Aloe Vera? Sure, I can use it a little bit of it.
A cotton white saree to connote purity.. yes, we know all about it.
Lillete Dubey was just stunning in several traditional sarees in the film “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” playing Dev Patel’s mother. She looked fabulous, and I thought she was far younger than her actual age – she turned 58 just this week. This was the only image of her from the movie out there, but she wore several lovely sarees in different colours on screen.
Released in the UK months ago, and only recently opened here in the US, I highly recommend watching Marigold Hotel at the theatre for the utter beauty of India, all the people and the places shown. If you don’t catch it in time, I expect it will be out on DVD soon. The British cast members were good too.
Amazing looks on Kajol just in the past two weeks. Both are contemporary designers’ work, worn at big events. The one at the left looks exactly like many 1960s sarees, sheer and worn tight, with no borders or pallu. In the ’60s they would have been the “new” synthetic fabrics.
To the right is a classic saree that gives no hint at all of its era. It could have been woven a century ago – or last month. Normally I do not venture into modern sarees, but these were so amazing, and on the same actress, that I had to share!
Author and sari aficionado Soha Parekh compiles the tradition and history of the nine yards sari into a coffee table book
What prompted you to do the coffee table book Sari: Splendour In Threads on saris?
I am deeply interested in Indian traditions, culture and books. My passion for saris, cultural symbol of India, has translated into this book. It will be unveiled at the Gallery BMB on April 18.
Do you feel we’ve still got a long way to go, when it comes to popularising the sari internationally? Do you thing our designers are doing enough?
There is still sometime till the sari gets internationally popular. Though in recent times, there has been tremendous awareness of this unstitched garment. The designers through various interventions have been contemporising the sari. We see various international celebrities coming to India and adorning the sari.
Vidya is reportedly doing an item number for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari. From this picture, it seems she is wearing a nauwari saree.
Vidya is one of those actresses who are hard to dislike (Kajol is another one) because she is glamorous and serious at the same time. I do cherish the item numbers, they are one of the very few things that are not copied from anywhere else. Furthermore, I am more intrigued by item numbers done by respected actresses than the talentless and sometimes unbearable item girls (e.g. Rakhi Sawant). Even while watching older movies, it is far more interesting to watch item numbers done by say… Aruna Irani, than some unknown bimbo.