There is something about Prakash Jha movies that allow the most glamorous of leading ladies to go plain and simple for camera. Whether it is Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif or now Deepika Padukone, none of these actresses have had any inhibition whatsoever to leave their set image behind and turn into someone who is far more real and rooted.
"Half a decade back it was Bipasha Basu who was fine being seen in a salwar-kameez or a saree for most part of Apaharan (2005). This was the time when she was mostly seen in glam avtar and was burning the screen with films like No Entry and Barsaat", comments an industry observer.
"Last year it was Katrina Kaif who decided to let go off her Barbie image and played a mature character in Raajneeti. She was also seen in a saree while bearing a similar kind of persona as Sonia Gandhi", he continues, "In fact it was her look in the film that was primarily responsible for all the rumours and speculations about the film being based on Gandhi 'parivaar'."
The entire argument around the leading lady carrying a simple look has been reignited all over again with Jha's
Aarakshan up for release. The film features Deepika Padukone as the leading lady and expected she too would be going for a non-glam look.
"Deepika was just seen flaunting her mini-skirt in Dum Maaro Dum. Guess she did that to show her versatility, now that audience would be seeing her in a fully clothed avtar for Aarakshan", a filmmaker says on condition of anonymity, "To adopt a non-glam persona as per the need of the situation isn't new for her though. Last year too she had demonstrated that in films like Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Lafangey Parindey even though she had donned a bikini in Housefull and Break Ke Baad."
On questioned around why he chooses to make his leading ladies go de-glam for his films, Jha fires back, "I don't know what you expect from glamour. Glamour is what is inside you and not outside."
Though it does seem like a philosophical statement, Jha goes on to explain, "If you are good from inside, whatever you wear will make you look beautiful. There is a certain emotion that has to be brought out on screen when it comes to my films. When I develop an actor's look, it is based on the character that he or she is playing rather than what does audience perceive of him or her."
Hope audience agrees as well this time around too!
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