By: Enkayaar, Glamsham
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Wearing a Bikini onscreen was once upon a time considered a taboo, as most actresses wished to confirm to the image of a 'Sati Savitri', to cater to the likes of the general audience. However, there have been plenty of heroines since time immemorial who have appeared once or twice in a bikini, either to give a sagging career a boost or to launch oneself on the screen. In majority of the cases it is at the beginning of the career, or when the beginning has not been that significant; and in a few stray cases it has been at the middle of the career as well.
One can cite many examples of well known celebrities who have appeared in bikinis for whatever reasons, few of them being Parveen Babi, Zeenat Aman, Dimple Kapadia, Sonam, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai to name a few.
Aishwarya was seen in a bikini in Dhoom 2 whereas the more experienced veteran Zeenat Aman had done this with aplomb in Qurbani, Pukaar and Dostana. Even a song was written about her in the film Dostana - 'Bahut Khoobsoorat Jawan Ee Ladki Sadak Par Akeli Chali Jaa Rahi Thi'. Probably this is the only song picturised in bikini, in Hindi Films. There was a dialogue in the film as well, where Amitabh Bachchan (The male lead in the film) tells Zinnie Baby that people would not respect her if she went out in those kind of clothes, implying that the outfit would be a beating to a 'Sati Savitri' image which is what she should ideally portray. Parveen Babi had done it in Abdullah and to a partial extent in Shaan.
The most explosive debut performances in bikini that one can think of is of actress Sonam in Vijay. Madhuri Dixit had done it in Tezaab, and Dimple Kapadia in Zakhmi Sher and Sagar when she was on a come back trail. Juhi Chawla had applied the same strategy in Sultunat aka Karanme Kamaal Ke opposite Karan Kapoor, Chandni and Darr as well.
Among the female actresses of the past, the names that immediately come to mind is Sharmila Tagore in An Evening In Paris , Vyjantimala in Sangam, and Simi Garewal in Mera Naam Joker.
The hitch to be seen in a bikini among the heroines in earlier days could have something to do with the physical dimensions, which probably was not worth showcasing, and in some cases could be due to lesser exposure to the western norms. However, with health and physical fitness gaining priority, the actresses now are more confident in showing off their body onscreen. The quite visible manifestation is Bipasha Basu, and Vidya Balan (In Guru).
The time is slowly arriving in the industry where lead heroines wearing bikini will not raise eyebrows. So, let more bikinis bloom on the silver screen!
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