The actual awards list went up earlier, but we all know that doesn’t matter nearly as much as what people wore! Not even joking, in terms of people tuning in for the show, it’s all about who showed up and how big they went. And in terms of how seriously people are taking the awards, and their careers in Hindi film, it is also about how big they went (remember in 2016 Priyanka didn’t even come?)
Kajol looks great. And this is also the perfect look for her rumored new movie with Ajay. It’s classy and elegant, she is clearly taking this evening seriously. But it isn’t “big”, not even a lot of jewelry. She isn’t trying to become the most buzzed about actress there, she doesn’t need that. She just wants to remind us that she is alive and around and working, not trying to sell the biggest film of the year.
Parineeti, she IS trying to sell herself! She is young and hungry and wants her next films to do well and producers to think of her and sign her to films after that. This is a great dress for that, makes her look amazing, is impossible to ignore, but is also kind of “safe”. She is a nice reliable actress you can count on, not big and splashy and problematic.
Shahid, he is in the biggest film of the year. Or at least, the film that was going to be the biggest but now probably won’t be. And so he is going a little big. Needs people to be talking about him, needs to have a solid popularity of his own separate from how this film does. A white suit is a good option, not so crazy he can’t pull it off, but memorable.
Vidya in a sari is just right. She’s got nothing to prove, she probably new the award was in the bag for her this year, and her last movie proved her as once again the best actress in the industry. The sari tells us that she is respectable and serious and cares about looking nice at this event, but she is also in the “married” phase of her career, no longer running around in sexy little evening gowns, beyond that now.
Diana Penty is not beyond running around in evening gowns. It’s a nice dress and she pulls it off well. You need a certain confidence for this kind of outfit, and she has it. It’s the same as Parineeti’s gown, makes sure we notice and talk about her, but isn’t so incredibly out there that a producer wouldn’t want to work with her.
Preity!!!! So happy she is back. Great dress on her. Another one of those “notice me but notice I don’t go too far” dresses. But with a different meaning than the younger actresses. Preity is past the era when producers might look to her to lead their next film. She is looking for TV hosting gigs, and more invitations to events like this. Proving she can show up and turn heads and get clicks.
Aha! Alia! The first true top of the game star!!!!! And therefore, a totally insane outfit. She is a known quantity, producers know her and the audience know her, she has nothing to prove. She just has to get us talking and make sure she gets her part of the headlines and stays at the top.
Ranveer, also at the top of his game. His clothes have always been part of his selling point, he makes sure everyone looks at him always, “Ranveer Singh” became known for his crazy hijinks and clothes before his performances. And he is keeping that up, reminding us that he is famous in his own right even if Padmavat flops.
Sonam, also always more famous for her clothes than her performances. Last year she arrived at the FilmFare awards knowing there was a good chance she would win, and if she didn’t, that she would still be talked about for NOT winning. This year, she has a couple films to promote and no hope of winning. So it’s all about the crazy outfit, get people saying “Sonam Sonam Sonam” and hope that turns into “Padman Padman Padman Veere Di Wedding”
Neha was there as part of the Tumhari Sulu team. But that isn’t her main “job”, her main job now is being a celebrity, hosting her radio show. So she shows up, looks pretty in yellow, but isn’t working to hard. Like Kajol and Vidya, she is firmly beyond the struggling point of her career, she wants to look good but isn’t going to sweat to much about it.
Well, this is ridiculous! India’s new Miss World, Manushi Chhillar. Film is one of hte most reliable post-pageant careers, so I guess she is making an early bid for that by showing up here. But wearing the crown? Really? And also, that dress is somehow both boring and ugly, and doesn’t fit her right, and she doesn’t know how to sell it. If I were a film producer, I would look at this and it would actually make me LESS likely to hire her than if she had just stayed home. Someone who doesn’t seem really put together.
Sunny does look put together. It’s the perfect outfit for her, professionally, sparkly and fun and noticeable, but also needs a great deal of confidence to pull off. Reminds us what makes her special. However, I also think it is not as flattering as it could be, just as a dress she is wearing I think she could have done better. But as a career move, perfect.
Nope, this is no good. Kind of a boring dress, the youthful white and the secy cut are a bad fit. Athiya is boring, isn’t selling it to us. It feels like she is there because she has to be, but isn’t taking any joy or interest in it. I wouldn’t hire her for anything based on this, it doesn’t feel like she wants it enough.
Sonali is awesome!!!! Definitely in the same zone as Preity or Neha or Kajol. She doesn’t need the notice any more, but it’s nice to have, and when she wants to, she can go out and get us all talking.
Oh Tanisha!!!! I worry about you. This feels like a desperate cry for attention. Especially in a year when the rest of your family is riding high, your mother is in a nominated movie and your older sister is preparing for yet another comeback. And here you are, trying to get people to notice you in this poorly fitting and badly designed thing. It’s not even like Miss World or Alia where the cry for attention has a clear career purpose. There is no way Tanisha’s career is ever coming back, this feels like she just wants attention for the sake of attention.
And here’s Shahrukh. Who doesn’t really care, but can still look good even without caring. It’s a nice black suit. Not an interesting black suit, like he does sometimes, with fancy lapels or a different cut, but just a nice black suit. However, Shahrukh knows how to wear a nice black suit, and every suit in his closet is perfect, so he can roll out of bed and throw this on and show up looking good. But also like he doesn’t care. It makes me continue thinking that he is taking a moment to consider his career right now. He is still showing up for FilmFare, but he isn’t bothering to make an effort, isn’t sure if it is still something he really wants, this kind of attention.
Karan always wants this kind of attention. This is what I mean by a memorable black suit. If Shahrukh had worn a jacket like this, subtle spangles on it, that would tell us he wants to be talked about and thought about a special outfit. Karan clearly thought about his outfit. And it’s GREAT! The sparkly jacket is just slightly too much in a perfectly Karan way. But what really impresses me is the bow tie which is slightly larger than usual in a way you don’t consciously notice, but which makes the whole outfit pop.
Oh Dia! What happened? You always look so good! You are still selling this dress, but this dress is awful. Oh, and she is definitely in the “married” phase, she doesn’t need to show up for this things, but she likes to.
And Rekha!!! This is just no good at all. It’s like some sort of deconstructed sari will all the good bits left off. It fits oddly around the bust, and makes her arms look skinny in contrast, and just generally her proportions appear unpleasing.
Oh Madhuri! Also would look better in a sari, always, but this is a very nice dress. With her hourglass figure, big skirt and tiny waist is always good. And of course Dr. Nene is also always good, smiling on her arm. Reminding us that she is still MADHURI, but has chosen to be a wife and mother instead because she was just a little too good for us all to appreciate.
Now this is really intresting! Rakul Preet at the Hindi filmfares. Terrible dress and hair and just generally not good, but she is there! Making a clear sign that she is going to try to claw her way into the Hindi market even if she doesn’t have a clear plan for it yet. This whole look feels very last minute and thrown together, maybe a decision made just after she was confirmed for the Ajay and Tabu film.
Saiyami! Don’t know if this will work, but it’s a good move. Mirzya was a disaster so she is essentially starting over from scratch. And here she is in a gorgeous dress, perfectly put together, hoping to be noticed by someone. Goes along with the other story going around, that she is training for a marathon. Which isn’t much of a story, but gets us talking. She’s really got nothing left to lose at this point, anything to get people thinking of her when casting.
Rajkummar, you please me. This is a nice safe look. He is taking this show seriously, he isn’t just showing up in something wacky to get attention, or showing up in something that he just threw on. And bringing his wife with him, that’s an extra sign of seriousness. He wants to put on a good face, to introduce himself to the mainstream industry and open up a little, show that he truly wants them to like him. I am getting vibes of the first time you are invited to a work event at your new company. Oh, and his wife looks really sweet.
Now this is the wacky company cut up! Invited for the first time, having fun, but doesn’t much care what you think of him. Manav Kaul did a brilliant job in Tumhari Sulu, and I’ve been told similarly wonderful in Mukti Bhavan. But this outfit tells me he doesn’t want to go mainstream, he is here to have fun and be noticed, but he isn’t interviewing for the job of superstar.
Jackie’s just nuts. That’s what I am getting here. Looks kind, sharp suit and all that, but sunglasses? Yeah, he doesn’t care. He’s got nothing to prove, he’s the boss’s wacky brother-in-law who will always have a job.
Konkona’s face looks great, but that necklace is insane. She’s also going much smaller than she would have if she were nominated for an acting award. She is there to get the credential on her resume, not to try to sell herself as a personality. But mostly I included this picture because NECKLACE.
And the power couple! The Tiwaris. Both dressed very nicely, but again not showy. They want to show that they respect these awards, and the industry as a whole, but they don’t want to be too out there. It’s the director/older couple version of Rajkummar and his wife. Which makes sense since these are also a couple coming into the industry sidewise, needing to say “no, we don’t think we are better than you, we want to be like you”.
Pritam doesn’t care. He’s on top, he’s been on top for ages. Not in a personal celebrity driven way, but through his actual career credentials. Doesn’t matter what he wears, he is still winning awards tonight and he knows it.
Oh, and I guess besides the career jockeying message, we can also talk about the clothes themselves.
Best dressed for me:
Worst dressed for me: