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The filmy fashion feud

As actor Kalki Koechlin and fashion designers Riddhi and Siddhi draw out their daggers over ramp ethics, others from the fraternity join the big debate.

entertainment Updated: Aug 31, 2013 01:27 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
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The fashion and film worlds seem to have locked horns. After a fashion show held in Mumbai on Wednesday, actor Kalki Koechlin, 29, alleged that Mumbai-based designers Riddhi and Siddhi called her, mentally unstable, a remark that she says was a reaction to her not walking the ramp with them at the end of the show as is the norm.

“After a four-hour wait in lehenga, jewellery make up they have the gall to call me mentally disturbed! Riddhi siddhi.... (sic),” Kalki wrote on Twitter. She cheekily added, reacting to the fact that the remark may have been fuelled by rumours of a rocky marriage with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, “By the way I am mentally disturbed but it’s certainly not because of my hubby ;)…”

The designers have, on their part, denied the allegations, and demanded an apology from the actor. “... do not drag us into this without an evidence,” they wrote on Twitter, calling Kalki’s claims ‘careless’ and ‘defamatory’.

When we spoke to the fashion fraternity to understand what goes on when a star walks the ramp, most favoured a no-Bollywood policy. “I don’t think we need Bollywood at fashion shows. Kalki should have walked with the designers... she owed it to them. Also, some actors throw tantrums, I have seen a star actually hurling a shoe in the green room after it broke on the ramp,” model Amanpreet Wahi told us. Designer Anupama Dayal said, “Featuring actors makes the situation complicated as both parties have expectations.”

Actor Neha Dhupia, however, said: “I don’t know what happened here but, Kalki is very professional. In general, the communication between a designer and show-stopper needs to be clear, and sometimes, things don’t go as planned. The focus should only be on having a good show.”