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Costume drama

TV serials are now recreating some of the popular big screen looks, write Anamika Chatterjee & Bhawna Gera.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 15:41 IST

Bollywood has always been in the forefront when it comes to setting style trends. And the public has paid homage by dressing up like its stars.

But now, TV is recreating the popular big screen looks. Haven’t you checked out Shweta Tiwari of Kasautii Zindagii Kay doing an Aishwarya Rai from Devdas, or Shweta Salve of Left Right Left doing a Sushmita Sen from Main Hoon Na?

There’s more — Tina Parekh’s bespectacled look in Kasautii… bears a striking resemblance to Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho, or Kanchi Kaul as Ananya in Ek Ladki Anjani Si, looks quite similar to Preity Zinta’s character in the first half of Lakshya. Kanchi also plays a photojournalist in the serial.

Attempt to ape

TV actors sporting the big screen looks, however, don’t feel they are aping. Shweta Salve, who stars as Dr Ritu Mishra in Left... sporting chiffon saris, says, “Sushmita’s character in Main..., was such a hit that now whoever wears a chiffon sari is compared to her.But my character is different in terms of mannerisms.”

Nim Sood, who designed the Bengali-Paro look for Prerna in Kasautii..., says, “We gave Prerna a regal Bengali look with traditional clothes. And Tina’s soft character in Kasautii… is explained by her attire.” Says Kanchi, “I’ve been compared to Preity in Lakshya but that wasn’t the brief given to me.”

Thoughtful coincidence

But does this all help the serials? Feels Sood, “The style endorsed by TV actresses settles better with the masses because they see them everyday. Much before Bunty aur Babli, I had given a similar look to Urvashi in Kasautii... Now that she is coming back in the serial, I’ve given her a new look.”

Priya Mishra, programming head, SAB TV, adds, “It’s a matter of sheer co-incidence. While Sushmita’s character was high on glamour, Shweta’s character in Left... is pivotal to the plot and will reveal many layers as the show progresses.” As long as it looks good and feels great, no one’s complaining.