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Bollywood designer plans Indian 'Dirty Dancing'

IANS [Thursday, September 16, 2004]

Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra is planning the Hindi cinema version of the epic dance and sex flick "Dirty Dancing" featuring his favorite actresses Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta.

"It will be about young people trying to discover life and who are crazy about dance," Malhotra told IANS on the sidelines of an Absolute Vodka party at New Delhi's current favorite watering hole Olive early Thursday.

"It'll be Dirty Dancing Indian style," grinned Malhotra. The film would also star actors Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor and Amrita Rao and be shot in Punjab.

Released in 1987, "Dirty Dancing" became a cult classic about young sexual awakening and coming-of-age starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

The designer was in the Indian capital for a special party to showcase his new line that would also be worn by international pop band Boney M when they visit the city later this week.

As it usually is with Malhotra, the party was abuzz right from the beginning with whispers that Bollywood star Karisma Kapoor was coming. Kapoor, after her marriage to a city-based businessman last year, shifted base to New Delhi.

But in the end, all anyone one could see was her husband Sunjay smoking a cigarette outside their luxury car with thick darkened panes.

Malhotra quickly popped into the car and popped out. "I told Lolo not to come in," said Malhotra, using Karisma's nickname.

"There's too much of a crowd."

All one could see, in a micro second, was a deep plum dress, the red tinted hair covering her face, a mobile phone peeping out and the gorgeously extravagant diamond on her finger.

There were also whispers of Karisma Kapoor being pregnant. Asked whether he would be making maternity clothes for her, Malhotra smiled mysteriously and said: "Lolo is family and I always make her clothes, so yes, I'll definitely be making maternity clothes for her." 

The yet untitled debut film of Malhotra, Bollywood's most popular designer, is one of the most anticipated projects of the industry, backed as he is by powerful actor friends like Kareena and Preity -- the two top heroines of Bollywood.

Also coming up is a new style show that Malhotra would host on Zoom, a new lifestyle channel. "I am quite excited by Zoom because it's a show that let me be me," said Malhotra, in a red, black geometric design shirt with red inner sleeve and cuff lining and dark trousers.

The title track of this summer's hit flick "Dhoom" swirled amid liquor fumes and naked backs in slinky, shimmer outfits - the sort Malhotra sometimes puts on his actresses on screen - leaned languorously against the whitewashed undulating Mediterranean walls of Olive as the models walked in. 
Malhotra, always unabashedly kitsch, pours in tinsel town dreams into his clothes. The bikini tops have a hint of gold that, one can immediately see, would light up the silver screen especially if the neckline has a sprinkle of glitter.

"This is my style," said the designer. "This is India, I'm never trying to be subtle or monochromatic or any of that.

"I follow styles and trends that originate from the colors of India and India is about color - if you take away color from this country, there's nothing left. That's what my clothes say."

The saris in peach had a short over the shoulder falls and delicate embroidery, while bare-chested men wore slim fit pants and printed shirts.

"I like excess, excess is Indian," said Malhotra.

Box office readying for avantgarde films

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