Those of us who catch occasional glimpses of the Hindi soaps on TV laugh our heads off at their heroines. After all, they’re dressed like Christmas trees, with full make-up, heavy outfits and what seems like all the jewellery in the world. Never do you see a heroine in casual clothes, or one with minimal makeup, at any time of the day, even as they sleep.
For passionate viewers of these shows, of course, this is how a heroine should look. These shows are style guides: anything new spawns a thousand imitations.
But what’s it like for the actresses behind these bahus? Don’t they get tired of wearing 12-kg saris, a ton of jewellery and 63 layers of makeup all the time? And how do these actresses dress in real life? Five TV bahus spill their personal style secrets.
The minute I put on those saris or salwar kurtas, I become the character I play. It’s important to ‘feel’ your character when you’re an actor, and the clothes, makeup and jewellery do half the job of getting you there. But wearing those outfits 12 hours a day, every day, month after month, makes me yearn to get home and into my brother’s over-sized T-shirts and my shorts. I am most comfortable in those.
I prefer lehenga-cholis to saris. Saris require a lot of work to carry off. But what’s more irritating than saris is the jewellery, especially in the rainy and hot seasons when we are shooting outdoors. Just recently, we had to shoot at a nearby set and it was raining. Holding up the lehenga without getting drenched and dirty was quite a task!
From HT Brunch, November 2
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