Red carpet: Glitz and Glamour in B-town

Published: January 25, 2014
These beautiful ladies stole the show with their ensembles.

These beautiful ladies stole the show with their ensembles.

It seems B-town beauties have been taking inspiration from their Hollywood counterparts as the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards saw the desi divas rocking some couture-savvy gowns.

We do miss the charisma of the traditional sari at the Filmfares but nonetheless, the red carpet still looked hot and fashionable. Here is our round-up on the best dressed at the Filmfare Awards:


Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt may have called her an over-rated actor on Koffee with Karan, but the incredible Kajol looks surreal on the red carpet, and we are so no over-rating her! Unlike the young lot, Kajol chose to wear a printed Nandita Mahtani one-shoulder gown and she looks younger than ever in it! Her subtle front-puff and refreshing make-up looks flaws and makes her look youthful. While she is sporting Swarovski earrings and a black clutch, her real accessory is that gorgeous smile!

Deepika Padukone

Bollywood’s current style diva was blazin’ hot in this Gaurav Gupta, figure-hugging, gold dress. It was definitely the most daring dress seen on an Indian red-carpet. Also, it appears that the actor drew direct inspiration from UK socialite Lady Victoria’s Golden Globes’ look. From the retro, side-swept waves to the gown, everything was exactly the same except for the colour of the dress.

Priyanka Chopra

Hubba Hubba! Actor Priyanka Chopra was undoubtedly the star of the evening in this black Alexander McQueen gown. With that vintage short wavy hairdo and gold drop earrings, she deserves to be on the Oscar red carpet instead of the Filmfare. Her make-up is downright sexy and while there is nothing we would like to change in her look, a cuff bracelet would have taken it to the next level.

Soha Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan’s baby sis was another treat in gold. The strapless Ken Ferns gown, with a corset-like top half and bandeau detailing, looked spectacular on her petite figure. The knuckle duster gold clutch also adds an extra oomph to her look. While the make-up looks fine, we would have appreciated if she went for a more creative up do instead of letting her loose to one side because that almost covers part of her gown.

Neha Dhupia

She may have not been so successful on the silver screen, but she is hardly ever wrong on the red carpet. We love how the Punjabi bombshell fuses traditional with contemporary in this black sleeveless blouse by Payal Singhal and cream skirt by Anju Modi. The statement gold accessories and the slick updo does wonders to her look. There is no doubt that Neha can be safely called one of the Bollywood style icons of the decade!

Preity Zinta

Actor Preity Zinta reminds of why we miss her so much on the silver screen in the outstanding ensemble. The one-shouldered blue gown by Indian designers Gauri and Nainika looks stunning on this curvaceous beauty and while that side bow-tie gives a more prom-like feel, the gorgeous colour just simply knocks it out of the park. Her updo and smoky eye make-up seem simply effortless.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2014.

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