While we never expected men to dress better than women at awards functions,thankfully the jacket-over-jeans routine was dispensed with
Sajid Khan,the co-host of the 15th Annual Screen Awards,was pretty forthright with his jokes and opinions throughout the evening – exemplified by his suggestion to Neeraj Pandey,director of A Wednesday,to “go shopping”. To be fair,he had a point since Pandey was dressed in a shirt and plain trousers; Pandey later on acknowledged this while collecting his award for Best Debut Director.
While the men at the awards were never expected to dress better than the women,it was clear that some thought it optional to dress well while being screened live on international television. Perhaps it could be the weather,but in general award shows in Mumbai just aren’t as much of a formal event as those abroad.
To be fair though,most of the top Bollywood actors didn’t disappoint,especially since most opted for the more elegant (but safe) black suit. Zayed Khan,who wore a three-piece Shahab Durazi,was clearly the best dressed man of the night. His subtly embroidered waistcoat added colour to an otherwise formal outfit which appeared as if it were tailored on him.
Farhan Akhtar,sporting a smart pin-striped suit,said “I opted for a traditional black suit (by Saville Row) with black patent leather shoes rather than going for anything garish.” John Abraham (Narendra Kumar) went for a less formal suit with a shirt. Shekhar Suman was one of the few who stuck to tradition,wearing a white bandhgala with a large brooch for added regalia. “My wife Alka normally designs my clothes but this time she chose this outfit by Shantanu and Nikhil for me,” he said. Amar Singh looked like,well,a politician.
Hrithik Roshan was wearing a black suit and was “completely styled by Anaita Shroff”,he said. Well,she should have given us shades and eye-drops to help cope with the neon/lime green shirt. Chunky Pandey didn’t disappoint,though,we always expected him to stand out. “I love black and white both and wanted a daytime look,so I wore black shirt and white coat,” he summed up.
While Akshay Kumar wore a nice basic suit,we wished he would button up his shirt. Arjun Rampal opted for a more boring suit with a plain white shirt and dark grey tie,which wasn’t bad but we expected more from arguably the most beautiful man of the evening.
Thankfully,though,the jacket-over-jeans routine was left to the previous Star Screen Award shows. Overall,safe elegance overcame experimental fashion. Let there be more of it then.