Fantastic Females

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the unofficial Google doodle

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - the Unofficial Google doodle

I was in school when she first mesmerised us all with those emerald eyes and over two decades later, those eyes still have the same enthralling effect. On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s this is the obvious unofficial Google doodle that I could conjure.

Ad from 1979: Look, that’s Rekha with a Lakme face

Apart from a few Lakme ads an the Lux ads, that is almost mandatory for any Bollywood actress of note to feature in, I haven’t seen the enigmatic Rekha in many other advertisements. Though I am quite sure, that given her popularity she would’ve appeared in a atleast a few more. At her peak in [Read more]

Watch: Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (and a Lux ad)

A 1973 31-minute documentary from Merchant Ivory Productions, directed and narrated by Anthony Korner on Bollywood greatest ‘item girl’ ever. It’s Helen’s 72nd birthday today. But before you head on to the video, a vintage Lux advertisement featuring Helen. YouTube playlist: Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls Madhu Nair points out that the YouTube videos [Read more]

Zeenat Aman is the classic Indian dark-haired beauty in 1970 Air India ad

“Memories of dark-haired beauties,” is what a traveller to India will bring back, promises a 1970 advertisement for Air India. “Long after you leave India, India will still be with you,” says the tag line. And that dark-haired beauty modelling for the ad is none other than Zeenat Aman (I did an image overlay check [Read more]

Boom (2003): A treasure trove of celebrity childhood photos

कीचड़ में ही कमल खिलते हैं (Kichad mein hi kamal khilte hain) Out of the mud, the lovely lotus blooms Not too many would’ve seen Kaizad Gustad’s 2003 debacle, Boom, apart from the Katrina Kaif scene with Gulshan Grover (the saucier kissing scene with Gulshan Grover was edited out). For Katrina, Boom was her Bollywood [Read more]

20-Year-Old Lisa Ray Wrapped in a Bombay Dyeing Towel

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Lisa Ray, one of the prettiest faces around, was a teenage crush (I had a number of them). Easily the hottest import from Canada to land on Indian shores, the desert damsel from Afreen Afreen (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Javed Akhtar) fluttered many a heart (including mine). Those emerald eyes are still mesmerising. And [Read more]

Lisa Ray in Bombay Dyeing Vivaldi Ad

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Quite a long while ago when I had initiated (and now reviving) the Fantastic Females series on this blog, the name Lisa Ray was on the top of the list of all the fantastic females that I wanted to feature. While a comprehensive post on Lisa Ray will take quite some effort to put together, [Read more]