of enhanced entertainment or simply because there existed
an overenthusiastic costume designer in the movie.
article, thus, is the result of a modest (and pointless
perhaps) research on the above subject. Here is the
little list of Kollywood’s atrocious fashion offenses
- on and off screen. No offense or pun intended, of
The out-of-place bloopers
They tend to wear inappropriate costumes for the most
unsuitable of moments onscreen. The most recent example
in this category is Meena for Kuselan. Her layered makeup,
lip gloss, and perfectly starched saris for the movie
could have been more appropriate if she was playing
a content middle class housewife. Sadly, she played
a struggling barber’s wife and still wanted to
make a fashion statement. But then she can’t be
blamed after all, for having come from this school of
thought – if you are onscreen, you have to look
good. No matter even if you are playing a dead fish.
And Meena is not alone in the world. There are Asins,
Trishas, and Nayantaras to stake claim for the title.
Exception: Simran in Kannathil Muthamittal!
color crazed locals
there is a folk song or anything remotely related to
the countryside in the movie, your eyes would invariably
be treated to myriad ‘eyeball grabbing’
colors in various forms. Shirts mostly, worn by the
male protagonist - in bright solid shades of Red, Yellow,
Blue, and Majenta. You need not take our dear directors
for Ramarajan’s fans – it is just an attempt
to add a little color to the movie. And if you insist
on a present day example – Watch S J Surya &
Meera Jasmine in Thirumagan. Or even better, Captain
in any of the dream dance sequences.
Exception: The earthen color of Bharathiraja movies
The repeat offenders in parties and events
repeat their favorite (or lucky, as the case may be)
outfits while attending events. While there is a ‘league
of extraordinary gentlewomen’ that belongs to
this category, we can call out the names of Sneha and
Namitha off the top of our heads. So if you catch either
of them in a filmi event wearing a bright green body
hugging Salwar or a black short dress respectively,
you know where to refer.
Exception: Asin & Trisha
The same-color maniacs
think pairing up same colored accessories and clothes
are cool - for instance shirt, trousers, belt, and shoes
in white. May be they were five decades ago when Boney
M was the ‘in thing’. But now?
Exception: Most of the new-age heroes
I’m oversized for my clothes!
It’s not too long when Rambha was the reigning
star in South Indian movies. And if it was not for the
elasticity of her clothes (possibly Lycra, eh), Ramba
would have had the most wardrobe malfunctions. She always
wore clothes two sizes smaller than hers. And we probably
gave her the impression that it is sexy, encouraging
her to try more of such innovations.
Well everyone else, I guess
we couldn’t care less for what is in and what
is not in the world of fashion, but I do think such
situations are easy to avoid. Besides, we don’t
need Rohit Bals and Ritu Behris to set the scene right.
All it needs is a little bit of rationality and probably
breaking away from the mundane and strictly unalterable
guidelines laid down by the hardnosed conservatives
who think cinema always has to be larger than life!
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