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These lovely ladies were in attendance at a recent movie premiere in Mumbai. Who do you think fared best on the red carpet? (No prizes for guessing which look was our least favorite.)

L To R: Ananya Panday, Disha Patani, Kriti Sanon And Daisy Shah
At Bharat Premiere

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. They all look pretty awful. This is what they choose, when they can have a pick of designers. Not one of them has any dress sense or style.

    Why do Bollywood ladies exist on exposing? In the west, the fashion has been becoming more modest, with midi-length and full sleeves becoming a norm. However Bollywood ladies still think they need skin on show to garner any attention. Don’t know if that says a lot about India or just Bollywood itself. I was in India last year and people seemed to dress fairly normally and conservatively. Who are these ladies pandering to?

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    • A starlet has to look current and project just the right image of a young (20-25) woman or else you get profiled as too indie, too web-series, too festival actor, too veteran actor, too hasn’t she been acting for the last 10 years. Image is everything in the industry.
      As far as the West is concerned, it is hardly surprising that women are increasingly dressing more modestly. In the not too distant future, women will be wearing red cloaks and white bonnets.

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      • Lol @ the handmaid’s tale comment.
        Not defending the West, but Asian societies are FAR worse when it comes to social rights of women. So let’s not put Bollywood vs. Hollywood on the same platform as issues of women’s rights in the west.

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        • Women’s rights in Asia are in a far worse state. But these comparisons with the west are perplexing. In societies where the freedom to wear what one wants to is still a constant battle, surely the emphasis should not be on dressing modestly but making choice and freedom the norm.

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          • Yeah I totally get and agree that women should be able to wear what they want. However, these Bollywood starlets constantly have their bodies on show – which is so far removed from how normal people dress in India (in my experience anyway – maybe I’ve only been to conservative places). Where is this pressure coming from to constantly expose? Is it an unsaid rule, that a Bollywood starlet must have a fit body and be willing to expose, otherwise they don’t have a career? There are certainly actresses who don’t follow these rules and seem to do OK.

            Lol, at the Handmaid’s Tale comment – yes the trend in the West (only in certain countries) for men telling women what they can do with their bodies is disturbing. For me, I think this is mainly the far right conservative belt in USA. I live in the UK and travel extensively in Europe and the views here seem to be far more liberal and recognise a woman’s right to her body.

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            • As I said in the SatyavachanOfaSocialStarlet comment, the pressure comes from the imagined concept of the image of a young female actor. The actors who don’t follow these unsaid rules are relegated to finding their own female-led or driven films, producing their own stuff, or acting in web-series. Over the last two decades there have been many fine male and female actors who have been relegated to the sideline just because they do not fit the image of what a Bollywood actor ought to be (according to the powers that be).
              The less said about the UK and Europe the better. Unlike the US, the disturbing future trends in Europe are coming from the least expected quarter. Let’s just say that when schools are shut down in English cities over teaching of basic civil rights to children and the Government succumbs to such pressure, you have a whole new conservative belt – just not the one we would expect.

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        • Agreed. Moreover, some folks on HHC (who probably have just visited the West but do not live here so there might be a knowledge gap) are conflating the singular issue of abortion which is extremely controversial in parts of the US with the enforcement of a dress-code for women which is something that is not typically heard-of over here, unlike in India or Bollywood.

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          • Totally. These folks who surely could not be living in the West cannot understand that each part of the world has its own set of challenges to women’s rights to deal with. These folks surely cannot understand that the West has its own challenges such as abortion laws, receding LGBTQ rights (yes women can be part of that group too), campus rapes, etc. Thank you for the gyaan.

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            • Thank you for not making superficial assertions about women’s rights in the First-world nations of the West. And thank you for the quality of your insights regarding the expectations Bollywood places upon it’s starlets. Good luck with everything…:)

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    • Bollywood is generally at least a year behind now (earlier it used to be at least 5 years) in their trend of aping the West. So, give it a year or so and you will soon see midi-length and full sleeves in Bollywood.

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  2. I think Disha gets recognized more by her cleavage nowadays than her face.
    Not a single look is noteworthy but I know which one is not worthy of a look :)

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  3. I mean if one has to choose among these unremarkable looks, then Ananya looks the best.

    Disha – wonder if she will ever move beyond this tackiness.

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  4. It seems Ms. Patani has figured out the perfect way to stand out. You can’t miss her and she clearly doesn’t care what we have to say. So, it would be appropriate to say that she has invented a new style – BAAGHI – the rebel.

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  5. Ms. Patani dressed like this for her own film’s premiere? But she must be applauded for being ‘in character’.

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  6. Words fail me for Disha Patani – she works hard to keep her body in an incredible shape but there has to be other ways to show it than this tackiness.

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  7. Better to show off one asset at a time & still look classy rather than show off everything and look tacky. Classless skin show. Am all for whatever women want to wear but disha’s look isn’t even event appropriate.

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  8. I don’t think showing skin means you automatically look tacky or desperate for attention. Maybe they’re simply confident and feel like they look good in these clothes. None of them is even wearing anything overly revealing. I was born and raised in the U.S. and while midi skirts, etc. might be in fashion here, so are all the other outfits they are wearing, including crop tops. It would be great if one day women would stop judging each other for for their fashion choices or for looking sexy, especially in our culture, which can be so stifling for women.

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  9. I dislike all of the looks, but I really dislike some of the comments which are awfully slut-shaming.

    People can show as much skin as they choose – moral judgements are subjective. A person in Saudi Arabia would probably think the average Indian woman in salwar kameez was “showing too much skin” and “unclassy”.

    The clothes these women wear are a reflection of their dressing sense and style, NOT on their character.

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