When it comes to the small screen, fashion is mostly about traditional wear. But this September, Elle Magazine is celebrating twenty-five years of Indian cable TV with a shoot that puts popular TV faces into a very different mould.
Five influential telly bahus — Narayani Shastri, Pooja Gor, Pratyusha Banerjee, Krystle D’souza and Tarana Raja — have been transformed into glam divas for a special shoot with photographer Joy Dutta. “Shooting with these actors was cool, though I hadn’t watched them on TV. I love the fact that they lend so much more to the images. Each one had their unique style quotient, but the shoot was so hectic that my lunch was eaten up by someone from the crew,” laughs Dutta, when asked about his new muses.
Here’s a look at their different avatars.
Playing a mother on TV (Phir Subah Hogi) doesn’t mean she is low on glam. Narayani Shastri says she had fun wearing a vintage outfit for this shoot. “It was something new for me as it was a departure from my character’s (Indian) look. I usually dress for comfort, so I asked for clothes I can breathe in.”
Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai actor Krystle D’Souza couldn’t be happier to have been part of this feature. Her character Jeevika is dressed in salwar kameez, which Krystle finds stylish. “I’m here because of my character, Jeevika, who is quite style conscious. I too am particular about style, and this feature is a big platform for a TV actor. I was happy as I got to wear all my favourite brands.”
Playing the upright Pratigya made Pooja Gor popular, and now the show has been running successfully for over three years. “Usually, models and Bollywood actors are featured (in magazine shoots), so this was a good opportunity for us. I can’t wait for the issue to be out. This look was something I’ve never tried before, since my character is always seen in saris.”
Playing Ram Kapoor’s friend in Ekta Kapoor’s show Bade Achche Lagte Hain made Tarana Raja popular. Thrilled about her look in the shoot, she says, “For me, style and comfort are synonymous. I’m a moody dresser, so you might see me decked up at one event and in shorts and a T-shirt at the next. I was humbled by the fact that they thought of me, though I don’t even play the lead role.”
Balika Vadhu’s Anandi, Pratyusha Banerjee looks fresh as a daisy in this cool outfit. She says, “It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this fashion magazine.” The 22-year-old actor perennially sports a ghaghra choli on screen. What’s her take on dressing up? “Style for me is simplicity,” she states.