The controversial actor Meera, known for her constant slips of the tongue, was spotted at the International Punjabi Film Festival looking like an utter disaster from the East. We appreciate that she wanted to remain true to her roots by dressing up in traditional attire but this glitzy, unflattering lehenga choli is only making us want to disassociate ourselves from her.
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We can’t help but wonder why Meera would put so much serum on her luscious curly locks and flatten them into a few strands of hair lying on one side. If she really did not want a voluminous hairdo, Meera should have gone for a simple and elegant bun with her hair pushed back. A gajra around the bun would have given a true desi appeal.
Considering that Meera was representing Pakistani culture at an international platform, we fail to understand why she opted for an oversized red bindi! Apart from this rather odd choice, nothing seems to be working for her on the make-up side. With those extremely dark smokey eyes, unblended base, blazing red lips and eye-soaring bright pink nails, it seems as if Meera decided to put up everything that was available on the colour palette. Ever heard about subtle, natural make-up, Meera ji?
We always acknowledge actors picking some classic Eastern wear over Western outfits but this glittery optical illusions-inspired mermaid lehenga and plain velvet busty choli is not complementing her at all. A flared plain lehenga with an embellished border and a longer top covered with a beautifully sequined dupatta would have been a way better option.
We will be compassionate and appreciate her efforts in selecting those kundan polki jhumkas although the extra length of the earrings could have easily been slashed. On the other hand, that huge round silver ring and plain black grandma clutch needs to be stashed in the dump yard! We advise some simple bangles and a gold box clutch. Although we can’t see her shoes, we hope she has gone for some less disastrous heels.
Bollywood’s attractive heartbreak kid looked ravishing in sheer embellished desi couture at the Filmfare Awards 2011. The extra-long sequined shirt complemented her flattering figure well and she managed to keep it simple yet elegant with minimal accessories and some subtle natural make-up.
Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra dazzled audiences in a traditional Manish Malhotra lehenga choli at the Marrakech International Film Festival last year. She managed to keep it desi yet uber chic with a statement necklace, subtle tiny black bindi and spotlessly gorgeous make-up.
The evergreen and charming Bollywood actor Sridevi, was glowing in a surreal, pure white lehenga choli at the Sahara Pariwar bash held in her honour of winning an award. She looked ageless and delightful with her flawlessly defined eyes, statement kundan necklace, half-pinned hairdo and that million dollar smile.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.
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