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Bollywood divas in de-glam mode

What is it that urges our glam icons to wipe off make-up? Let us explore...

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 13:50 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

What is it about looking like a plain Jane, if not plain frumpy, that attracts our modern-day beauties of Bollywood? Every diva, from Urmila Matondkar to Bipasha Basu and from Aishwarya Rai to Kareena Kapoor, is going into the de-glam mode.

Urmila, known for her ultra-chic appearance and attitude in Rangeela and Daud, has been doing a series of no-makeup roles. The process culminated for Urmila in Jahnu Barua's Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara where she played a simple straightforward middleclass girl.

"I is far easier to play deglamourised parts where you don't have to focus on your makeup and other paraphernalia. It is just you and the camera," says Urmila.

Kareena shares the same sentiment."Fir Dev, I did nothing to my face except splash it with water and that was it, I was ready for a shot," adds Kareena.

Dev is Kareena's most acclaimed film and performance to date.

So, is there any connection between deglamourisation and recognition?

Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu in Prakash Jha’s Apaharan. Glamore icon Baipasha surprised every one with her de-glam avtaar in Apaharan. "Once I got into a simple salwar-kameez for PrakashJha'sApaharan, I felt I had transformed into a simple working-class girl," says Basu.

"I wouldn't really know," said Bipasha. "But once I got into a simple


for Prakash Jha's


, I felt I had transformed into a simple working-class girl."

Rani Mukerji, who has played the scrubbed no-frills working girl so many times, agreed. "It is amazing how clothes can change the way you feel. De-glam isn't so much about getting the gait and the speech right as feeling comfy in the clothes and the look. I was completely without makeup in Saathiya and Paheli."

Aishwarya, considered by many to be the ultimate glam-goddess, will be seen in a totally deglamourised avatar in Jagmohan Mundhra's Provoked where she plays a battered wife. The role requires her to be totally removed from her glamorous persona.

"But I have made no conscious effort to look battered and bruised. It is just the way one feels when one is put in a certain traumatic situation," said Aishwarya.

Hema Malini in Gulzar's Khushboo, Rekha in Jabbar Patel's Musafir, Madhuri Dixit in Nana Patekar's Prahaar, Raveena Tandon in E Niwas's Shool and Juhi Chawla in Nagesh Kukunoor's 3 Deewarein are some other actresses who dared to remove all elements of vanity from their performances by appearing utterly makeup-less on camera.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 14:30 IST