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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

You?re slipping, Carol!

Today, our sensibilities are really hurt when we are confronted with the sight of bare breasts. After all, we have never been exposed to them before.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 03:01 IST
OFFTRACK | Ravi Bajaj
OFFTRACK | Ravi Bajaj

Goodness gracious, Carol Gracias! What have you gone and done, girl! In one deft move you have brought such shame to your profession, my profession, to all the Bharatiya naris, all the Bharat vasis, the pravasis, and above all the gentlemen at mantralaya! How could you?

Now as a result of your rather ‘deplorable’ act, the entire spectrum of the fashion-glamour-modelling industry is under the scanner. The Mumbai Police, given the job of investigating why your halter came undone — and why your colleague Gauhar Khan’s skirt split right on cue as she was turning back — may have finally stated that there was ‘malfunction’ and not ‘titillation’ displayed on the ramp.

But it’s hardly over. Surely, they’ll be watching us more carefully from now on to check whether there is any such ‘publicity stunts’ that go on on the ramp. Lingering doubts will be fashioned in unasked questions like ‘How did the designers manage such timely choreography? Did they use a remote control? Or were they holding  the models’ garments with invisible strings which they yanked on cue?’ The Maharashtra assembly will be interested in the answers to these questions.

But Carol, I feel that you weakened your own case. Had you run back when your top fell, you would probably have been given the ‘benefit of doubt’. But no, you just picked up your top and walked on bravely like a true professional. Now that does make you look ‘suspicious’ because a Bharatiya nari is not supposed to do that. She is expected to be shy and modest, keep herself under wraps at all times — except when she is being raped on Chowpatty beach by a policeman.

And never mind the presentations in our revered heritage monuments — Ajanta, Ellora, Khajuraho, et al. That’s all history, you see. Today, our sensibilities are really hurt when we are confronted with the sight of bare breasts. After all, we have never been exposed to them before, so they are quite offending.

The media, of course, had no other recourse but to show your humiliating clip again and again and again till every child from Jammu to Port Blair had seen your ‘pixellated’ breasts. But then, news channels have to do this sort of thing for national interest.

Some of the prime Hindi news channels even took it upon themselves to apprise the public about this ‘conspiracy-to-expose’. They interviewed random young boys on the streets and asked what the punishment for these ‘offending’ designers should be. “They  should be punished,” said a gawky 15-year-old, another one echoing his sentiment.

But this is the era of television exposés, isn’t it? So these TV channels went all out on prime time debating if this, indeed, was a publicity stunt or...

The politicians spent a day in the assembly doing the same. The media did not find it necessary to even look at some ‘foreign’ fashion show footage to see if this actually happens all the time or not. But why should they. After all, TRP ratings don’t jump if one shows models with clothes on.

So fashion got the little media attention it deserved. You, on the other hand, dear Carol, ran away with most of the footage. Bravo!

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 03:01 IST

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