Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri
Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri

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No Bollywood or other celebrity of India figured on the Vanity Fair magazine’s just released prestigious “2009 International Best-Dressed List”.

Out of the eleven (from total 53) showbiz personalities which appear on this list, six are American, and one each of British, French, Spanish, Russian, and Italian-American. People of only ten countries, out of total about 195 countries of the world, show up on the list.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has criticized the list for unevenness. So this “best dressed list” appears to be telling us that we in about 185 countries representing about 90 percent of the world population, including the continents of Asia and Africa and most populated countries like China and India, do not know how to comb our hair or how to tie a half Windsor knot with a dimple on the necktie or our wardrobes are not chic or we lack sense of style, Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, argues.

Showbiz celebrities which appear on the list include Oscar nominated American actor-producer Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Oscar winner Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (Volver), BAFTA nominated British actor-producer Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Oscar winner American actress-producer Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Oscar nominated French actress-model Catherine Deneuve (Indochine), Oscar nominated American actress Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), American musician-actress Alicia Keys (The Secret Life of Bees), American actress-television personality Kelly Ripa (The Stand-In), Oscar nominated American filmmaker-photographer Bruce Weber (Let’s Get Lost), Russian actress-model Natalia Vodianova (Probka), Italian-American director-cinematographer-writer Chiara Clemente (Three Worlds).

Besides showbiz people, this 70th annual List has politicians, wives of politicians, royalty, fashion professionals, jewelry designers, writers, banker, artist, financier, professional bullfighter, etc., including US President Barack Obama. Launched in 1913 and published from New York, Vanity Fair claims readership of 6,107,000. India reportedly makes about ten times the number of movies as compared to Hollywood.