When the glitterati of Bollywood grace an event, all eyes, especially those of social media netizens, scan their every move. This time, at the OTT India Fest, the fashion choices of Malaika Arora and Tamannaah Bhatia took center stage, for reasons both predictable and bewildering.
Malaika Arora, a fashion icon known for her daring sartorial picks, turned heads with a blue sheer gown. However, not all the buzz was positive. A section of the online community quickly branded her attire as not “age-appropriate,” stirring a debate on the so-called rules of fashion that one must adhere to as they age.
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The OTT India Fest, a star-studded gala graced by bigwigs like Sushmita Sen, Richa Chadha, Karan Johar, and Varun Dhawan, reverberated with this debate’s echoes, further amplified by similar comments on Tamannaah’s choice of a see-through outfit.
It’s not Tamannaah’s first tryst with fashion critique. Earlier in the year, her airport ensemble had garnered flak, drawing comparisons with Urfi Javed, another actress frequently under the scanner for her bold style choices. Critics even jestingly called Tamannaah “Urfi Javed’s sister” owing to the similarity in their fashion sensibilities.
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) October 20, 2023
These incidents cast a spotlight on a recurring theme: the incessant need for social media denizens to voice opinions on female actors’ lives and choices. The real question is, in a world where self-expression and individualism are celebrated, why are some still insistent on dictating terms for others?