Witerati | Selfie-conscious on a telly show show
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Witerati | Selfie-conscious on a telly show show

For the common man commuting, the Metro stations set the stage for a “capital” time clicking selfies. Girth control or not, our expanding population doesn’t “waist” any selfie opportunity.

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2017 16:00 IST
Chetna Keer
Chetna Keer
Hindustan Times
Chetna Keer

Now that the red carpet has rolled up at many a recent global gala, whither Instagram’s India’s selfie-starved addicts?

Seems starry selfies are going strong still. When B-town biggies savoured their selfie moments, “Cannes” small stars stay far behind!. The stage is now shifted back to the small screen as red carpets take a respite.

This brings us to star selfies which are always doing the rounds, for every reason and every season, come vain or shine.

There’s the small-screen “studio selfie” staged by reality shows. It’s a convergence of the big aspirations of small stars and the small aspirations of the “aam” audience vying for 15 minutes of fame. The studio selfie comes powered by mobile brands doing a “reality” check.

If “The Kapil Sharma Show” selfie has comic timing, “Nach Baliye” or “Koffee with Karan” get selfie-conscious, too. Kapil needn’t lose “heart” if his TRPs and self-esteem suffered a blow, post the exodus of estranged Sunil Grover & Co, for the selfie-worth of his show’s always raring to go.

What makes reality shows like Kapil’s score high on selfie-esteem, despite losing TRP steam? One thing that makes this studio selfie click is that it’s thick. Since the selfie grapples to be the right fit thanks to “Bumper”, it sure seems plumper. This selfie moment carries weight not just for its comic cast, but also for its Sidhuisms. Last but not least, this studio selfie is “double” on sex appeal, as male torsos preen ‘n’ pirouette to play pancake protagonists of the female kind.

Boasting of its own brand of selfie moment is “Nach Baliye 8”. When it’s small-screen’s date with B-town biggie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” Salman what better for Instagram India than to be treated to a selfie that sports the tagline, “Chal beta selfie le le re”. If #Divek delivered this selfie of the “Dabangg” kind, Harbhajan Singh and better half Geeta Basra laid the pitch for the studio selfie to have a field day.

From Bhaijaan to Bhajji, the studio selfie is to the small screen what the red-carpet selfie is to global glitterati. Studio selfies needn’t be small in stature compared to red-carpet selfies of Hollywood or Bollywood biggies – only the starry egos fitting the frame “Cannes” vary in size, only the vanities may be small or tall.

When big-screen beauties have the red carpet, small-screen stars their studio selfie, can the “aam aadmi” be far behind in being self-ie conscious!

This brings us to another kind of selfie – “street selfie”. What sets the stage for this “aam aadmi’s” selfie? That’s where Shakespeare may unwittingly have penned a phrase pregnant with futuristic probabilities for the selfie age when he wrote, “All the world’s a stage.”

Indeed, every public place is a stage for the commoner populating this selfie age.

If globe-trotting glitterati have red carpets rolling to stage their selfie moment, the locally roaming “aam aadmi” has the escalators of Elante or North Country Mall on which to get selfies rolling.

For the common man commuting, the Metro stations set the stage for a “capital” time clicking selfies. Girth control or not, our expanding population doesn’t “waist” any selfie opportunity. What comes riding into the “street selfie” are not just India Smiling’s middle-class aspirations but also middle anatomies as pot bellies sometimes rub shoulders with many a double chin, or commoner clones of the Priyanka pout are flaunted with Alia Bhatt-inspired midriffs thin to power the “street selfie” grin. Selfie-centred times indeed!


First Published: Jun 11, 2017 16:00 IST