Why is Ujjwala Raut upset?
The fall-winter editions of the Lakme Fashion Week and Wills India Fashion Weeks may be around six months away, but the controversies are already here. India Fashion Week'06india Updated: May 18, 2006 17:31 IST
The fall-winter editions of the Lakme Fashion Week and Wills India Fashion Weeks may be around six months away, but the controversies are already here. The latest is that one of the most valued “international connects” of the LFW in Mumbai, Ujjwala Raut, is evidently miffed with the LFW.
Ujjwala, whose LFW assign ment was her first ‘Indian’ assignment after five years, said she was disappointed by the Mumbai fashion week. “I was disappointed with Mumbai because it is important to separate Bollywood from fashion,” the model said, adding, “I enjoyed my trip to Delhi as I have not been there in five years, the scene there was more professional and there were more designers.” About her LFW experience Raut said, “Designers think you can get more press through the stars, but it’s more important to know what buyers want. It’s all right if a star walks the runway for a social cause, not for a designer.” “Internationally too, many actors and actresses walk the runway for social causes, which is well appreciated. Finally, at the end of the day it’s the business that counts.” What are the reasons for her displeasure? Well, no one really seems to know, though some insiders say she’s apparently miffed because she came down to India thinking she wo uld be the star of the show, only to have it taken away by Bollywood.
Lakme’s Anil Chopra said he was, “hearing about this (Raut’s criticism) for the first time.” Ravi Krishnan, advisor to IMG, was also cagey, “Everyone is entitled to their own view…although we have no knowledge about what Ujjwala has said,” Krishnan said. “We never place any restriction on designers and the talent from participat ing in both fashion weeks,’ he says when asked why she also was also part of WIFW.
Asked if she would be back in India for more shows, Raut said, “I would love to be here for the next fashion week, in August.” Though both the FDCI and the LFW camps maintain that “it’s too soon to say whether Ujjwala will walk for them or not,” fact is that the ‘August’ show she’s talking of is the FDCI one and not the LFW, which is in ‘October’!
First Published: May 18, 2006 17:31 IST