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Make Up: Women's best Friend?

Our TV ladies are all mostly laden with oodles with makeup, jewellery and gorgeous saris, irrespective of the time, surroundings or circumstances. Telly Buzz tries to unravel the mystery behind this.


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Flip through the daily soaps on television today, and a viewer finds that a woman’s closest companion is not her husband, mom, sister or even a pet – rather its her makeup. Women seem to eat, sleep, wake up with prim and polished faces covered in make up.

Look at any lady on TV, even those who are supposedly mothers and grandmothers at the ages of forty plus look ever so perfect as they are soaked in make up and adorned with heavy saris and elaborate jewelry. Even vamps like the very popular Jigyasa of Kasamh Se fame, a grandmother of a 8/9 year old, is clad in heavy make up and huge bindis.

One must wonder that will reality ever strike television? Or is it that we, as television viewers, have become normalised to this world of fantasy? Do we expect women to look beautiful and that too with make up on 24 x 7? Does makeup really equate beauty or is it a false depiction that Indian television is providing us with?

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We caught up with the most stylish grandma of Hindi Television soap - Jigyasa, played by Ashwini Kalsekar.

The lady is quick to deny that the ladies on tv overdo their get up and don't dress according to the situation required.

'This is not true at all. I have never over dressed or used makeup if the situation is so,' she states emphatically. 'Like I had some chawl scenes to do, and I did not wear any makeup, no kohl , no eyeliners, no lipstick. Just some basic minimum foundation.'

Agreed. But what about the everyday scenes, where the lady gets up in the morning in humongous amount of jewellery and goes to bed in the same. Once more, the lady goes into denial.

' Again not true. If there has been a scene where I am required to be shown as retiring for the night, I take care to remove my jewellery, and make up.'

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But that does not explain the loads of make up and the heavy sarees in everyday life! We counter. ' To some extent, I agree to that, she mellows down after giving it a thought.' But then,' she further elaborates,' some amount of glamour is needed in a daily soap. Moreover, many women don't feel comfortable without any makeup on. So that could explain the heavy make up.'

That is what we are talking about. Isn't it unrealistic that a woman has to wear such heavy silks and gold ornaments 24/7 which claw at the senses? ' See,' the pretty lady pauses, ' it's not that we have to wear them. We get loads of sarees from the production houses in a month and we choose from them. And then everyone has a certain image to portray in the soap. We decide with the designers in the beginning what our look is going to be like. Then every month, we are sent about 20 sarees, with blouses, jewellery and the accessories. I have never worn anything personal other than my chappals so far in Kasamh Se. Also, we sometimes reject what we get and ask for something else. But it has to go with the character.'

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But why don't we see simple elegant salwars of light chiffons? ' I think many of the ladies are now seen in such light sarees and chic looks. But as I said, it depends a lot on the character portrayed.' Ashwini explains. ' Moreover, we have such long hours of shoot. Frankly, it gets very difficult to have heavy make up on in one scene, remove it for the next and put it back on for the one after. It's just not feasible. It's a technical problem, and there is no simple solution. That is one reason why you might at times see the ladies going to bed with their full makeup on. In fact, personally, as soon as I get the script in hand, I check it and if I have any scenes that day which require little make up, I shoot them first.'

The gorgeous onscreen grandmother makes a valid point as she signs off.
All the more reason to bring back subtle looks with elegant and contemporary dressing style. Don't you all think so?

Reporter: Minnie
Author: Diva, Minnie


Ashwini Kalsekar

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desigrl27 12 years ago i think i read this on like yahoo india or something b4...thnx tho!!! i wonder if munna bhai chalo amerika is still coming out in '08...looking forward 2 it
jasmine_triv 12 years ago It use to contain whale fat, but haven’t they banned that now?
pln123 12 years ago Did u knw tht make up contains whale fat
april19 12 years ago thanks.. i just LUV ashwini!! shes awesome!
Yuvika_15 12 years ago One amazing negative actress... i think she rocks as Jigyasa..i love the way she talks to Rano and Bani..its like wicked!!!!
anishma24 12 years ago ashwini i think she uses toooooooooooo much make-up
T_fari 12 years ago wow.. i really like her.. she is a best best actor
prachiramfan 12 years ago yeah she's agorgeous grandmother on nice topic.
shareen 12 years ago I think they shud put on less make up.
Iriss 12 years ago thanx

jigyasa looks awesome though
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