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Monday, December 20, 2004

worshipping beauty

The female body is certainly an attractive one. Thanks to the innumerable TV channels, we cannot avoid seeing the fairer of our species involved in games of beach volleyball or in sports events like gymnastics and swimming. We are also treated to visuals of tennis players who have no compunction in showing off their assets.

This is one segment of woman power.

Another more down-to-earth segment of woman power is that wielded by the maa-beti relationships. In India, this flourishes mostly in the cine world.

Suchitra Sen had her Moon Moon, who in turn inducted Raima. Similarly, Aparna Sen paved the way for Konkana. Durga Khote and her daughter Shubha were glittering heroines of the cinema – both Marathi and Hindi. They even acted in a film together – Ardhangini in 1959! Probably a record of sorts. Shobhana Samarth ruled for quite a while with her daughters Nutan and Tanuja – the latter ultimately giving the nod to Kajol, who brought a new breath of fresh air onto the silver screen. Babita’s legacy to the filmdom are Karishma and Kareena while Hema Malini and Dimple Khanna encouraged Esha Deol and Twinkle to join the brigade of daughters following in the footsteps of their mothers.

It is interesting to observe that these daughters did not have to resort to gimmicks of exhibitionism to win over the hearts of those who matter.

Being born into a world of fantasies, they grew up in totally different environments – hence, their entries were on soft feet, without much fanfare. They knew that they had it in them; they had seen their mothers perform. The mothers exerted positive influences that added wind to the sails of their daughters. Whilst some of these daughters made it big, others wait in the sidelines.

In this context, it would not be out of place to mention that the vulgarity that we are exposed to via the electronic and print media is the creation of those who are trying to find toeholds in a highly competitive field. Winner takes it all and, in order to be a winner rather than an also-ran, the hopefuls do not want to leave any stone unturned. As a result, we come across crispy gossips and near erotic music videos. All is fair in love and war – while there is no love lost between the hopefuls, this is certainly a war: the war of supremacy.

A popular saying goes – ‘baap ka beta, sipahi ka ghoda / kuch nehi toh thoda thoda’. Someone should coin an appropriate set of words to describe the relationship between the mother and the daughter.


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