Kiran Sawhney

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I saw the movie Fashion by Madhur Bhandarkar today. It is a bollywood Hindi movie based on the fashion industry, the glamour field. How the models lead a very fake life. All that glitters is not gold. Although, there is a disclaimer in the beginning of the movie saying that none of the characters have been taken from real life, you can distinctly point which character is taken from whom in real life. Kangana is Carol Gracias with wardrobe malfunction. There is a character of Rohit Bal, Suneet Verma, etc.

Most of the problems shown in the movie are related to doing drugs, coke, excess smoking, drinking and most of the designers are shown as gay.

While all the above is true, Director of Madhur Bhandarkar repute, who is known to do thorough research on his story, ignored/neglected the other aspect. I would have liked to see models being obsessed with their weight. Anorexia, Bulimia, Cosmetic surgery, nose job, boob job, liposuction, permanent implant.

The Director just showed a girl spending Rs. 50,000/- for a portfolio and going on to become a supermodel. He wanted to expose the glamor industry and show what lied beneath. Was he successful in doing so?

I deal with models and designers on everyday basis. I know their pressures. It is not just about doing drugs etc. It is something much more. Wish that angle had been exposed too.


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October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm