In Twos

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Bhumi attended events for her movie this past week and was seeing wearing sequin looks twice, first in an Alina Anwar Couture gown on Monday and then in a pantsuit by Dhruv Kapoor on Friday.

Between the two, much preferred her in the gown. As for the pant suit, I loved the pantsuit and I don’t mind the bralet, but I would’ve preferred it styled where the blazer was buttoned and the bralet had that peekaboo effect.

Bhumi Pednekar

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. Call me a prude but for female actors to stand on the road dressed in revealing outfits to pander to the male gaze is disgusting.

    As are ‘item songs’ and the vast majority of Bollywood movies that cast actresses as eye candy for lecherous men.

    I wish women in general and female actors in particular, would value themselves more and hold their craft to a higher standard.

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    • +100
      So well said!

      Yes… as if the Bollywood movies themselves were not enough (filled with item numbers with half or almost naked women… and a “story line” that “demands” 18 year old barely pubescent and post pubescent girls romancing 55 year old geriatric men),

      these starlets also show up at promotions with no bra or just bra or no blouse or no under wear… (male co-stars or directors no matter what age are NEVER half, partial or somewhat naked)

      these females seem to be “working” twice as hard as anyone else on the cast and crew in order to “beg” people to watch the show.
      SO desperate!

      They have no dignity left!
      (They are the first ones to claim they never saw read heard or experienced the casting couch, they were hired “purely” for acting talent)

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    • But what if she doesn’t care what lecherous men think of her? Isn’t it their problem and not hers? Can’t she dress as she pleases and not limit herself because of what others might think? PS: I don’t like her dressing sense but the reason not to wear something should NOT be ‘log kya kahenge/samjhenge/etc etc.’

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      • Hey no… that’s where most women get it wrong,. it’s really wrong to pass it off as ‘I don’t care what they think of me’, it’s gotta be more like I care what I think of myself. This whole dressing to please self is great but it shouldn’t let you down in public.

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        • I think we all believe that we know what is appropriate and what’s not. That we are some kind of authoritarians. Really think about it – its what society has dictated to us. What is letting down in public mean? It means you dont conform to what the public expects of you. As a kid I used to wonder why women needed a dupatta to cover their bosoms but men didn’t need one for their crotch, when in reality both areas cause projections or curves. Or how when a woman decides to dress up, she is seeking attention. All are shackles to keep women from feeling liberated. If Ranveer Singh dresses wonky, we call him loud and that’s that. We dont talk about any other facets of his work or character. So like I said, I dont care for her fashion sense but it really is her choice whether she wears a bikini or a gown or anything else, to where she pleases. I might be in the minority to say this but really, her dressing does not reflect her professionalism or her character or her intellect. We have been boxed by societal norms for too long. Choose to look beyond.

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          • Great word, but that’s not my point. Igaf to patriarchy, but I do definitely care about how a piece of clothing requires me to manner myself especially in a crowded public spot if I were even slightest of a star.. or not. N yeah, this isn’t men v/s women.

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      • I would love to see men going about with skimpy shorts and bare chest ( Borat)& give an explanation that we do not care what lecherous women think of us. It is their problem not mine.
        It really comes down to 2 things – is the garment appropriate & is the garment tasteful. That is the question I would love our actresses to pose to themselves and their overrated stylists.

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    • Just because somebody craves attention and wants to be considered sexy(and doing a bad job at that) does not mean they don’t respect their art. Attention seeking dressing does not make anyone less committed just like prude dressing doesn’t makes you more committed. Dressing and work ethics are mutually exclusive.

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    • So with you on this.. dressing up as per the place is women sense. I mean don’t get her urge to be a chandelier at any given place. And the clothes are so tight, I’ll fitted.

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  2. I don’t get Bhumi. She’s gorgeous and a supremely talented acteress with many hit movies to her credit. Then why on Earth does she dress and exude insecurity? She is a star and not a tween trying to get attention!

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  3. The peekaboo bralet looks absolutely ugggh. And she looks completely artificial and misfit.
    Bhumi consistently has a very trying-too-hard style sense, or the lack thereof. Looks completely artificial.
    Would be nice to see her in something that she owns, literally and figuratively.

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  4. Sigh. Why?

    The cleavage area looks make-uped to the max in the bralet pics or is it just be some light and reflection?

    These are still better than her pose-y pictures on Instagram. She needs a pose stylist more. The recent green dress ones are horrendous.
    I just saw the gown pics on Mohit Rahi’s page before coming here; I prefer the paps’ pics.

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  5. My god reading these comments makes me realize how prudish you guys sound . So what if she chooses to wear sexy clothes ?? Does it make her any less of an actress . I work in an international school and you should see how these Irish/ Scottish teachers dress up when they go out . They hardly wear any bra ..forget a bralet. So does that mean they are not good teachers .
    The fact is we Indians are still very prudish when it comes to dressing in sexy clothes . We may act all cool and all and deep underneath we cringe when we see a celeb in any sexy dress If anyone wears a mango saree there will be thousand praises but if someone shows any skin , it’s such a problem . Not to mention age shaming which is so rampant in the comments here .

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  6. Seriously, women here are judging her for wearing the clothes? What if she’s wearing this because she WANTS to wear them, and does not give a flying fuck about men staring at her. That is the men’s problem, not hers. We are perpetuating patriarchy by putting the onus of men’s thoughts on women’s clothes.
    Do I like her clothes? No I do not, but I will defend her right to wear what she wants. Come on people, we women have to stand up for each other if we want to smash the patriarchy.

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    • “Smashing patriarchy” requires education and social changes – especially educating men and changing their mindset. While urban centers are slowly evolving, a majority of the Indian society is still very sexually immature due to the social norms (especially values with which men from lesser-educated tiers of society are raised). It is always very interesting to see where the line of propriety/safety/vulgarity is drawn vs. freedom of expression. Here Bhumi has all the right to wear what she wants but what makes people uncomfortable is the setting. While it is possible to ignore the male gaze, it is definitely uncomfortable when it is lecherous and vulgar. If Bhumi decides to wear a bikini in the middle of a road in Mumbai, do you think we should support her? Do you think India is there yet? Just because people point out the issue of setting, doesn’t mean we r backwards. Progress has to be made from both (women’s rights and men’s perspective) to truly break the patriachy. It cannot happen by bollwood asking/ecouraging its ladies to strip down and stand on road sides in India.

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    • +1000. The veiled slut-shaming on this blog is appalling. Any sari sighting with a revealing blouse or one boob drape will have everyone going crazy every single time. I see so many regular people dress like that in real life, I don’t know what the big deal is. On these pages, its always tagged as ‘tacky’ or lacking ‘class’.

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    • Exactly my thoughts . I also don’t like her sense of dressing but bashing someone up just because they are wearing sexy clothes is ridiculous. And it’s been going on for too long . Everytime some celeb wears a Bralet , all the bashing comes. I mean really ??? Let a woman wear what she wants and feel good about herself . I may look lovely in a mango saree one day and I may look equally good in a sexy romper the next day .

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    • Preach. Agree with RucHii and S too. Dressing is a personal choice and nobody has the right to give people character certificates based on what they’re wearing…that sounds so twisted even as I write it. Secondly, I definitely think a lot of the criticism comes from people’s reluctance to accept non-skinny women in “hot” clothing. I can bet if Deepika, Kareena or Anushka were wearing the same thing in the same place, far less people would be complaining.

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  7. Bhumi looks like she’s been holding her breath for too long…cos if she lets go that bra let might just break apart!! Plus that white make up…how is this in any way “empowerment’s”?! Just makes all your insecurities even more glaringly obvious!

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  8. How is that white makeup called “empowerment”? How are these looks called empowerment when there are vulgar item songs, vulgar sex scenes, vulgar skin show in Bollywood. Isn’t it hypocritical of these Bollywood people to teach public about empowerment. It’s because of this skin show on screen and off-screen in Bollywood many girls are not entering film industry, resulting in so much loss of talent. Bollywood is the last one to teach public about women empowerment.

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    • But who is talking about empowerment right now ?? She has come to promote a film . Why do we need to throw in empowerment all the time ??
      And honestly , empowerment doesn’t come what your clothing choices . One doesn’t need to only wear mango saree or suits to teach about empowerment

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      • You are not understanding it. She is promoting her film here, and everyone is asking Bollywood, why Bollywood is promoting skin show on screen and off screen instead of proving themselves with talent. “There is no need to promote their film with stripping off their clothes, if there is content we will see it”, that’s what they are saying. Bollywood is vulgar on screen and off screen… period. That is the reason many girls are not entering film industry, because of skin show.

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        • But isn’t it Bhumi’s prerogative to dress just the way she wants to? And in our country, a woman’s ability to do so is actually empowerment. When we live in a country where girls/women have to dress conservatively for fear of being judged/molested/raped, then the ability to wear ANY dress that she pleases at a public space does become empowering. Also, how does Bhumi or any other actress’ dress choices limit other people’s talent from showcasing in Bollywood? That’s far-fetched. What is ‘vulgar’ for you might not be for me. What is ‘decent’ for you might be boring or shabby for me. Therefore my friend, our set of morals are just opinions that we firmly believe in – NOT facts. There are no absolute rights and wrongs. So live and let live.

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          • Me and everybody knows that in a continent like Asia, many women need empowerment and human rights. Not that western world is perfect, it has it’s own ugliness-es and issues there. That’s a different issue. This is a different issue. Your comment is not convincing. In Bollywood if a man has the privilege to promote his film in fully dressed clothes, then Bollywood women also should have that privilege. By looking at Bollywood ladies’ dressing, it doesn’t look like they have that privilege. It looks like the Bollywood ladies are conforming to “Bollywood norms”. I don’t believe Bollywood, it all looks forced. Refer to Dora’s comment, she wrote it aptly.

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  9. Criticizing her attire here is not slut shaming or body shaming. neither am I trying to confirm to societal norms. She look clearly uncomfortable, holding her breath in and looking like she might explode any second. The grayish white makeup only makes things worse. How is all this empowering in any way? Would a man paint his face in some random shade ten times lighter than his skin color, then squeeze himself into an outfit that is clearly not his personal style, hold his breAth and pout ? True empowerment is when you can do what YOU really like and not become a victim to unjust prevailing norms which in this case is bollywood pandering to the male gaze.

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    • But how do you know this is not her personal style ?? As if someone is holding a gun against her head and asking her to wear a bralet . Just because we have seen her doing different kinds of roles in movies doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to wear sexy clothes off screen .
      Anyways I rest my case . Honestly it’s not even about Bhumi but the fact that we cant wear sexy clothes without slut shaming . That’s really regressive I feel. I will be super happy wearing a bralet ( if only I had a good body ) but that doesn’t make me any less empowered than you . It’s my choice to dress up the way I want .

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  10. This is a fashion blog.
    You may not like what she’s wearing.
    You might think her outfits don’t work for her.
    But doling out character certificates, slut shaming,assuming one has supposedly latent image issues????
    All these conclusive statements take much more than what a person wears.
    You may critique an outfit, that’s absolutely your right as a fashion enthusiast.
    But thinking she’s trying too hard to shed an image, or she’s being tacky and frivolous for wearing a certain outfit – these are way beyond the realm.

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