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Wanna be like mom!

Shara Ashraf, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 11, 2013
First Published: 17:30 IST(11/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(12/5/2013)

As little girls, all of us have endlessly gazed at our mom’s sepia toned pictures with awe, and a desire to look exactly like her one day. We helped four Delhi-based celebs re-enact their mom’s picture by wearing similar outfits, and striking the same poses. The girls went all out to get the pictures right! With a few wigs, make-up tricks, and a thorough practice of mommy poses, these daughters stepped back in time to look exactly like their moms!


Nida Mahmood
As a little girl, I would spend hours pretending to dress up like mom, ransacking her wardrobe. I would look through her photo albums and be enamoured by how pretty she looked. She always dressed simply and would yet be most stylish with all the right elements together. It is amazing how, so many years later, I got to relive some of those lovely moments.

With an enormous amount of gel, and a baffled make-up team, we turned Nida’s boy cut hairstyle into neatly parted hair, but the fake bun would refuse to stay! Finally, after some 35 fixes, the bun obeyed. Kudos to Nida for being such a sport :)

Rina Dhaka
My mother has been the pillar of support in my life. I always had this desire to resemble her, but never did, until this shoot! You can call my mom’s style quick fix, simple, no fuss, and yet it always stood out. She was a no make-up person, and less was always more for her. I really wanted to do something very special for her, and guess she’ll be very touched to see this picture.

When Rina’s turn came, we didn’t know how to dress up the glamourous Rina, who we’re so used to see in sheaths and shifts, like the demure lady in the picture. Rina made our task a cake, she pulled out a top and pretended it’s a kurti, but the duppatta went missing! Her generous domestic help saved the day!


Yamini Reddy
Beautiful silk sari, contrasting blouse, her hair pulled back, bindi and traditional South Indian jewellery, that’s my mom’s trademark style. When she goes buying saris, she pays attention to every detail, right from the motifs to the weave. This is for the first time that I got to emulate her style with such accuracy. It’s amazing!

While Radha lent Yamini the same silk sari you see her wearing in her picture taken years ago, along with her bindi and jewellry, there was no way Yamini could wear her mom’s nose stud without a nose piercing. Not wanting to settle even for a slight difference in their looks, she finally let us paste white stones on her nose. We bet you can’t tell it’s not a stud!

Sonalika Sahay
My mother’s style was the simplest that I’ve ever seen. She had lovely skin and I don’t remember her applying any make-up at all. She would get ready in minutes flat without fussing over much on her outfit or hair. It’s so exciting to dress up like her! I feel like her little daughter again! This picture is so special to me...I wish mom was here to see this...I’m going to send this to my dad and enlarge it for my room.

We kidnapped Sonalika as soon as she landed in Delhi after a hectic out-of-town- shoot, and shot with her in the blazing sun in front of a park. A perfectionist, Sonalika went all out to get her pose and style right, and immaculately copied her mom’s body language too. The picture is definitely worth all the pain this daughter took. What do you say?

Mom lights up my world: Vikas Khanna
I had a great moment in my life that made me realise the power of motherhood. Once in my banquets, there was a power failure due to heavy rains in Amritsar. Our generator was able to supply power needed for the lights, but would trip whenever we used the video camera flash. The generator was tripping and turning on every few seconds. I ran on the terrace where the generator was kept. I saw my mother standing in the rain and turning on the switch when the machine would trip. I knew it then that when the glory of my life would fade, she would still find a switch to bring light to my world. (As told to Debasmita Ghosh)

No one inspires me like mom, says Ritu Beri
My mother is beautiful and always stunningly dressed. She wears her look with a regality that is rare, and she is impeccably groomed. She has a lovely collection of pastel, floral and chiffon saris. She carries them with her intrinsic elegance and pearls, which have become her trademark. The bond between a mother and child is unique. I understood it, as once I experienced it myself. It’s a blessing to be a mother. I make sure I am with my daughter the first thing in the morning as she wakes up. My daughter Gia is my stress buster. I always try to have her around me.(As told to Snigdha Ahuja)


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