Monday, June 25, 2007
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So with agreement to this adage, beauty holds different perspectives for every other eye. What may be pure, flawless beauty to one may be superficial and bland to another. So what happens when connoisseurs of beauty have varied things to say about this subjective aspect? It fills the canvas with different hues of views about beauty.
Top photographer Daboo Ratnani believes in the final product and not how the person looks in real life. It is very necessary that the person looks dazzling in the picture or else the picture can't be perfect. He says, "As a photographer, beauty is what I see through the lens. I am interested more in the end product - the picture - rather than what the person is really all about. It's okay if the person is not brilliant looking in real life, as long as she is stunning when she is in front of the camera."
On the contrary, ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha feels that an imperfect beauty makes brilliant pictures. He feels that if a picture goes wrong then it is not the face's fault, it is the photographer's fault though he feels that there is an element of photogenic factors that count.
Daboo feels that a great bone structure and cosmetics can enhance beauty. But he also feels that confidence in oneself is a prerequisite. Gautam agrees that today beauty has become very cosmetic. He asserts, "Unless you have your individuality with your won flaws and perfections - you will look like anyone else around."
Fashion designer Manish Malhotra has an altogether different take on beauty. He feels that stylizing and enhancing will make a person look complete. "I think beauty can't be one thing in isolation. You can't make an actress wear one of your finest creations and think she'll look perfect. It's the detailing that enhances the complete look - with accessories, make-up and hair-do that complement her clothes and features. Its personality and entire carriage that makes a woman look beautiful. That's what beauty means to me."
Manish feels that unlike yesteryears fashion and stylizing has been given importance now. He states, "The concept of fashion and beauty has gone through a complete metamorphosis over the years. When I joined the film industry, they didn't really have space for a stylist, or the capacity to understand the concept of styling. It was a struggle. There were Yash Chopra films that were beautifully styled, but other than that fashion was quite loud and garish. At that time the modeling fraternity and fashion designers looked down upon Bollywood films. Slowly it changed and every designer craved to be associated with designing clothes for movies. When I hear people talking so much about make-over's, it's strange. I saw it and was a part it ten years ago. Urmila and Karisma's makeover happened ten years ago."
The talented artists have their own choices of beautiful people based on diverse criteria. For Daboo photographing Aishwarya Rai is a dream come true. He also thinks Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Tabu look fantastic. Rekha is the one he would love to work with. Gautam says, "Imperfect beauty is a face like Dimple Kapadia's. Her nose is not exactly where the plum line falls. Her lips are not completely in the center. Yet, she's one of the most stunning visions we've had in films. Even Kajol, who unlike her aunt (Nutan) is an imperfect beauty, makes brilliant pictures by the sheer strength of the sparkle in her eyes and the infectious smile." For him Rekha and Madhuri Dixit and it is a challenge to capture Sridevi. He has seen and appreciated the ilk of Juhi Chawla, Aishwarya Rai and even Tina Munim since their struggling days and so is like a father -figure to them.
As far as Manish is concerned, he absolutely adores Sridevi. Zeenat Aman, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh are his all-time favourites. But he cannot stop going gung-ho about Madonna. He gushes, "She is a stunning woman who looks different every time you see her. Not just her clothes, she works on her entire look. That's exactly how I like to work - design in entirety, making the woman a perfect picture you can't take your eyes off."
So gone are the days of true conventional beauty. Now even an unimaginably ugly thing can be beautified. But no matter what, beauty is something which should strike THE chord. So beauty is how one makes it look beautiful. After all even the ugly duckling was beautiful for its mother!
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