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B'wood turns green with envy

Even Bollywood stars are feeling jealous of the chiselled bodies on display at Mumbai's India Fashion Week, reports Khalid M Ansari.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2003 17:02 IST

Legions of male fans aren't the only ones losing sleep over the hot, hot bodies on display at the India Fashion Week. Bollywood stars present at the country's biggest fashion extravaganza are beginning to feel the heat too.

"Even as a kid I wanted a body I could be proud of. Sadly I never became as tall as I would have liked," says Rani Mukherjee. The doe-eyed actress, who along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was at the National Centre for Performing Arts on Monday to attend Sabyasachi's show, admits never having got over her desire to walk the ramp.

"I have worked a lot upon looking good and certainly manage to turn heads. But when I see all these men and women with hourglass bodies, it simply takes my breath away. Perfect 10s like Jesse Randhawa, Sheetal Malhar and Gauhar Khan are a painful reminder of what I could have been," she quips.

Rani, fresh from the success of Chalte Chalte, is not the only actor turning green. Tinseltown veteran Anil Kapoor is also amazed at the wealth of catwalk talent in the country.

"Last year there were hardly any good male models at the IFW. Things are different this time around. It's a pleasure seeing so many handsome hunks strut their stuff. In fact, before I joined films, there was a time when I wished I could flex my muscles like them", he says.

With a whole lot of models making the short hop from catwalk to arc lights, envy is bound to grow. Those straddling both sides of showbiz bear testimony.

According to Katrina Kaif, whose dare-bare Rohit Bal number sent temperatures soaring at the IFW on Sunday, says compliments kept pouring in during her shoot for Kaizad Gustad's Boom. "Even established stars confessed they could give an arm and leg for a figure like mine", she gushes.

First Published: Jul 22, 2003 13:19 IST