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The "little black dress" and the Hindi films

June 3, 2010 07:10:44 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Though fifty years have gone down since Audrey Hepburn wore it for the first time in the film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, the little black dress has been voted as the best female dress that a female film star wore on the silver screen. It was based on a survey conducted by the Lovefilm Magazine.

While the female film stars in Hollywood have been rather enamoured with the "little black dress" and continue to sport it on numerous occasions, the Indian film counter parts have not been that much enamoured of this dress, at least they have not sported it on the silver screen with the same panache as done by their illustrious peers in the Hollywood.

The one instance where it has been done in a splendid style for the first time was in MAINE PYAAR KIYA, where Salman Khan implored on Bhagyashree to wear it and she wore it to declare her love for him, with a sense of hesitation and pride, hesitation arising out of the cultural upbringing and pride manifest from the confidence to wear the dress for the lover. But for this single instance, there have not been other such "little black dress’ moments in the world of Hindi cinema.

Another such instance which can be traced, where a Hindi film star is sporting the " little black dress", is of Priyanka Chopra who sported it with gay abandon in the 'Nokia' advertisement. The whole concept of the advertisement was written around the "little black dress", underlining its importance in the life of a girl who is at the cusp of youth in its vitality.

One often wonders why the "little black dress" has not got the approval of the female film stars, at least of the present generation who otherwise do not have gumption to sports a bikini at the drop of the hat. Is it owing to the fact that the colour black, being considered inauspicious by the Indian public deters the stars as also the dress designers to experiment with this chit of a finesse designed to give an ethereal look to the female form.

The time has come, may be, for the designer fraternity to set their grey cells thinking and let the Indian beauty also regale the world audience in the "little black dress". It is one form of dress in which the Indian beauty has still to make its presence felt in a big way and the onus is now on the designers to take the cudgel on behalf of the female stars. The female film stars would not have the compunction, but the opportunity has to be weaved into the content.

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