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Bikini at what stage?
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Netowrk
In the career of an actress of the Indian film, at one point of the time or the other appearance in bikini is an epochal moment as bikini appearance on screen is a taboo as they wish to conform to the image of a sati Savitri. But there have be heroines right through the oeuvre of the film history who have appeared once or twice in bikini, either to give a sagging career a boost or to launch oneself on the screen. In majority of the cases it is at the beginning of the career or in the initial stages when the beginning has not been that significant, and in a few stray cases it has been at the middle of the times as well.
Among the most celebrated examples of the types, where it has been done is in DHOOM-2, where Aishwarya Rai has appeared in a bikini, and in this league she is in the illustrative category of her peers like Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman. Zeenat had done this with aplomb in QURBANI, PUKAAR and DOSTANA, and even a song was written about her dress in the film, BAHUT KHOOBSOORAT JAWAN EK LADKI SADAK PAR AKELI CHALI JAA RAHI THI (probably the only song about bikini, in Hindi Films, and what a coincidence that it was filmed on AB, whose one of the favorite songs that he used to sing during his shows was Tinnie Winnie itsy Winnie, yellow polka dot bikini) ... and there was a dialogue in the film as well, where AB tells Zinnie Baby that if she would go out would these kind of clothes, then people would obviously blow wolf whistle and not worship her, in a way symptomatic and under lining the image of Sati Savitri.. Parveen Babi had done it in ABDULLAH and to a partial extent in SHAAN.
The most explosive debut performances in bikini that comes to mind could be that of Sonam for VIJAY which she followed up with same zeal in subsequent films with finesse. Madhuri Dixit had done it in TEZAAB, and Dimple Kapadia, when she was on a come back trail had done it in ZAKHMI SHER and then encored it in SAAGAR. Juhi Chawla had done it in SULTUNAT aka KARNAME KAMAAL KE opposite Karan Kapoor and did an encore in CHANDNI after a long time and to an extent in DARR.
Among the female actors from the past the easily registered image in the mind about a heroine in bikini would be that of Sharmila Tagore in AN EVENING INPARIS and that of Vyjantimala in SANGAM, and Simi Grewal in MERA NAAM JOKER.
The hitch to be in bikini in earlier stages among the heroines could have something to do with the physical dimensions which would not be worth expressing through a bikini in most of the cases as also the lesser exposure to the western norms. But with health and physical fitness being the sine quo non for the industry, there is less of gumption in exposing the well toned body on to the screen as the confidence of having a well toned body is expressed through the face on the screen and its most visible anifestation is Bipasha Basu. That is also the reason why a Vidya Balan tried to do it in GURU.
The time is slowly arriving in the industry where appearing in a bikini by the lead heroine is not going to create a havoc or a guffaw, and this is an ominous sign, as popping of a art of skin in a suggestive manner appears more circumspect than appearing in a bikini. Let more bikinis bloom on the silver screen.