So there were two points of basic interest for Indians at this year’s Oscars. One, Dev Patel’s Lion being nominated in six different categories. And second, Priyanka Chopra’s red carpet appearance. Now that everything about the big award night has been reported and discussed, the trollers have come into the picture. Of course, for one peculiar reason — Priyanka Chopra’s dress at the event.
Priyanka, who walked the red carpet of the 89th Academy Awards, wore a stunning white and silver Ralph and Russo gown. The structured gown had a mesh panel, and block detailing. She further coordinated diamond drop earrings, straight side-parted hair and two chunky handcuffs to complete the look. She looked gorgeous. Here are the pictures.
She also had a beautiful candid moment with her Baywatch co-star Dwayne Rock Johnsson. Look at this picture.
Everything was amazing until we came across this picture.
Yes, the people who compared Sonam’s Cannes dress with an omelette, idli, a bird and a hairy monkey, who compared Rihanna’s dress with a pizza, are back to do their job with now comparing Priyanka’s dress with a kaju katli (an Indian sweet).
Why is there so much pressure on the red carpet appearances of the actresses?
Priyanka Chopra looked good. Even if she had not, do we have a right to humiliate her for her fashion choices? It’s her choice of presenting herself in a certain way. Why do we have to always tell an actress to fall at par with our expectation and wear what she ‘should’? This game of scrutinising women for wearing an inch higher slit or an inch lower neckline, for sporting purple or nude lips and for donning sheer, brocade, velvet should end for better. Also, this fashion policing gets so stern at times when we start pitting one actress against the other. Especially in India, where we have two actresses foraying into the world of international cinema, all we can see is Priyanka Chopra vs Deepika Padukone.
Such hawking does not only have a negative impact on a viewer but also on the celebrities. For them too, looking good at an event becomes the biggest thing of honour. Maybe that’s the reason why the Sonam Kapoors and the Alia Bhatts of the town only get noticed for what they are wearing at events like Filmfare or Cannes. Why don’t we talk about real things? Like did Sonam Kapoor take a moment to talk about gender equality or women empowerment while receiving an award for Neerja, which by the way, is a film that brings these issues to the fore. Or did Alia Bhatt talk about drug menace while getting the Best Actress award for Udta Punjab, a film that dealt with the same issue? No, we don’t. Because all we see is Sonam’s plunging gown and ‘Oh, Jacqueline wore the dress from the same designer Katrina wore.’ Or how Alia repeated her boots and Deepika, her hairdo.
Let’s grow up to realise what are the issues that really need our attention rather than become troll masters and top-level criticisers of good and bad fashion. Of course, celebrities have a responsibility to ensure that whatever they do with their style, they do not end up looking like a garbage. But, that’s just about it. Not over-hyping red-carpet fashion should be a ‘thing’ now.