Sexiest sari acts

December 23, 2008


It has taken us in India a while to realise this, but our most traditional outfit – the sari is among the most sensual dresses in the world. Check out Bollywood’s top beauties in this deadly combination of formal and sexy at the same time.

Katrina Kaif took her time in adopting the sari, but once she did, she is seen wearing it at every second occasion. Her height gives the sari a great fall and she looks simply stunning!


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has seen some fashion disasters (remember year one at Cannes), and she has now reached the conclusion that she cannot go wrong with the sari. A number of formal occasions abroad (and given her international appeal there are a lot) see her clad in the six-yard.


Another tall lady who does justice to the sari is Shilpa Shetty. She looks good in almost anything she wears, but a sort of grace engulfs her when she is in a sari…and we think she knows it now.


After a successful 2008 Priyanka Chopra will look appealing in anything she wears, but her height gives her the extra edge when she wears a sari.

5Kareena Kapoor is one lady who adopted the sari fairly early in her career. Yes, we are talking about ‘Chameli’. Seeing how good she looked in it, she decided to wear it more often.


Bollywood’s kitty of tall women has grown considerably in the last few years. Deepika Padukone made her entry in Bollywood with ‘Om Shanti Om’ and has therefore been used to people loving her sari avataar.


Preity Zinta is rarely seen in a sari, and she made up for that in one long sari-sequence in her last film ‘The Last Lear’.
Hottie Bipasha Basu is rarely seen in a sari, but here is a picture of her looking very unglamorous, but very dignified in a Tamil flick.
Rani Mukherjee is among those women in Bollywood who wears a sari most regularly. She has been seen at award shows, chat shows, movies and many other occasions donning a sari.
It was only post-marriage that Kajol started frequenting the sari. Now that she is comfortable in the drape, she wears it on every other occasion.


Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra seems to be going places and now she will be seen on the cover of a top music magazine Blender, that launched its first Indian cover. In fact Priyanka, who was recently addressed to as ‘The Sexiest Indian Actress’ by Shah Rukh Khan, had featured on the cover of Maxim India’s launch edition three years ago. Maxim is the Blender’s sister publication.

The former Miss World, who recently tasted success at the Box Office with two back to back hits Fashion and Dostana, has been portrayed as a performer. One gets to know the musical side of the actress, something, which is not known to everybody. International singers like Britney Spears, Leona Lewis to name a few have featured on the cover and now Priyanka is on this list as well.

Blender is a music magazine for the now generation. It was born out of a technology-inspired shift in the way music is consumed when gadgets such as the iPOD, the ubiquity of Internet penetration in the urban landscape and the emphasis of essential devices such as the cell phone, on music, have realigned the musical focus from albums to singles and listening to music, from a stationary activity to music on the move.


November 9, 2008


After flaunting her curves and earning rave reviews for her performance in Fashion, Priyanka Chopra is all set to show off her svelte figure in swimsuits and beachwear in forthcoming film Dostana. She says she had to work really hard to get the right shape for the romantic comedy. “For Fashion, I had to put on six kilos and later had to shed chip by chip as the character progressed in the film. My body structure in Dostana is more toned than in Fashion as it is a completely beach film. I’ve worked very hard on my body,” said Priyanka.

After a hectic schedule with six films in a row this year, Priyanka said shooting for Dostana with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham was like a vacation and a rejuvenating experience for her. Entirely shot in Miami, Florida,  Dostana comes as a breather for the actress whose flagging career was given a new lease of life with Fashion after a series of duds – Love story 2050, God Tussi Ho, Chamku and Drona. Dostana was like a vacation. It was so much fun. We were in Miami for two months and I was so fresh and rested when I came back. It was like a really relaxed outdoor and (I had a) great time because everybody got along well with each other,” Priyanka said.

Produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and directed by Tarun Mansukhani, the romantic comedy will release on Nov 14. Priyanka plays a fashion journalist who shares her apartment with Abhishek and John. The two dupe her to rent her apartment on the pretext of being a gay couple. “John, Abhishek and I are best friends in the film who do everything together. It’s a romantic comedy and a fun film about what happens in their lives,” the actress said.

Asked if she had any apprehensions working with a debutant director, especially after a string of flops this year, Priyanka said: “Tarun is a fabulous friend of mine and an incredible director. When I first met him, I was a little scared. “I am a kind of person who asks a lot of questions. I test directors. I like asking and Tarun knew the answer to every question I asked. He blew my mind with his confidence and the commitment he had towards the film. By the end of the film, he’s become a really close friend of mine and I admire him as a filmmaker.”

The former Miss World also says: “I definitely want to try singing. I might start with, maybe, a song in one of my films but I’m not sure when. But I definitely want to do it.” Priyanka is currently shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj’s  Kaminay and Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee, which she calls a “very complicated and difficult romantic comedy”.


Actors: Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma (introducing), Vinay Pathak, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra.
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Roping in Bollywood celebrities as showstoppers may be the general trend in fashion shows, but a majority of designers opine that a celebrity’s presence on the ramp show displays a designer’s lack of confidence in his creations. The Lakme Fashion Week which started on Monday, till date has seen various celebrities from Bollywood including Priyanka Chopra, Mugdha Godse, Kangana Ranaut, Rituparna Sengupta, Sonam Kapoor, Sameer Dattani, Prachi Desai Adah Sharma, Sameera Reddy and Sonakshi Sinha (Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter) walking the ramp.

But, a section of designers participating in the show feel the presence of the celebrities not only shows lack of confidence on the part of the designers but also takes away the limelight from their creations. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who will display his wedding collection at the grand finale on the concluding day of the event Friday, said he will not have any showstopper for his show. “I have never used a showstopper for any of my shows till date as I don’t believe in them. I feel my clothes are showstoppers or rather traffic stoppers, and I don’t need any celebrity to carry them. If any designer is not confident about his clothes then he needs a showstopper to carry them,” said Mukherjee.

Mukherjee said acting and modelling are two different professions and the actors and models should be left to do their own jobs. “Whenever an actor or a celebrity walks on the ramp, people do not talk about the clothes. They only speak about the celebrity and if anyone is happy with such type of indirect publicity, then it is OK for them but I am not for it,” Mukherjee maintained. Kallol Datta, an established designer from Kolkata, also expressed similar views. “Celebrity! Who is a celebrity? Do you want me to celebrate their lives? Honestly, I don’t think of celebrities. It depends on people. It’s different strokes for different folks. Whatever suits is fine,” said Datta, who is in his third season at the fashion week.

On using a Bollywood celebrity as a showstopper, Datta said: “I will never use a known face or who is popular to walk down the ramp just because he or she can get me more mileage. Then, I think your clothes are not strong enough to get mileage on their own.” Delhi-based designer Zubair Kirmani, who has been in the industry for the last five years, said: “Designers rope in celebrities so that they can get media attention. There are very few people in the media who understand fashion, so if there is a celebrity then the media writes about it and the news reaches every corner of the country.”

“As far as I am concerned, I don’t believe in it as I think as long as one believes in his work, he does not need to get other people to endorse for him,” Kirmani explained. However, a few designers felt that roping in a celebrity and getting them to wear their garments boosts confidence in them besides giving them publicity and good business. “It is not necessary that if you get a celebrity for your show, then he or she is going to wear whatever you have designed for them. It has to be comfortable, at the same time it should carry them in a desired way,” said designer Pallavi Jaipur from Rajasthan.

Pallavi, who roped in actress Rituparna Sengupta, Raell Padamsee (daughter of Alyque Padamsee) and Aalia (daughter of Pooja Bedi), said: “When I took the clothes to Rituparna and Raell or even Aalia for that matter, they first saw it and when they were confident about the dress, agreed to wear it.” “So, that gave me a confidence about my product,” said Jaipur, who made her maiden appearance in the fashion week with Indian and Western collections.

Rimzim Dadu, a 22-year old designer from Delhi who is attending the fashion week for the third season, feels that having showstoppers can boost one’s business. “I don’t think that there is any harm in having celebrities in fashion weeks as everybody wants to catch them and one can put their best clothes for getting noticed,” Rimzim said. “Although the fashion week is all about clothes, I feel if the presence of celebrity gets you more business, then there is no harm in it,” she added.