May 6, 2010 02:56:36 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Is Lara Dutta emerging as the bikini star in the Hindi film industry? If one were to go by the role that she has enacted in HOUSEFULL that is characterized by a significant presence of bikini indeed it appears to be the case. Before HOUSEFULL, Lara Dutta had graced Bikini in abundance in BLUE as well! As a matter of fact it appears to be a Lara Dutta effect that the other two female stars of HOUSEFULL, Deepika Padukone and Jiah Khan also shed inhibitions and adorned bikini in HOUSEFULL.
It needs to be underlined that Lara Dutta is the only female actor who had appeared as the winner in the Miss World contest and therefore she seems to be carrying the achievement of Miss World with the same panache in the world of Hindi cinema as well.
Is Bikini, then, becoming the six pack abs for female stars? While their male counterparts do not have an inhibition to display their body, there should not be a second thought for the female stars as well, as is evident from the manner in which the female stars are appearing in the bikini on a regular basis.
The moot point is, whether a bikini is able to draw the same amount of attention as a six-pack of a male colleague? Well, it has to be put in perspective. A female star has been appearing in a bikini for quite a long time but the penchant for a male star to develop fascination for a six-pack abs is a recent import. Earlier film stars were not bothered about their physical appearance at all, and when the thought struck them, it became a talk of the town, In case of female stars every generation have had a bikini moment and a bikini display on the silver screen. Off-late it has become a regular feature.
When a female star these days appears in a bikini it is more a display of a well-toned body rather than to titillate. Even the crowds have accepted the fact that a bikini is no more an occasion to blow 6wolf whistles on the silver screen as it used to happen during earlier days. One is reminded of the incident when Sonam had made her debut in VIJAY in a bikini and watching the film on the first day, one is reminded of the insistence of the patrons to rewind to show the bikini scene once again. Can it ever happen once again?
So Lara Dutta's bikini appearance in a sense could be considered to be a watershed moment for Hindi films as it has replaced the element of titillation by admiration of a well-toned body.