The votes are in. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is Bollywood’s most coveted actress. Sixteen years after she was declared the most beautiful woman in the world, her flawless features still top the list of inquiries made at the plastic surgeon’s office.
“We get maximum requests for Aishwarya Rai’s narrow jaw line and high cheekbones. Most people still think of her as the one with a perfect face,” reveals cosmetic physician, Dr Rashmi Shetty. Plastic surgeon, Dr Meenakshi Agarwal adds, “Patients also ask for her eyebrows. Fine features like hers are very popular.”
Dr Jamuna Pai concurs: “Most people who come in to fix their nose want a sculpted, aquiline look, and they usually refer to pictures of Aishwarya Rai.” Pai adds. “Patients are also conscious of skin and that’s another area where she scores. She has the most beautiful and robust skin. From the enquiries we get, people seem to have noticed that.”
While Angelina Jolie’s lips have conquered the globe, Bollywood’s leading ladies don’t fall far behind in the copycat game. “Kangana Ranaut’s lips are perky and full, people like that they’re not too dramatic,” Pai reveals. While pouty Priyanka Chopra’s lips may have only male fans, many women covet Katrina Kaif’s pink kiss.
“The pouty look is here to stay,” insists Pai. “Thin lips will never be popular because they age you. As you grow older, you lose volume on your face. I have a knack for subtly filling up the lip, though an actress might opt for a more emphasised look.”
Eyes on you
Reportedly, Bipasha Basu’s eyes have a fan following of their own. “She’s got a beautiful uplifted shape, close to almond eyes. We can create that using botox and fillers. Many people have requested it too. Shilpa Shetty’s eyes are emphasised by her luscious lashes. People who have thin eyelashes, like her lashline.”
Cheekbone implants are popularly used to give the face a youthful look. Instead of going under the knife, cosmetic physicians inject fillers into cheekbones to create glamourous apple cheeks. “The procedure is popular among girls who lose weight, especially on the face, because of heavy dieting. Madonna looks like she has opted for this procedure. The gaunt look with extremely prominent cheekbones and hollowed-out cheeks ages you,” claims Shetty. The results last between six months to two years, depending on the amount and quality of filler used.
Another popular trend is the dimple effect. Agarwal says that Deepika Padukone’s dimpled cheeks have tempted patients to ask for the same.“Today, everything from your smile to your nose can be bought,” grins Pai. “You can achieve anything you want.”
Never grow old
Among the older stars, people still love Rekha’s strong jawline. She hasn’t faded from public imagination,” reveals Shetty. Patients also want to know the secret behind Dimple Kapadia’s luminous skin, while Madhuri Dixit’s smile still reigns as the most coveted of all. “It’s been a while since they’ve seen her, but many still think of her smile as the most beautiful.”
Beauty is skin deep, cosmetic physicians will testify to that. Bipasha Basu’s dusky skin may be looking considerably lighter, but Pai attributes her glowing skin to her new workout: “People love her glow, they’ve noticed the change in her skin texture. It’s mainly her fitness regimen that’s flushing all the toxins out of her system.”
Shetty adds that Kareena Kapoor’s pink flush also attracts a fair share of admirers. “Her skin is really flawless, she needs no make-up,” she avers. Sushmita Sen is another torchbearer for the dusky skin tone.
According to Dr Rustom Ginwalla, there was some truth to that size zero phenomenon. “One of the things that people ask for, unrealistically, is to have Kareena Kapoor’s figure. Some actually come with photographs of the stars. If it’s unachievable, I shoo them away because they will never be satisfied with the results.” Ginwalla admits that most Indian women, with their heavy bone structure, cannot realistically copy Kapoor’s narrow frame. “They want to have the same proportions, especially the slim waist.”
Liposuction being the key method used to reduce fat, is one of Ginwalla’s most popular procedures and is used to tame flabby arms, thighs and abs. He’s also launched a new method called baser high-def, which makes it possible to construct a six-pack without spending long hours sweating it out in the gym. “You need to be someone who’s relatively fit anyway,” he mentions. “What we do is sculpt the body, especially the chest and abdomen area, to emphasise the muscles. Most men who come in for these procedures want to look like Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om.”
And while actress Jennifer Lopez may have the world’s most desired derriere, in Mumbai, Malaika Arora Khan’s voluptuous assets have many women asking for the same. “But Malaika was born with that butt,” reveals Pai. “I’ve known her for many years. So I have to tell patients who ask for the same, that she is genetically endowed.”