Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan & Mallika Sherawat at the Oscars
For the first time in its history, there was some serious Bollywood representation at the Oscars. And no, “Slumdog Millionaire” does not count as ‘Bollywood’. We also hate calling it Bollywood. So let us rephrase: the 83rd Academy Awards was the first time a couple of major Indian celebrities were invited to Hollywood’s most prestigious event as attendees rather than nominees.
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, often referred to as India’s golden couple, graced the red carpet looking like a million bucks. Unfortunately, we can’t say we loved Ash’s dress. From the neck up, she looked stunning — her hair and makeup were spot on. But while we appreciate the literal representation of brown on the red carpet, Ash’s Armani Prive Fall 2010 gown was oh so underwhelming.
This is the same woman who in the last couple of years at Cannes and other international platforms has finally come into her own on the carpet, giving us regal looks from Elie Saab and Roberto Cavalli. We love the Jimmy Choo ‘Lana’ clutch, but the overall look proves that all that shimmers does not shine.
If someone had told us that Mallika Sherawat would one day attend the Oscars, we’d probably have spit out our mango lassi. Or accused said person of having consumed some sort of special chutney. But for the uninformed, Ms. Sherawat has spent the last couple of years in Los Angeles working on projects such as “Hisss” and “Politics of Love” (formerly known as “Love, Barack”). At first glance, her sparkling white gown is decent. At second glance, the bodice is all wrong and the thigh-high split is inappropriate for the Oscars. Having said that, ‘inapprop’ is not a term that fits into Mallika Sherawat’s dictionary (“Inglorious Bastards” premiere, anyone? We tried to block it out of our minds, too. But the nightmares never really stopped.) To her credit, the hair and makeup are fine, and that the girl has a bangin’ body is no secret. But the design is simply off (the actress Tweeted credit to Mark Bouwer, Jeffrey Paul and Ivan Britton). Also, black chunky shoes with a sequined white dress? No.
Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman returned to perform “If I Rise”, a song he composed for Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” nominated for Best Original Song. Though the Maestro didn’t take home the trophy this time, he looked dapper in a black sherwani while performing with Florence of Florence and the Machine.
What did you think of India’s latest outing at the Oscars? Are you digging Aishwarya and Mallika’s looks or disappointed divanees (and divanas) like us? Tell us your thoughts below or Tweet us what you think @divanee!