Reviewed for SHE Magazine / Feb 2013
Reviewed by Afrah Jamal
Author: Kareena Kapoor with Rochelle Pinto
Retrofitted with a pink and white colour scheme, a confidential tone and helpful sign posts at every turn, this handy looking manual deploys its personal style philosophy to survive fashion-ville. At the helm of this split-screen guide to style haven is fashion columnist Rochelle Pinto and film actress Kareena Kapoor.
This a movie icon’s journey to ‘Size Zero’ land and beyond, where her public and private personas converge to host a confessional and a fashion manifest under a single stylish roof. Here she can present reminiscences about friends, family and beloved stylists, play the shaman, draw up plans to prevent (wo)mankind from committing any more faux pas; and show off her collection of pet designers.
‘I am not an extremist, except when it comes to shoes’ she declares marching off into the glitzy realm of fame, fortune, fitness and fashion where few can follow. Her association with fitness guru & nutritionist to the stars - Rujuta Diwekar helps her slip into the role of a mentor with ease. Liberally sprinkled with anecdotes from the film industry and snippets from her private life, the advice is framed against an attractive looking background of pretty pictures, luxury brands and life lessons.
Redundancy can seep in at times. Because she worked with Rujuta Diwekar to achieve her famed look, there are portions that are derivative of Diwekar’s ‘Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha’, mixed up with backstage footage of fantasy lifestyles and caviar dreams.
The occasional bout of irreverence tries to keep this bulky endeavour that holds all her style secrets, upright. As she documents numerous fashion crimes and impales the offenders for breaking sacred commandments, the narrative keeps expanding to accommodate the essentials of good living.
Sum Up: This lightweight paean to fashion renews the lustre on a diva’s greatest (style) hits collection and rummages determinedly through all those closets for the perfect makeover.
‘The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva’ is available in stores now.
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