Happy birthday to Indian cinema

Cinema has done a Sachin Tendulkar and this year celebrates 100 years of being in the business of selling the most expensive tub of popcorn. Which of course means that Bollywood (since there is no other kind of cinema) is going all out.

At the Lakme Fashion Week, designer of chiffon saris and flashy lehengas, Manish Malhotra showcased a collection commemorating 100 years of cinema. Ergo ALL of Bollywood and their alter egos showed up.

Anuya and I too squeezed into the standing-room-only venue where I watched most of the show through a guy’s iPhone. But it was absolutely worth it. For all the ranting and whining we do around here it was nice to hear veterans and young guns talk about their passion for the movies.

Bombay Talkies directors

Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap give us the ‘direct’ stare

Manish divided the show into eras starting with black and white then moving on to the 60s and 70s and finally to the 90s and 2000s. Bombay Talkies directors Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar opened the show dressed in black and white. Anurag looked quite badass in his fitted bandhgala.

Manish Malhotra Bobby

Dimple Kapadia would have been proud

Then, just as the iPhone Guy’s hand began to tire, out came models in plunging polka dotted Bobby-esque tops and palazzo pants. With flowers tucked in their hair they wore clingy saris and large shades too.

Siddharth Malhotra

Siddharth Malhotra is also wondering what all the fuss is about

Manish did a great job of representing the 90s and the 200os in flowing kurtas and jackets. A squeal of a thousand women filled the claustrophobic venue as Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra strutted down the ramp in light jackets. A woman almost dug her talons into my shoulder in ecstasy.

Kajol and Karisma Kapoor

Kajol and Karisma Kapoor show how the pros do it

Though Kajol was not a part of the show, she walked the ramp for the shutterbugs at the end. In a simple sari with a peek-a-boo blouse, she nailed the look with her poise and elegance.

I, on the other, went into hyperventilation mode and even rode the elevator twice just to breathe the same air as Dibakar.


Filmfare Nominations Party – Part Deux

(I used “deux” in the title because I’m haute couture. I used haute couture because I wanted to see you struggle pronouncing it. – Anuya)

Because Sri Devi’s, well, vintage like a bottle of wine, I will let it go that she doesn’t know that the “Bring your chihuahua to the Red Carpet!” trend has long been consigned to the back of everyone’s closet. Although, I’m sure that dyeing your pet to match your outfit constitutes SOME form of animal cruelty. ARE YOU READING THIS, PETA?


What gives with the pants, Padukone? Are you smuggling Tyrion Lannister under there? Blink once if yes. Blink twice if no. Then call your stylist and have her bike an emergency pair of skinny jeans over. You’re welcome.

“Well, hello beautiful.”

Speaking of Lannisters, here’s their sigil.

I like. Such an improvement from last year. She dressed her age, and the white and pink just brings out her own natural skin tone. Little weird in the boob-al support, but hey, you can’t have everything.

I like it when the young don’t take things too seriously and mix it up a little. This is your age to have some fun, go nuts with your clothes! Well done, Varun Malhotra/ Siddharth Dhavan whichever one you are.

What do you get when you mix a praying mantis and a Bollywood star and then dip them in cement? I think you know the answer to that.