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The Ho-ji moment

What really blew me away in Fashion was Madhur Bhandarkar’s bizarre notion of what the ultimate Ho-ji moment for a good, middle-class, well-brought up Indian girl really is, writes Anuja Chauhan.

entertainment Updated: Mar 21, 2009 18:46 IST
Anuja Chauhan
Anuja Chauhan
Hindustan Times

Saw Priyanka Chopra pick up all the awards for her supermodel act in Fashion and so decided to finally see the movie. It was okay types, the girls looked good, specially Kangana, but what really blew me away was Madhur Bhandarkar’s bizarre notion of what the ultimate Ho-ji moment for a good, middle-class, well-brought up Indian girl really is.

Priyanka’s character goes all the way with her boyfriend -— that isn’t the major Ho-ji moment in the film. No way, we’re too broad-minded for that. Itna toh chalta hai.

Then she throws him over for another, very rich and influential guy only to further her career and get a plush flat to live in — but that isn’t the big Ho-ji moment either. Then she starts smoking like a chimney and drinking like a fish. No major Ho-ji here. Then she has an abortion. Nope, that isn’t the major Ho-ji moment either. The she starts doing serious drugs. As you can see, we’re building towards a climax here -— it’s a downhill road for Priyanka all the way and things are getting seriously out-of-control.

What will be the final deprivation, you wonder, what is it going to take to finally push this girl over the edge into the abyss? And make her realise that she is no longer the sweet, simple person she used to be? That she is tainted, debased, out-of-control? And set her on the road to some serious path correction and a nice upbeat, happy ending for the movie?

Guess what Priyanka’s ultimate Ho-ji moment is. She goes to a party, snorts a lot of cocaine, starts dancing with some random guy and wakes up in bed with him. What’s the big deal, you ask? She’s done this before. Oh, but this time is much worse than anything she’s done before — because he’s black.


Yeah. That’s the ultimate Ho-Ji in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion.

In the same year that America put a Black man in the White House, India awarded a movie that made having a sex with a Black man the ultimate sin. Priyankane literally apna mooh kaala kar liya.

Bollywood’s become very big on research nowadays, so it’s possible that Madhur Bhandarkar researched this stuff. That he went about asking middle-class girls what their ultimate Ho-ji was. And if this was it, then it just goes to show how Fair and Lovely we are as a country!

Anuja Chauhan is proud to say that she works in advertising! She is also the author of the best selling The Zoya Factor

First Published: Mar 21, 2009 18:44 IST