This week's Open Magazine column by Rajeev Masand .
The year 2012 will go down as one in which the most number of fading Hindi film heroines attempting comebacks. Barring one legendary female star who successfully returned to the screen in a sweet comedy 15 years after she slipped into hibernation, at least three younger actresses made embarrassing and utterly forgettable attempts to regain a foothold in Bollywood.
And at least two more ladies are in queue. But no one appears more desperate than this diminutive has-been star, who has had hoardings of herself modelling a new brand of sunglasses plastered across Mumbai. Having posed for a photo-session after squeezing herself into too-tight clothes—including one hoarding on which she appears to be bursting out of a swimsuit three sizes too small for her—the lady has proudly declared that her ‘new look’ has won her many admirers.
Unlikely that many of those admirers are filmwallahs, who have reportedly been sniggering at parties about those ‘tasteless’ pictures. The wife of one male star who has worked with the actress allegedly joked that it is not the actress who needs sunglasses, but unfortunate pedestrians who have been blinded by the sight of those hoardings who may need protection for their eyes. Tsk, tsk…
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