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Hindi film heroines stand revamped with the times

Published on Monday, 10th of May, 2004      1798 Reads

Recall the vamps of old, wearing tight, asset-revealing outfits, tagging the villain, and generally living it up in bars, performing cabarets at the drop of a hat. Sometimes they were lucky enough even to seduce the hero. Cut to the present. Where have all the Mona Darlings gone? Cabarets are still very much in fashion, but there are no more Monas. As Dilip Kumar and, after him, Amitabh Bachchan and others grabbed every opportunity of doing comic roles, resulting in the demise of the traditional comedian, so over the last decade or so, the new heroines have taken over the role of the traditional vamp. The trend actually started in the seventies with the likes of Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman. They then made way for the Karishmas and Raveenas who were very willing to let their hair down. In the process, the traditional of a "heroine" was altered. In the beginning, there used to be a particular dress code for heroines in hindi cinema, with salwars and saris dominating. They always used to keep their eyes glued to the floor. Remember Waheeda Rehman in Choudveen Ka Chand ? The part of dancing with body-hugging clothes was reserved for the vamps. Recall the scene from Yash Chopra s Deewaar with a semi-clad Parveen Babi in bed with Amitabh Bachchan. Parveen was very much a sensation in those days for having the courage to do such revealing roles. But what was considered courage in those times has become routine for present-day heroines. How far down the line have we travelled from the times when the appearance of a heroine in a swimming costume used to create waves at the box-office. Raj Kapoor s Bobby really cashed in on this. The decade of the seventies is remembered as the time when traditions were being demolished. The anti-hero was taking the place of the hero and heroines with less and less clothes on were out to redefine beauty as in Satyam Shivam Sundaram . This was the time when starlets becoming famous overnight with just a peck planted on Prince Charles cheek.
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