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30 October, 2008

Fashion

I saw the movie Fashion by Madhur Bhandarkar today. It is a bollywood Hindi movie based on the fashion industry, the glamour field. How the models lead a very fake life. All that glitters is not gold. Although, there is a disclaimer in the beginning of the movie saying that none of the characters have been taken from real life, you can distinctly point which character is taken from whom in real life. Kangana is Carol Gracias with wardrobe malfunction. There is a character of Rohit Bal, Suneet Verma, etc.

Most of the problems shown in the movie are related to doing drugs, coke, excess smoking, drinking and most of the designers are shown as gay.

While all the above is true, Director of Madhur Bhandarkar repute, who is known to do thorough research on his story, ignored/neglected the other aspect. I would have liked to see models being obsessed with their weight. Anorexia, Bulimia, Cosmetic surgery, nose job, boob job, liposuction, permanent implant.

The Director just showed a girl spending Rs. 50,000/- for a portfolio and going on to become a supermodel. He wanted to expose the glamor industry and show what lied beneath. Was he successful in doing so?

I deal with models and designers on everyday basis. I know their pressures. It is not just about doing drugs etc. It is something much more. Wish that angle had been exposed too.

21 comments:

  1. It sounds really interesting actually. I know it's a fake world... even without the drugs and the eating disorders...
    And you know, Kiran, I think that such a small percentage of the designers are actually, really, truly talented. At least in my opinion.

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  2. Wow. I want to watch. :)

    Thanks for the review.

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  3. Agree that their problems are much more than that. I had a model neighbor few years back. He was gay, drug addict, had sleeping disorders, eating disorders, gym obesity, compulsive about accessorizing his bike. All in all he was a total psycho.

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  4. @ agnes. Yes it is a fake world. Even this movie it is shown how designers just bring clothes from bangkok and sell it as their own.

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  5. @ divinediu yeah it is worth watching

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  6. @ jagjit yes i wish the director had explored such angles.

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  7. i dnt like madhur bhadarkars movies...so fashion is a big no no for me...

    sry not been reg.
    m home in delhi for diwali so jus been busy wid family

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  8. great insightful post Kiran!

    yes alot of models live fake lives..only very few really hv a passion for it and are doing it right.

    I hate the current Make Me A SuperModel reality shows on TV...crap!


    Keshi.

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  9. @Mayz. so watch dostana or golmaal instead. Welcome to Delhi

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  10. @ Keshi. Even I don't like these reality shows.

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  11. Well, if you ask me , film is all about telling a story. and maybe madhur wanted to tell this story about the modelling world which is all about sex, drug, heartaches and heartbreaks. though what you say has merit in it, but story telling is a personal thing. we may like it or not.

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  12. i like MB movies... too good of a director.. i wanna catch up with this movie.. and you have lot of blogmates these days.. way to go..

    how do u manage this.. training, fitness and writing too.. and all i do is just sit and write

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  13. @ Amit Yes That is what, I wanted the director to have researched his story subject more in detail.

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  14. @ chriz. yes i have many blog mates.
    i do manage it. and you also do salsa, sing, write ( so well), etc etc.

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  15. first time here..and first time am seeing a blog about fitness training..cool:D

    coming to the post, Madhur is one director I admire a lot..He always tread a different path compared to the masala-addicted directors of bolywood..Havnt seen Fashion yet..Hope its as good as his previous works

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  16. I watched fashion yesterday. Found it a bit slow and predictable. And yeah I agree with the anorexia issue. It was left out!

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  17. @ Nischal. There could have been more research on the issue.

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  18. it is good to hear the other side of the story. although i haven't yet seen the movie, i have heard the reviews. they were good as with every bhandarkar movie.

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  19. @ rahi. Madhur Bhandarkar is a director of good repute. No doubt about that.

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  20. I saw it over the weekend..... quite frankly I believe that it didn't do justice to the topic....there is just so much more to it....way more than drugs, homosexuality, drinking etc....

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  21. @ Akshay. Thats exactly what I am saying too. Great men think alike.

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