Thursday, July 12, 2007

Indian Idol 3: Mini's style and Hussain's straining suits

Coco Chanel, the marvelous French fashion designer of the 60s and 70s once said about dressing up that you should take one thing off before leaving the house. I've grown up in a Parsi family in India and no one seems to understand this better than Parsi women. Sure, some of those who walked around Mumbai in baby frocks back in the day should have been given traffic tickets. But for the most part, when it came to dressing up, Parsi women do it lightly and look fabulous.


And I mention this because Mini Mathur - the splendid host of Indian Idol 3 - reminds me of this philosophy. She always seems to know exactly how much glitter to put on her game face. If she dresses subtly, she accessorizes richly. If she has a glittery dress on, she tones down everything else. Compare this to say Sarika Singh on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 who once showed up in an outfit with enough going on to give the entire color spectrum an inferiority complex (this seems to be a common malaise on that show as a reader recently pointed out).

Which brings me to her co-host Hussain Khuwajirwala - who I find to be immensely energetic, likable and complementary to Mini. More often than not he combines excellent colors on his suits but its the shiny ones he wears that are a bit problematic. I haven't seen Hussain in full-on Salman Khan mode but clearly he is ripped. And those bulging biceps crinkle up his suit and distract the heck out of me.

Its not envy - really. It's just that I can't bear to watch a man with a suit that looks to have shrunk on him. God alone knows what would happen if a tall contestant came on the show and caused Hussain to really stretch on a high-five.

12 comments:

Mind Rush said...

Aspi, Love your attention to detail! Indian Idol should hire you as style consultant. And how about some comments re: Udit's attire?

Anonymous said...

Between saregamapa and indian idol the latter seems to have a whole lot class and better production.. sarega always seems like a poor cousin is it because of the money these guys get??

*~mad munky~* said...

hmm...srgmp does look like a high school talent competition in comparison....

S said...

Aspi... What an excellent observation about Mini's style, hats off!!

Anonymous said...

Sarika is a contestant while the other is a host, to compare how they dress is asinine as a host ussually has stylists and such. Also, this is a singing competition and it that respect Indian Idol cannot hold a straw to the talent on Saregamapa.

Aspi said...

Anon, you'll constantly see vignettes of the contestants being prepped by the stylists on SRGMP so they get the benefit of them as well. They get a budget for clothes, they are allowed to pick their style and look and the stylists help them.

Ultimately your fashion choices dictate how you look on that show. No one dresses up from home and comes to sing.

You're absolutely right about the difference in singing talent on both shows.

Nandita said...

I think Mini dresses so stylishly I love her clothes Infact the two of her outfits that she work "Black with Gold" & Red with Bronze" by far the best outfit. I want to know where can get those myself.

Anonymous said...

Mini looked absolutely gorgeous in her red outfit in August 4th II3 episode. She really does know how to dress.

Cannot blame Chang for Chaatoing Mini on the Roobaroo episode ...

Chalo, Deepali nahin to Mini hi sahin.

Just kidding ...

Aspi said...

What?! Chang chatoed Mini? I missed that episode, dammit!

Rupal said...

Aspi, Roobaroo episode (8/2)...

Chang is one smart cookie.

Rupal said...

Aspi, Roobaroo episode (8/2)...

Chang is one smart cookie.

Aspi said...

Ok, I'm watching it tonight!