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  1. Sej at | | Reply

    To me at least Meena Kumari is untouchable – particularly from Pakeezah. Not sure why anyone would even try. And this coming from someone who isn’t a huge Meena Kumari fan.

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    1. kasthuri at | | Reply

      In meena kumari’s photos, i see the lady. in dia’s photos i see the clothes and accessories.

      But still i kinda like the idea of the photo shoot and the photos are nice and the clothes are awesome. the colours…love indian wear !

      1. crab at | | Reply

        Well said.

      2. suchi at | | Reply

        fully agree!

        1. suchi at | | Reply

          also i dont think dia would do well at all in the exact replica clothes!

      3. parul gautam at | | Reply

        i agree with u kasthuri… but every1 has a diff. view point..see m going wid u said, but u dint understand their concept,they jus making the movie again of d older1, through that they want to show new designs, silhouettes n style lines… to maintain/save their Indian culture n Indian wear, if u see their videos u’ll get know dat they also tried to show n focused on garments only… n of course movie having d same story line(li’l diff.) with d new ideas.. n u cannot judge any1 without seeing her/him…
        m not a critic.. m jus sharing my view.

  3. Adara at | | Reply

    FAB! Dia does total justice with her amazing grace & charm. LOVE. Even though Dia is not as *healthy* as Meena Kumari, she brings out that old school elegance to the shoot.

  4. RUCHii at | | Reply

    As pretty as Dia is looking..her pic is missing movement and is too posey..and i so wish she wud have added a nose ring and some ‘ghungroos’..

  5. Ren at | | Reply

    love love love it!

  6. Orchee at | | Reply

    Dia is pretty but not regal. She is no Meena Kumari.

    1. mary at | | Reply

      I know she’s too anglicized for such looks. I would have preferred someone with a more desi charm.

    2. jd at | | Reply

      Yes! regal is the word. Dia’s face just doesn’t have the grace and divaness to it. Sushmita sen popped in my mind. I soooooooo wish they had done this shoot with sush. It would have been super awesome!

      though i like the pic where dia’s a bride. Love the clothes too!

  7. KK at | | Reply

    I love ALL of these pictures (incl. pictures on the other site). Even though I think Dia looks great, I think it’s the photography, styling, jewelry, clothes and makeup that create these gorgeous pictures. I honestly think even if they had used another actress/model, they would’ve came out good.

  8. envy at | | Reply

    Just saw the other pics in the link….just simply fab…made me feel like wearing indian clothes!!!!

  9. apsara77 at | | Reply

    LOVE it! So good to see a spread with traditional clothes and Dia looks lovely in the photos. I want each and every piece but I’m sure they cost an arm and a leg! Love the jewellery as well!

  10. Dark and lovely at | | Reply

    Does anyone else think they should have chosen vidya balan for this photoshoot?

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    2. sush at | | Reply

      I feel so too……She would have been a good choice. Not really liking this photshoot

      1. mary at | | Reply

        The more i think about it the more I agree with you. vidya Balan has the wholesome Indian beauty going for her which the likes of Katrina, Dia and even Ash don’t. I know I might get a lot of flak for this but if PC stopped trying so hard at being hot and sexy she could carry such looks better than a lot of the bollywood brigade as well.

      2. khadija at | | Reply

        oh plz no…vidya cant do justice to anything anymore…one thing that i have learnt here on HHC

    3. Soho at | | Reply

      Agree vidya is a bit more curvier and has more traditional features so would have suited better.

    4. Anu C at | | Reply

      I think the new girl, Sonakshi would have looked good. She has a beautiful Indian face. Dia is very pretty and graceful, but she does not have presence required to shine through these heavy clothes and jewellary. Clothes are wearing her down in these pictures.

      1. RS at | | Reply

        Vidya would have looked better in this shoot.

        1. Sharin at | | Reply

          I agree I think Dia’s look is too anglicized and she’s too “innocent” to play the Tragedy Queen. I just don’t get why they don’t let real models do these kinds of amazing shoots. I mean why wouldn’t a professional model be better able to capture the emotion that one would need for this kind of shoot? Why would you choose an actress (and not a very good one at that)! There is no emotion in either of these shots.. it looks posed and honestly could have been a mannequin. Actresses need multiple frames… models are SUPPOSED to get it right in one shot. Kangana Raunat or yes Vidya would have been a better choice if they really needed to go the actress route. Nice concept, nice styling, bad casting.

  11. joules at | | Reply

    Don’t like it. I think she looks good but there is a modern feel to the pictures. Wondering if Vidya Balan would have been better.

  12. dn at | | Reply

    The photoshoot is awesome, the shots in the link are very well done – styling, clothes, jewellery are all top class. Dia is missing the sexy, striking yet regal vibe that Meena Kumari had. But Dia has the innocent and delicate look, bringing her own persona to the shoot. Don’t think we can compare the two, but the shoot is still well done.

  13. Kriti at | | Reply

    Why in Gods name will people try and attempt this!!!
    Dia is pretty but the pics are LIFELESS n PLAIN DULL. No like at all.

    1. KS at | | Reply

      Absolutely! she is such a monotone of an actress that i feel SUPER pissed that they had to take her for Meena ‘godess’ Kumari. I mean, lifeless. dull. super posy. boring. …i can go on.. iam offended..i hate the idea…blah blah blah..i need a tea…

  14. tania at | | Reply

    i dont know much about mina kumari personally, but LOVE the clothes and jewelry in the shoot — tres romantic and princess-y!

    1. mary at | | Reply

      Then you should definitely read up on her biography. She’s had one of the most fascinating and tragic lives. In a most astonishing example of life imitating art her real life was a spitting image of the role she immortalized in Saheb, Bibi aur Ghulam. Plus she wasn’t just a star but an artist in a true sense with her appreciation of classical music, poetry, literature. Her poetry makes for very sensitive and enlightening reading. I’m sorry to be gushing on and on but here’s one woman who deserves a biopic ASAP.

      1. KS at | | Reply

        Amen to that mary. she is legend in a true sense of word. Her poetry speaks volume of the person she was.

  15. monika at | | Reply

    great idea..love it

  16. MochaLatte at | | Reply

    Nooooo!! I loved pakeezah for the grandeur and drama, but there was a charm to Meeena Kumari that is missing here. The outfits and jewellery is beautiful but it looks so pose-y and unnatural.

  17. RG at | | Reply

    There is something wrong with her right foot in the second pic.. totally ruining it for me!

    As for the photo shoot Dia looks lovely, but lacks the depth of emotion one can see in Meena Kumari’s eyes

  18. purple at | | Reply

    It’s still better than Vidya’s photoshoot where she attempted Audrey Hepburn. At least they are paying homage to an Indian yesteryear actress.

    1. RS at | | Reply

      Diya could have done the Audrey shoot and Vidya could have done this one. I think that makes more sense. :)

  19. star at | | Reply

    I dont think its fair to compare anyone with Meena Kumari in pakeezah…Dia’s done a good job but no its hard to match Meena Kumari’s standard.

  20. AJ at | | Reply

    This photo shoot is Breathtaking…!

  21. ak2000 at | | Reply

    Like it. The clothes and jewellery is gorgeous. of course, she doesn’t have the regal, untouched air, but noone does from today’s actors!!

  22. Rashmi at | | Reply

    I also think Sonam Kapoor would’ve done justice…remember the Saawariya looks?

  23. ankit at | | Reply

    woah!! this is awesome… no one except Dia would have done this so gracefully… i like it.. the clothes are too good… excellent photoshoot!

  24. Faiza at | | Reply

    OMG OMG Beautiful….so classy..i want the jewelry and the dress…WOW

  25. jia at | | Reply

    can you do a breakdown of all the indian outfits featured in this shoot, I’m sure many ladies will love it

    1. Sud at | | Reply

      i think details of clothes and accessories of the photo shoot are there in the link…

      i liked the shoot, something new about the photos and concept…and Dia looks pretty… but nowhere do i get the Meena Kumari feel in them! her face and eyes lack emotion… especially the last pic!

  26. Smitha at | | Reply

    Lovely spread…..loved the movement in some pics, and the stillness in the others. The clothes n accessories were great, and Dia looked lovely in them.

  27. SM at | | Reply

    A pretty face is not enough! Where is the personality? Where is the character? Where is Dia’s presence in these pictures? She can’t do justice to Meena Kumari in wisp of my imagination. Bad idea. Very bad idea.

  28. Namita Singh at | | Reply

    Dia is looking lovely….but i wish in the red anarakali; the stylist should have given her some ghungroos/some silver big anklets on her feets. It would have completed the look.

  29. Jay at | | Reply

    When will producers sit up and notice her! Dying to see her in a role so regal… They let Sonali slip off the radar and now the same is happening to Diya… ahhh! Bollywood!

  30. salma at | | Reply

    Pics are absolutely gorgeous, yes def not on par with Meena Kumari (but no comparison as no modern day actress or anyone for that matter can emulate Meena Kumari), but still pics are gorgeous in their own right and Dia has her own special beauty/grace.

    A refreshing change from the usual nudity we see on magazine covers these days, we need to celebrate indian culture and beauty more, like in these pics!


  31. lolly at | | Reply

    I think the the latest photos come no way close to capturing the beauty essence and insecurity and guttural quality of the emotions portrayed by Meena Kumari.
    But its a good thought to try to revive some of this for the current generations who can learn to appreciate a timeless piece.

    Thanks for making my day ………

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