Sunday, January 20, 2008

Do you wanna fedora?

That the clothes of Partner will end up on this site will come as no surprise, I'm sure. As much as I disliked that all of Salman's shirts had words on them, things really could have been much worse, given that Salman was supposed to be hip and sauve, Govinda a dork, Lara a bit rough and tumble, and Katrina proper.

There's only one chunk of costuming that I found fug-worthy (plus one strange piece, and I'll get to that in a sec). The look that I most disliked, featured in some of the movie's publicity (see below), was mostly confined to the song "You're My Love."

Check it: Salman has a rapper with giant brass knuckles painted on his pants, they stuck Govinda in a scaled-down version (who thinks this photo was photoshopped? He looks the same size as [but less buff than] Salman), and Lara is wearing shiny roman blinds as pants. Everything reeks of a dark corner of Kevin Federline's closet.

(Pictures courtesy of the official site.)

Here's the thing: I assume that these clothes are supposed to be ridiculous. So bravo, costume designers. But I maintain that I can appreciate your aesthetic and its effects - maybe even admire them in a grudging tip of the hat, "touché" sort of way - without actually liking them. So I draw that distinction and throw some more photos into the mix. The guy in the brown, orange, and white ski vest with a white bandanna looped through his jeans particularly caught my attention.

Lara also has a furry white fedora, but I forgot to get a picture.

The other standout was this itty-bitty vest thing. Lara Dutta has never struck me one way or the other in movies, but here I found her quite lovely except when she was stuck in pint-sized bleachy denim.

Update: Ohhhhh! Now I get it - they're trying to be Hard Kaur!

She's even got a vest like Lara's.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

the wristband makes the man

(An email submission from our friends at Post-Punk Cinema Club. Even the P-PCC's and my favorite Shashi Kapoor is not bedecked beyond reproach all the time - I guess being married to a costume designer isn't protection enough.)

Shashi reached all-time lows in Chor Sipahee (1977) (as well as all-time highs, it must be said, it was a very variable Shashi).

First, there was THIS. Agrghhh.

Which naturally provoked this reaction from Vinod.

This one's worse.

And here it just looks like they're both going to laugh.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Not. Remotely. Fugly.

So a regular reader of this blog told me yesterday that she was sad that we had so reduced our postings; the word "pitiful" was used. So today I went looking online for some new, egregious fugliness, and was brought almost to tears by one of the most bee-yoo-ti-ful things I have ever seen. (I should mention I have been sadly disconnected from Bollywood news of late, so this may be common knowledge to everyone else.)

THIS should serve as the example of perfection against which all fugliness is condemned. The upcoming film is Jodhaa Akbar, and it totally feeds my addiction for period costume.

I always prefer when Ms. Rai-Bachchan wears as little makeup as possible.
It makes her look like a Serious Actress.
Tears came to my eyes on seeing this one of Hrithik...

Movie Website: Has loads of yummy pictures and posters!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008