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Get the Look: Priyanka Chopra in Teri Meri Kahaani (1910: Aradhana)

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Though the cacophony of cultures, countries and eras means there is not much space left to tell an actual story, Teri Meri Kahaani still worked for me as a visual feast whose three distinctly different courses were brought together by one theme: Priyanka Chopra’s gorgeous looks through the span of a century. The lady has blossomed in the hands of Mickey Contractor and Manish Malhotra through every frame and I have been receiving tonnes of mails on how to recreate the various looks. So, here goes Part 1 of how to get Priyanka Chopra’s looks in Teri Meri Kahaani:

1910: Aradhana in Sargoda, a village near Lahore in undivided India

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To put things in perspective, this was the peak of the Indian freedom struggle and commercially available makeup was non-existent. As the daughter of a freedom fighter, it was even more unlikely that Aradhana would be heavily made up. Hence, the more natural look with an increased emphasis on clothes makes this the perfect get-up for those looking to offset uber-bright clothes with a nude-ish face or channel “pure” Indian aesthetics that are completely uncoloured by any other culture.

“When we were doing research, the most interesting thing was the look of 1910, specially around Lahore, the Punjab-Pakistan border. Over there the ladies would dress up with the dupattas on their heads, very delicate jewellery and a lot of phulkari, so Manish Malhotra made sure that the clothes were very authentic and colours were very Indian and very bright at the same time,” says Priyanka, explaining the vivid jewel-tones and gorgeous embroidery that she sports during this segment.

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Too much colour, however, was frowned upon on the makeup front. The height of fashion would be a pinch of vermillion rubbed in to the cheeks and lips, rice powder to dust the nose and the kohl to define the eyes. Thankfully, we have better options today, so to recreate Priyanka’s ‘Aradhana’:

  • Dot a primer all over the face and blend for perfect application.
  • Layer on a foundation that makes you look slightly paler – skin that was untouched by the sun was considered a mark of wealth.
  • Rouge the apples of your cheeks with a very soft, dusky pink colour that looks as if you are blushing naturally; use a makeup sponge to blend away any hard edges.
  • If you need to contour, bring in a non-shimmery liquid highlighter (Lancome Eclat Miracle) and just the slightest hint of a matte bronzer (Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder).
  • Exaggerate eye brows with a brow pencil that’s a notch darker than your original brow colour – during the 1910s, brows looked more natural, even bushy. Fill in with feather-soft strokes for an application that does not appear harsh or unnatural.
  • Define your eyes by smudging a black pencil on both top and bottom lash lines; do not leave any space between the product and your lashes. Drag a smudging brush gently over the edges of your eyeliner to create a sooty (not smoky) effect – you are aiming to bring your eyes out but not overpower them.
  • Darken lashes with the blackest black mascara you can find – like Dior’s Diorshow Black Out Mascara.
  • Smudge on a nude-pink lip pencil with your fingers, avoiding any well defined lines.
  • Finally, you might want to sit outside to let your hair dry naturally (though I am sure Priyanka’s saw a fair bit of the straightening iron).

Also see:

1960 – Priyanka Chopra as Rukhsar in Mumbai

2012 – Priyanka Chopra as Radha in UK

Are you Shahid Kapoor’s “Perfect Woman”?

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Are they? Aren’t they? Are they? Aren’t they? Are they? Aren’t they? Even as Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra continue to artfully evade / deny / laugh off all questions regarding their personal relationship, speculation continues to escalate – especially with the duo’s Teri Meri Kahaani releasing next week.

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Still from Teri Meri Kahaani

While the trailers give proof of their superb chemistry and the guessing games continue, here’s a quick list of the things that Shahid says he looks for in his “perfect woman”:

  • shahid kapoor, kapur, priyanka chopra, teri meri kahani, teri meri kahaani, love story, romance, love, chemistryShe should have beautiful eyes
  • Sport great body language
  • Smell wonderful
  • Have a great sense of humour
  • Be extremely forthright and honest
  • Be loyal to a fault and stand by him through all the tough times
  • Be extremely sensitive and able to intuitively figure out his feelings and desires without his having to spell them out

Does Priyanka Chopra match up? And for all those girls out there who can’t get enough of the chocolate-hero-turned-hunk… do you?

PS: Did you know that Shahid was first seen in Subhash Ghai’s Taal? Yup! He was one of the chorus dancers in the song Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jaaye!

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Blink and you miss him: Shahid Kapoor in Taal

[Based on an interview I had done for Cosmopolitan]

The Anarkali Sutra

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It seems that you can’t walk for 30 seconds nowadays without running into an anarkali kurta, whether it’s on the college-student-packed roads of Colaba, the designer boutiques of Palladium, the blingy Delhi weddings or even the international catwalks. What is it about this loose, umbrella-shaped tunic that has so caught the world’s fancy?

Let’s start from the very beginning

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Madhubala as Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam

It began in the Mughal period – with an A-line kurta (long tunic) that had a clinched waistline and numerous kalis (flared panels) to create dazzling drama when the nautch girls (dancers) took centrestage. As their feet moved and whirled in a tantalizing rhythm, the glittering dresses flared out and seduced with their own intriguing sensuality… here showing a brief glimpse of a delicately sculpted leg, there reaching out and moving away from arduous admirers.

Then came Anarkali – that most seductive of Indian seductresses, who danced her way into the heart of prince Salim (later to become Emperor Jahangir), leading him to stage a revolt against his father, the Emperor Akbar. This enthralling slave-girl-turned-court-dancer was eventually buried alive by Akbar, who like all good emperors, did not like those who defied his diktats. But not before she had left her own indelible mark on fashion (and love stories) with her signature dancing costume – the Mughal A-line kurta paired with intricately embroidered bodices that heightened its theatrical effect. Today, more than 400 years later, the anarkali kurta continues to beguile, charm and wend its way through the world.

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Anarkali kurtas have been a staple of Bollywood

Back to today

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Aishwarya Rai in an anarkali kurta

When Mehr Rampal wore that gorgeous yellow-gold anarkali on the Cannes red carpet, the world watched in awe. And the demand for anarkali kurtas in the Indian market went up manifold – I myself spent two days hunting for the perfect flare, courtesy mom, who wanted one “just because!”.

Which brings up the question of what exactly makes up a good anarkali? Ideally, according to the purveyors of contemporary Indian style, it’s a long kurta made up of two parts: The upper portion is snug empire waist bodice; the lower part is paneled and flares out like an umbrella. The bodice is heavily embellished, the bottom is highlighted with a beautiful border and the sleeves are tight. It is worn with a churidar – a fitted trouser-like bottom that perfectly offsets the voluminous top.

In the hands of a skilled designer like Rohit Bal (who dressed Mehr for Cannes) it can go all the way from uber-glam and seductive to elegant and semi-casual. And while the original Anarkali wore only silks and brocades, today you can do just as well with georgette, crepe, chiffon, zardozi and mirror work. An added bonus? It’s perfect for adding a hefty dose of Indian grandeur to the wardrobe of those who are not really used to wearing the more cumbersome saris!

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Preity Zintas channels the legendary Mughal dancers in an anarkali kurta

Bipasha Basu’s fashion fiasco at IIFA 2012

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There are times when I wish the sari was not so versatile. That there was one strictly prescribed way of wearing it and “creative draping” had never been discovered. Because, somehow, all of Bollywood is determined to prove that this Indian garment can go very very wrong! From the overly-covered-up Aishwarya Rai at Cannes to the fairly-uncovered Bipasha Basu at the IIFA Awards in Singapore, is there nobody who can get the blouse and drape right?

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And it’s sad when such bad things happen to good people like Bips, who has been pretty sartorially savvy till date. Granted that if I had a super-hot body like hers, I too would have wanted to flaunt it in ultra-cool style. But the problem is that this bikini-style blouse by Shivan & Narresh really does not complement her figure at all, making it seem somehow off-kilter and (dare I say it?) tacky. Plus, the sari itself can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be formal or informal, Indian or Western, a fitted gown or beachwear, elegant or sexy… complete confusion! And it makes her look much older than her years.

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I much prefer Bipasha in the turquoise blue dress she wore yesterday – much prettier and fresher. Even the makeup is more gorgeous, all dusky pink cheeks and glowy limbs… this is the Bips that we know and love! Can we have her back please?

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What do you think? Which look do you prefer?

Chanel’s Bombay Express Makeup Collection 2012

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India is clearly taking fashion and beauty centre-stage this season, especially with Chanel’s Bombay Express summer 2012 makeup collection, which is based on the couture house’s pre-fall catwalk collection. Inspired by the sights and delights of Indian festivals, the makeup is replete with the mesmerising beauty of gold and charcoal pigments that are perfect for adding a seductive glow to all skin tones. Prepare to make heads turn!

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Poudre Compacte in Route des Indes de Chanel

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This is the show stopper – a shimmering, lightweight powder that features fine light-reflecting pigments to create a ‘halo-like’ glow and give the complexion a fabulously flawless finish. It can be used over makeup or on bare skin and goes on super-easily with the help of a fluffy brush. I will clearly have to buy two of these: one to use, another to store as the paisley pattern is just too gorgeous to spoil!

Le Vernis in Diwali

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This metallic gold nail polish, which Peter Philips (Chanel’s Creative Director of Makeup), describes as “a homage to the celebration of light that takes place in India”, is luminously glossy, making it the perfect choice for glam summer evenings. As an added bonus, the innovative formula not only promises a rich, long lasting colour but also strengthens and moisturises the nails with every application.

Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana

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Sultry, kohl-rimmed eyes have long been a staple of Indian makeup and Peter Philips gives them a modern touch with an intensely pigmented, super-shimmering gel-textured eye shadow titled Nirvana. A little bit of the long lasting charcoal black shade will go a long, long way so start off with a gentle touch, building up the intensity as you go along. For a subtle look, use it to line the eyes; for more drama, cover the entire eyelid.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d’Or

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This dusty pink blush is flecked with very fine gold luminescence to create a youthful vibe. It has a silky texture and offers buildable coverage, making it perfect for every mood – right from natural to dramatic.

Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte

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A look with such dramatic eyes needs a nude lipstick – and Peter Philips comes through with Empreinte, which gives a natural pink-hued shine that complements all skin tones.