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BIKINI: The changing paradigms

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Those were the days when bikini was worn as a sign of giving a boost to the sagging careers, and boost they indeed get, but once the initiation was made into it, it was difficult to turn it down subsequently. However, there is a gradual paradigm shift in usage of bikini by the female actors. Now it is being used to display a well-toned body, a sign of physical fitness, and it is the new manner in which the body is being flaunted, the association of sexuality with it, being a by-product.

Bipasha Basu can be credited to have initiated this trend and it found its manifestation in most profound manner in DHOOM-2. Such was the specter of a well-toned body that the element of sexuality associated with bikini did not become the talk of the town; instead Bipasha Basu became an icon for setting new standards of fitness. Minissha Lamba did the same when she appeared in bikini in KIDNAP, as in the case of KIDNAP also it was the well-toned body which was being flaunted and not the sexual element associated with it. Priyanka Chopra is also following it in DOSTANA, where she is also flaunting a figure which is a benchmark for new standards of fitness. In FASHION also bikini is going to be on display and is going to accentuate and underline the importance of having a well-toned body in the business of entertainment body. It must also have been the catalytic factors in making Soha Ali take this decision to appear in a bikini on the cover of a magazine.

The initiative for display of a well-toned body on the part of the female actors has been an outcome of display of well-toned bodies by the male actors in the Hindi films for quite a long time. The trend for the same was pioneered in the recent times by Hrithik Roshan and the admiration that it drew must have been catalytic factor for the female actors to follow in the trend, and that is why even an Aishwarya did not have a hesitation to do it in DHOOM-2, though it was not a proper two-piece bikini, but the efforts indeed drew accolade.

Once the element of sexuality starts getting dissociated with bikini in a big way, more and more female actors could exercise this choice, and the element of being a part of the process can then be associated with bikini and for this the new generation of female actors would surely take the credit.

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