Indian gown huge draw at Oscars
Dame Judi Dench's gown, done by Sandeep Kholsa and Abu Jani, was noticed and admired, says Vijay Dutt.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 19:39 IST
Indian films may have lost out completely at Oscars this year, with its only hope Paheli failing to get even a nomination. But India was represented on the Big Night of Awards in an equally colourful spectacle through a dress worn by Dame Judi Dench.
It was noticed as much as the necklace worn by Keira Knightley.
Described a priceless necklace, it was made by Bulgari in 1960 for Farah Diba, then the Queen of the Shah of Iran. Bulgari family bought it back and Keira borrowed it from them for the night. The media gave Keira the Oscar for best necklace.
From Britain, actress Rachel Wiesz, nominated in the best supporting actress category for her performance in political thriller The Constant Gardener and animated duo Walace and Gromit were the night -- winners. A third British success came as Martin McDonagh won best live action short film for Six Shooter.
The other British hopefuls Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench, who were nominated for Pride and Prejudice and Mrs Henderson Presents respectively lost out. But Dame Judi's gown, created specially for her by Sandeep Kholsa and Abu Jani was noticed and admired as she walked up on the red carpet.
A film distributor here rightly said, "So what if no Indian film was noticed at Oscar, an Indian dress design did bring it into reckoning."