If the draped divas at the Cannes festival were trying to promote the rich (read ruined) Indian tradition with less of body show, certainly no dice. And the Desi girl Vidya Balan donning the Mother India look is no wonder a blooper among the fellow Cannes jury members. And how can one miss out on Sonam’s blazing nose ring? Tint of ethnicity I guess was what she wanted to display. I wish she sought refuge in at least her Aisha avatar to defend her name of Bollywood ‘Diva’. No wonder, Bollywood (world’s largest movie industry) is canned yet again.
Not once. Though Sonam pulled it up when she reappeared in the Dolce and Gabbana floral frilly gown. But the name representing Bollywood among the jury this year, Vidya Balan let down the show with a recap of the fashion faux pas Sonam had already displayed in the red carpet- the re-modelled nose ring. Indian fashion has badly boiled down to that ‘nath’-ing. And Sabya’s signature white khadi saree is just so cheesy. Vidya, ‘The Dirty Picture’ is anytime a better alternative than ‘The Mother India’ look.
Now it is time that the Indian fashion designers contribute to the constant effort Indian politicians are making to portray India as a progressive (read demoralised) nation. And such a bandwagon of hush-hush fashion statement at Cannes is just maiming the effort. Dear Sabya, before you gestated the attire for Vidya for the Cannes red carpet, you must have remembered that we are a nation where MPs of leading opposition party feast on pornography with drooling tongues while the fellow parliamentarians hurl brick bats on each other. So conservatism and tradition are things of past in India, whether to prosper or to depart from modernism.
The multitude of scams, scandals, money laundering, match fixing has altered the image of the moral police that India has tried to be. What interests me is the bizarre contrast that India exhibits. No matter if politicians/bureaucrats or the so called elites binge on escorts every night, you cannot check in a hotel room with your cousin of opposite gender if you don’t share the same surname. (I wish if surname sharing was so easy with cousins?)
‘Hypocrisy’ is the word synonymous to India. From Bollywood to cricket pitch, to parliament…hypocrisy is the buzzword. India so believes in putting up a fake show. Our society has been shaped to the tune of exaggerated fakeness. From every household to every relationship, bigotry rules it. I personally feel it ruins it though.
So going by the adage, fashion makes a statement (at least for the young stars), why don’t we fashionistas give hypocrisy a pass. India surely does not have anything left to linger on and we know it best. Let’s get off and be a Roman in Rome. At least that would save you from resembling an alien in a prestigious global event. I just wonder why every Indian capable of making a global statement is so keen to cut a sorry figure? From Indian Prime minister to India’s fashion freaks, what is it that is so wrong with you?
Old is no more gold, and the above fifty politicians testify the statement with absolute expertise. But the fashion world infested with young minds, energy and vibrancy, please don’t latch on to the prison of fake morals and ethnicity. You know it is such a pooh pooh.
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