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Emulation Of The West, Fake Glamour: Tarun Tahiliani On What Indian Red Carpets Look Like

He also highlighted that most other celebrities have lost their individualistic style amidst the stylist-rule fashion race.

Kriti Tulsiani | News18.com@sleepingpsyche2

Updated:March 19, 2017, 4:08 PM IST
Tarun Tahiliani, best known for his innate ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship with textile heritage, believes that political statements on Indian red carpets wouldn't be discerned with the same spirit as they're taken in abroad.

"I don’t think a Meryl Streep or a Glenn Close that goes lashing out at President Trump would’ve been tolerated in the same spirit in India", he said in an exclusive interaction with News18.com.

When asked if Bollywood's red carpets are on the same lines as that of Hollywood, he disagreed saying, "In India, red carpets still look like a place for either emulation of the West or a lot of fake glamour besides a few actresses who always have their own style."


The designer admits that most people on the red carpet feel there's too much at stake to stick their neck up politically and credits veterans like Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar for being vocal about issues that they support.

"By and large, the red carpet remains a petty emulation of what is going on from the Oscars, in my opinion," he added.

He also highlighted that most other celebrities have lost their individualistic style amidst the stylist-rule fashion race. "It’s very driven by the stylists and unfortunately because of a lot of press bashing people have learnt more restraint than the ability to speak their mind," he said on the sidelines of Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter'17.

The couturier feels that even though we've remained a democracy advocating freedom of speech, the "vandalism and gunda-ism, if not the direct leader in question, are often tactics employed with mobs of unemployed younger youth to ransack, intimidate, scare."

He also cited a personal experience when his friend and designer Malini Ramani received threats during the Jessica Lal murder case. "I saw this myself first hand when the Jessica Lal murder happened, with my friend Malini Ramani, who was threatened and repeatedly asked to settle for a compromise."

The designer showcased the magnum opus grand finale of the recently concluded AIFW 2017 in tandem with Amit Aggarwal. The two brought to ramp their own intricate designs against a stunning backdrop and a soul soothing live music.
| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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