Friday, December 29, 2006
Ash, Abishek May Wed on February 19th
Friday, December 22, 2006
After all, she's the bride-to-be, out celebrating, so we'll allow her some excesses. And her red top looks nice enough, though maybe a bit too small in the chestal region.
But then she gets up to join the dance and we can see her entire one-piece, bell-bottomed, peekaboo jumpsuit.
(Sunil's all "damn, girl" and she's all "I have to hide my face in shame!")
I really don't know what to say. It's so clearly wrong, but I can't think of a single adjective to sum it up precisely. And I am a woman obsessed; I took six screen captures of this so that its full fugliness, from squishy top to bizarre middle to really wide bottom, could be seen by all.
On the other hand, this film gave subtitled glory to a theme of this blog:
Thursday, December 21, 2006
- SRK for Bing Crosby (light-hearted gravitas)
- Kajol for Rosemary Clooney (goody! pair 'em up again!)
- Saif for Danny Kaye (comic timing)
- Preity for Vera-Ellen (although, we need a really spectacular dancer here...)
- Big B for the General (the audience would be in tears during the tribute at the end!)
And I think Karan Johar would be all over the melodrama of the plotline... what do you think?
I've seen the movie at least half a dozen times in the last few years, but I must not have watched it since I began watching Bollywood, so it was before my sensitivity to clothing in musical numbers began to (over-)develop. If you get a chance, please do check out the "Minstrel Show/Mandy" number for the ultimate in crazy, including men in red gloves and bottle-green suits and bespangled backup dancers with glittery tamborines with faces drawn on them. This image doesn't do the song justice, but it does contain my favorite dance move, in which Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby skip-flap towards Vera-Ellen.
The set is weird too, with white and red scrolly, frothy, Chinoiserie-looking pieces that twirl around. Here's "Mandy," the second part of the song.
So, in the spirit of tight, shiny, sparkly, brightly-colored clothes from all cultures, happy holidays, fuggers. Try not to use the tinsel as an accessory.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I think we need to stage an intervention for the designer who thought men in form-fitting, sparkly purple pants and body harnesses would be a hit...
Fortunately, Hrithik's outfit is above reproach. ;)
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I was going to say that a picture was worth a thousand words and then just let you take it all in, but then I remembered that it was imperative that I point out that the long white dress with the paisley shapes in it has cut-out bits inside the paisleys, because I didn't notice that the first time I saw it.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Oh, and Salman Khan seems to have raided SRK's collection of gauzy, georgette shirts.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
It's not horrible - though I have made my feelings about facial hair abundantly clear, and clean-shaven-ness is one of Akshaye's (and others') most endearing qualities - but the dark hair and white beard thing has already been done, and since you forfeitted your shot at being a bigger star than Amitabh decades ago, just let it go and do your own thing. Or Kenny Rogers's thing, whatever.
* To be fair, he did say it was for a specific role in his new movie Risk, and in this interview, at least, he seems to look like a very normal man in a shirt and ambervisions.
Thanks to Babasko for the tip.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Keep makin' that face Hrithik, 'cause it's not funny.
In addition to the arguably tepid kiss:Hrithik - Hulk Hogan's sidekick
(Need a close up of the ornate fabric?)Warning: This photo features male cleavage, an ascot and fake snakeskin.
(Need another view?)
Pearlescence is not always priceless.
Especially when it comes with matching headband and cummerbund belt.
That whole segment from Yaadein wins the What the FUG?! award in my book.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I can't think of just the right joke to make about Mithun Chakraborty being someone's "big tiger," if you know what I mean.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Now, we at Bollywood Fugly want to know--was it all worth it? Was the darn kiss hot or not?
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
As for Ms. Neetu's stripes, I'm sure she was just trying to rock the styles of the times. These dolls were very popular those days. I had two but they were black of course. And then, there's always the possibility that it was an oblique reference to these famous legs...
Its not exactly fugly (in fact I looove some of the clothes there) but still very much worth a dekho:
Thursday, November 30, 2006
"Yes, I am looking pretty fugly. Get a load of this bow tie!"
"Dude! Check me out in my black-bow-tie-with-blue-suit, plus these ridiculously oversized Nicole Ritchie sunglasses!"
"Fortunately I have both a matching vest and highly visible sweatstains! Beat that!"
"Double whammy! Red scarf tied around the head and a double-breasted vest made from upholstery! That's impossible to beat!"
"We have a new fugly champion!"
(Screenshots from the song "Chaand Mera Dil" from 1977's Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I don’t think so...
The male dancers look like a pack of cards.
I won’t even start on SRK’s fugly outfit (What’s the "X" on his t-shirt stand for? And those pants! Ew!) and Kajol’s shocking-pink, fringe-tastic, beaded, legging number.
(For the record, I adore early 1990's Kajol; I had the same frizzy hair and eyebrows circa 1993.
Kidding aside, she’s one of my Bollywood faves.)
Here in a closeup we can see the overall design confusion - Too Much Of Everything. Simplicity and one overarching theme is not in this designer's playbook.
From a distance, it appears the girls are wearing cheerleader costumes; they have just discarded the pom-poms and twirling batons they entered with. The skirts are sequined, they are wearing visors, and playing flutes. Like all cheerleaders do.
Not content with an actual cheerleader costume, our designer has chosen to give the girls ruched tube tops with spaghetti straps, and hoop earrings with wide choker necklaces.
What has to be the most embarrassing male backup dancer costume in the history of Bollywood. Gentlemen, I am so very sorry.
It's difficult to get a clear shot of the jacket Saif is wearing in this number, but the sleeves are hung with chains, and the front of the jacket is covered with medallions, crosses, and other large silver pendants.
Here we have Akshay and Shilpa Shetty in the "Churake Dil Mera" number. Shilpa wears a different animal for each location; red Leopard for making out on the beach...
...Tiger for rolling around in the grass...
...and the most endangered of them all, Linoleum for boating. Note that with Akshay, we get not only the gold chain and open shirt of the 70s, but also the Miami Vice pastel jacket with the pushed-up sleeves.
I may need to create an entire post just for Shakti Kapoor's wardrobe.