt-salwar combo in “Jab We Met”, Bollywood has inspired trends down the ages. But that influence seems to be waning due to a variety of reasons, including greater exposure to the West and the move towards more realistic cinema, say designers.

There is also the constant fear of criticism, which has restricted filmmakers from attempting to set fashion trends.

According to veteran designer Ritu Kumar, people were earlier not so exposed to fashion. So every new and unique garment seen on the big screen set a trend. This is no longer the case.

“Initially, costumes, which were off everyday wear for the normal population, did cause a stir and led to fashion influences as the market was starved of such designer wear. But this has largely changed,” Kumar, who is yet to design for a Bollywood film, told IANS.

Kumar, who has designed the costumes for Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children”, hopes the scenario improves.

“The industry still seems to design for individuals. When more holistic designing for a complete film is taken up, the fashion scene in India will mature further.”

In the past, Bollywood has given memorable styles to masses. Remember the 1960 period drama “Mughal-e-Azam” when Madhubala as Anarkali sported long flowing kurtas and churidars. Almost five decades later, the eponymous Anarkali kameez is the current rage with everybody, from homemakers to hip Bollywood actresses, wearing it.

In 1994, Madhuri Dixit left a mark with her green embroidered choli paired with a white lehnga and a purple embroidered sari in “Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!”. Women lapped up the styles at family weddings. There are so many similar instances. There were Rani Mukerji’s “Bunty Aur Babli” suits and then the sari, of course, redefined over and over again with movies like “Chandni”, “Main Hoon Naa” and “Dostana”.

But new trends are now few and far between.

“The main reason for this is that a lot of stylists of celebrities or films are playing safe with ongoing trends in fashion. They are primarily using outfits which are in fashion, avoiding the risk of fashion faux pas. Thus they are unable to create a new trend,” designer Pria Kataaria Puri told IANS.

“Earlier, film costumes were not designed according to what everyone was wearing or according to international trends but were rather filmy or outlandish, rule breaking; and if they worked well, it became a new trend. To create a style, one has to create costumes that are unusual,” she added.

Costume designer Payal Saluja, who has worked on Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Maqbool”, “Ishqiya”, “Saat Khoon Maaf” and now “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola”, says the move towards realistic filmmaking in Bollywood has changed the scene.

“Stories are becoming real and connectable for the audience these days. So, the clothes also need to be in tandem. Clothes should never be stronger than the character because then the viewer will only remember the clothes. So it is first important to think of blending costumes into the narrative rather than create fashion trends,” Saluja told IANS.

According to designer duo Meera and Muzaffar Ali, one of the leading names in the world of fashion, “costumes (today) are left to stars’ whims and their sycophant designers and colours that suit a cameraman”.

“Anything and everything in Bollywood can set a trend amidst mindless people who know no better. What concerns me is the style of the film,” said Muzaffar Ali, director of the classic “Umrao Jaan”.

His wife Meera added: “There were some yesteryear stars who had a body language which made what they wore extremely attractive. They somehow caught the fancy of the audience by getting the colour and mood right, particularly in romantic outdoors… Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and at times Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand, but the rest of the film had no look whatsoever. Similarly, women had a story on their face and they knew how to tell it more effectively through their performance.” – IANS

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Film ‘Student of the Year’ sets a news record

SOTY photo 200x191, Dharma Productions has set a record of making the highest box office collection starring newcomers in the last decade with Student Of The Year. Directed by Karan Johar, the film has struck the right chord with the audience’s in spite of starring three debutants.

Released on the 19th of October, Student Of The Year marked the debut of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. All the newcomers were very well accepted, as
even before the release the debutants had a huge fan base. The high school romance was a blockbuster and the debutants left behind quite an impression on the audiences.

Taran Adarsh recently tweeted about the success of the film stating, “#SOTY 4-week total in *India* stands at Rs 70 cr nett. Highest total in the last decade for any film starring newcomers. Fantastic!”

The last decade has seen a number of films starring debutants but Student Of The Year has set a new benchmark by breaking the box office records. Hope the Dharma legacy continues to entertain the audiences and setting new records!!

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Priyanka has such a sensual voice: Chainsmokers

Priyanka has such a sensual voice: ChainsmokersPriyanka Chopra now features on Chainsmokers album in a song called Erase. It only shows how internationally everyone wants to collaborate with her.

This is also a new genre of music she has ventured into which is the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) space. Following close on the heels of 'In My City, her triple platinum selling debut single, Bollywood Superstar and now International recording artist is all set to make her mark in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) space. Priyanka features on 'Erase', the brand new original track by The Chainsmokers, comprised of Andrew Winter and Alex Pall, a unique Producer / DJ duo based in New York City.

In a unique collaboration, Erase was created across time zones and geographies, driven by a common passion for house banging dance music. Led by a mutual respect for each other's musical talent and cemented by some crazy conversations about life and music, The Chainsmokers and Priyanka collaborated to create 'Erase'.

Speaking on the launch of the new single, Priyanka Chopra says, "Music for me has been a very organic process. I have been fortunate enough to work with the best and the most passionate people in the business. I have my team to thank for Erase. Even though I was hard at work on my debut music album, they allowed me the opportunity to break away and work with and feature on this single by The Chainsmokers. These guys are super talented and also completely crazy, which made the whole process so much fun!"

Adds The Chainsmokers, "Working with Priyanka was such an incredible opportunity. Priyanka has such a sensual voice that really opens up which allowed us to create this big room vocal house sounds and still have a hard electro break."

The track will be made available in December 2012. A sneak preview of the song, released over the weekend was very well received, garnering over 25,000 plays within a day of release.

Making her international debut in September this year with 'In my City', Priyanka has seen tremendous success of the song in India as also a growing popularity on the international charts. The highly anticipated video for In My City will be launched in December 2012.

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Pakistani actress Veena Malik’s Hot & Sexy photo

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Deepika Padukone on the cover of FHM India

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Karan Johar enjoys role as reality show judge

karan johar 200x215 Filmmaker Karan Johar has been active on the small screen this year, and says he enjoyed playing judge on two reality shows – “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5″ and “India’s Got Talent 4″.

“It is great that in this avatar, I got to show my talent as a judge. So this year, there was a lot of judging and I had a lot of fun. I think lots of credit goes to the team and to the fellow judges,” the 40-year-old said here Wednesday at a press meet of “India’s Got Talent 4″.

The show’s grand finale will be telecast Nov 24 with superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as special guests.

Karan says both the shows have been special.

“There have been two reality shows for me this year, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ and ‘India’s Got Talent’. Both were fun in their own special way,” he said.

Besides Karan, actress Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and choreographer-director Farah Khan were the other judges on “India’s Got Talent 4″. – IANS


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Vidya Balan takes Emraan for a ride

vidya balan sari 195x300 Actress Vidya Balan took his co-star Emraan Hashmi for a ride in a Nano on the streets of Mumbai while shooting for their upcoming film “Ghanchakkar”.

The two actors explored the streets of Mumbai in a yellow Nano as they set out to search something in the middle of the night.

“The scene required Vidya driving Emraan across Mumbai. This is one of the crucial scenes in the film as Emraan and Vidya – the onscreen couple – search for something that they desperately need,” Manish Hariprasad, Creative Director, Studios, Disney UTV said in a statement.

Directed by Rajkumar Gupta of “No One Killed Jessica” fame, “Ghanchakkar” tells the story of Sanju (Emraan), an ex-conman, who is laidback and has a taste for finer things in life. The problem is his ambitious wife, played by Vidya. – IANS

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Check out Ranveer on sets of Ram Leela

Check out: Ranveer on sets of Ram Leela

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, Nov 22, 2012 - 12:47 IST

Ranveer Singh is busy shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram Leela in which he is paired opposite Deepika Padukone. The actor was spotted dancing away to glory with Gujarati garba dancers for a song sequence.

What is noticeable is the fact that Ranveer has beefed up like crazy and is no wonder proudly showing off his chiseled torso. Looks like Ranveer is all set to make the girls swoon over him yet again with Ram Leela.

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Life Of Pi has been my most exhausting movie – Ang Lee

By Subhash K. Jha, Nov 22, 2012 - 11:13 IST

Ang LeeYou seem very attached to India?

Yeah, it's a very spiritual and fascinating country. It's also very inspiring and colourful. The people are extremely kind.

What made you choose a novel like Life Of Pi. It is so...if I may coin a unfilmable?

Really? It's a book that told a story to me. It's fantastic material, very inspiring to me. As you say it seems unfilmable. As a filmmaker a challenge of this sort is a great motivation. Could I make it happen? I like that challenge. The hardest thing for me was, how do I take it to a conclusion? How do I examine the theme of illusion within the given range of the illusion of cinema? That was the biggest challenge for me. In trying to figure that out, I got hooked deeper and deeper into the process of making the film. It just had to happen. I had to make it happen.

Your last film Lust Caution featured Anupam Kher. Now Life Of Pi features Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain and Suraj Sharma. Do you see cinema losing its nationality?

Whatever is interesting I will do it. Right now I can speak and understand Chinese and English. In Life Of Pi there was some Hindi and Tamil which I don't follow. But I'll go wherever there's a great story to tell. The specific cultural aspect can be overcome. In fact the process of getting over cultural hurdles makes filmmaking very interesting to me.

Your international career took off in a big way with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in the year 2000. How did it change your life and your approach to cinema?

Crouching Tiger... was done in Chinese. I never thought it would become an international hit and that an Oscar nomination would take me to Hollywood. Before that point I made independent Chinese films. I was put into a unique situation where I didn't have any explanations on the film's sociological context to give to the Western world. People just watched it as something interesting and it became a cross-cultural phenomena. I had to deal with a lot of questions I really had no answer to. For two years, this went on.

Then you made your Big Fat Hollywood Movie?

Yes, Hulk. It was a very expensive movie. It was based on very popular American mainstream material. I had done mainstream Asian films. I felt awkward doing mainstream American films. But I wanted to make the film that I felt like making. Sometimes the budget is lower, sometimes higher. It all depends on what interests at any given point of time.

You have covered a wide spectrum from Jane Austen (Sense And Sensibility) to Yann Martel (Life Of Pi). Is the impossible your main motivation?

I think in the movies, anything is possible. I never went into a movie with the responsibility of making a global Hollywood movie. But with Hulk and Life Of Pi, I had to deal with that aspect. Otherwise my films are relatively low-budgeted.

Ang LeeYour most controversial film was Brokeback Mountain, a gay love story?

I saw it as a normal love story. A love story is a love story. I thought the short story on which it is based was incredibly romantic. Because it was about two men the prohibited element made it so romantic. I remember I cried when I read the short story. I didn't take it up right away. I went on to make Hulk before coming back to Brokeback Mountain. It haunted me.

Did the success of Brokeback Mountain surprise you?

I thought I'd make a small movie which would just be for the art house (laughs). But it proved to be something else. I was very nervous when it hit the shopping malls. I was like, 'Uh oh. What did I do?' It was not just a gay love story but also a cowboy western. The two genres had never been brought together in America before. I think it was case of the right time for that kind of a movie.

Such versatility. What next?

I don't know yet. Life Of Pi has been my most exhausting movie. Normally, when I complete a film, the next one hits me. It hasn't happened to me yet. I don't know what I'll do next.

Have you watched any Bollywood movies?

Not any complete film. I see a lot of films being made. I've seen bits and pieces on television. They remind me of the martial arts in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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