Beauty – how you define it

THE ACTRESS, who fascinates and mesmerises us the most with her ravishing beauty is no other but our Piggy Chops – a seductress who has proved that beauty and brains can go hand in hand. She is an actress who has played the most number of roles in a single movie-12.

From here I want to transfer this discussion to a serious platform. When I talk about a predicate beauty, I feel like talking about subject beauty, and of course it is feminine beauty. When we define feminine beauty, we have to decide in which situation we would like to define it. There had always been a co-relation between the women’s movement and lack there of, and society’s feelings about woman and their aesthetic appearance. Women emancipation movements have always been more concerned with gaining recognition of their equality than how they looked. Woman felt beauty came from within and was not a product one could buy. Women want to be loved. But they want it to be on a 50 / 50 basis which includes being admired for the qualities they possess. The modern women today are shaking off their old servitude. Nafisa Ali had got her head shaved. Sushma Swaraj was going to push her head under the blade for some political challenge. Uma Bharti did it at times to please her deities. If they want to wear their heads shaven, as a symbol of defiance against the well respected and accepted concepts of beauty, they should and must always have their way. Post World War II saw women being oppressed by the beauty industry. Women were subject to what society determined as beautiful.

Exquisite movie stars were curvaceous and charming. A seemingly grand lifestyle was the ideal. Beauty publicists instructed women to follow their ideas and dictates. Marilyn Monroe was the most bleached and made up glamour girl of them. These damsels were pressured to look beautiful at the expense of their health. They were made to believe in the Freudian sophistication, that they could desire no greater destiny then to glory in their own femininity. Experts told them how to catch a man and keep him, how to dress, look, and act more feminine and make marriage more exciting. In 1968, woman protested the idea of themselves as sex objects. In Atlantic City women demonstrated against the 1968 Miss America Pageant. It was the first major action of the current woman’s movement; it was termed as anti-beauty than it truly was.

We Indians feel elated when one of our girls is recognized as a national and international celebrity. Maybe we have every right to do so. However, I would be prouder of an electric performance of Smita Patil, Deepti Naval, Shabana Azmi or Nandita Das than any of my sister or daughter showing off her vital statistics to unknown judges.

I loved Priyanka for her 12 performances. Following her foot steps Bipasha Basu is going to enact 9 different characters. Wow! Best of luck to all women including Bips!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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