Sheila Ki Jawani à la Tanvi

1:00 AM



This is the latest 'Item Number' to hit the Hindi Movie scene, after Munni Badnaam. Let me explain the concept of 'Item Number' in our movies to my Non-Desi readers...

To begin with, firstly Indian movies are not musicals. Song and dance is simply a format of story telling that we have adopted and now learnt to love [read: can't live without!]. Like Hollywood we too have commercial cinema and Indie movies [which we refer to as Art Cinema]. Most commercial movies have an 'item number' which essentially means a song with peppy beats and easy to grasp lyrics which might not make any sense but they sure feel good to sing along and dance to. More often than not these songs would have provocative dance moves and tongue-in-cheeks lyrics which would be a big 'taboo' in our otherwise conservative society but since its in the form of a peppy-song-number - it'll fly

Anyhoo, I am no moral police in this matter. In fact me and Mr. Fabulous love such songs. We call them Chheechoora Songs [loose translation would be Ghetto songs] and often dance to them and have a party of two at our place. We really do not need anyone else - Just US and some Item Numbers! ;)

So what's that got to do with my outfit? Nothing! I just get inspired to dance in Indian clothes when I hear such songs. I have been doing this since high school but have documented it only once on the blog previously here!  

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69 comments

  1. Oh wow Tanvi. First time I have seen you wearing a saree. Are you a saree person? It suits you. You are looking fabulous- just as the title of your blog says. Is it a Satya Paul Saree? Me like it.

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  2. Oh woowww!! You loo so pretty in the saree! You should wear it more often! I wish I could drape it :(

    And the saree is lovely too!

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  3. love the earings ur wearing Tanvi.And ur first sari pic 2!!

    Cheechoora songs :D

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  4. Love the saree- you look so graceful and still FUN and Jawan :-p

    I loveeee item numbers- instant pick-me-up, spin me around and makes you "whip your hair back and forth...whip your hair back and forth"

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  5. love the saree Tanvi .. thats newspapers print on it right ? .... u look straight out of a bollywood movie :)

    The Girl Who Loves Colorful Clothes

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  6. You look absolutely stunning in that saree/sari.

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  7. Aah u look stunning in the saree. :) I dont even know how to drape one.

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  8. You can beat several Shielas any day....beautiful with a big B.

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  9. You look so stunning in traditional clothes. They suit you so well.
    I love this Black and white sari: it's really pretty. I wish I had a sari now!!

    And your make up came out great in these pictures.

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  10. thats a change from what u wear regularly.... interesting

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  11. I adore this! You look gorgeous, I wish I could wear a sari, I would just look stupid, like that woman who crashed the White House party and now is on Real Housewives of DC! I got your Christmas card, and I LOVE it! I was so touched, I put it on our refrigerator! And just so you know, mine is not in response to yours, I already had you on my list, lol! I just love blogging! XX!

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  12. ohMYGODDDDDDDDDDD. I'm going to ....thud.... [faint]

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  13. :D

    Oh you just look sooooo beautiful! For me, a woman in a sari looks so sensual, so regal... you just look divine honey.

    I describe Indian movies as having music videos scattered amongst the story... I find it odd that prior to being told that, non Indian cinema watchers don't realise that basically... all music videos are like Indian movies!!

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  14. You look sooooooooo pretty in a sari! (DO NOT read it to mean you don't look pretty in the rest of your wardrobe, just that saris bring out so much femininity--it's hard to explain, you know what I mean!)

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  15. nice sari and nice do tanvi.......me loves item numbers too....

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  16. very nice... why have we seen sarees in only bright colors? ur saree is beautiful! n u could well be a bollywood item.

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  17. Wow, wow, WOW! You look amazing. I love the sari. And your figure looks fabulous too!

    Leia

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  18. i love this saree..the puloo is perfect!!! and the whole look...and i heard munni badnam hui in india this time and couldnt beileve the lurics..hehe..mai jhundu baam hui, darling tere liye? hehehe

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  19. i love those earringss!!!
    i did a post on sheela vs munni. check it out if you want : )

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  20. That drape looks lovely on you babe!!! You sure look hotter than Katrina! :)

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  21. Your explanation of Indian cinema is just apt. I mean seriously can you imagine a good peppy without some jhatka matkas. Not that I don't like serious cinema.

    Tanvi, I know this may sound redundant but you look absolutely gorgeous! You are such a natural.

    One question from a dummie ;)

    What kohl do you apply? How do you prevent it from smudging? I love applying kohl but if apply it outside my lower lash line, I look like "dangerous" after an hour, it just smudges so much. Please help if you can!

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  22. WOW, i'm totally blown away by your outfit, i think this is a first Sari on the blog, no?

    You look really gorgeous and i can just see you and the mr. dancing away!

    x.o.x.o

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  23. Gorgeous sari! I'm curious, is this something you would wear just on a normal day, doing average things?

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  24. Babe, you look fabulously amazing!!!, I would so love to see you more in Indian traditional costumes :)

    Love, Hugs & Kisses
    Jemina
    xoxo

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  25. Tsnvi,

    Unfortunately Hindi cinema is losing its artistic touch. Music and lyrics are foundation of Hind movies but with songs like these (as you say cheap songs) make us wonder the direction of Hindi cinema.

    Only saving grace is that we still have good songs and singers like Shreya, Shankar Mahadevan. Also some recent movies e.g. Break ke Baad is good though a total failure at box office. I cannot understand why. May be there is no item number in that movie.

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  26. You are:
    Beautifull...
    Pretty..........
    Amazing..........
    Fabulous..........
    Gorgious...........
    Gracious............
    Stunning.............
    Am lacking adjectives!!!

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  27. you look soo prettyyy :) And these item numbers are a must in our party of two too ;)We call them mast tapori numbers :p

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  28. hey...you look just lovely...wear more of them!

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  29. I was watching Lamhe yesterday, and the back of Sridevi's blouse is just like yours! :D Vague observation- but filmy so had to be written!! I love munni and this one doesn't really move me so much!

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  30. You know I like that you explain the indian/bollywood movies since I always just thought is was song&dance.

    And darling, you look beautiful in your sari!! xx

    http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com/

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  31. Oh my, oh my - you are looking absolutely ethereal in a sari!

    besos,

    Come say Bonjour at:

    20 YORK STREET

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  32. whoa!! this is so unexpected:-) love, love ur sari..and you look so gorgeous and uou have worn the sari so well. You look stunning and can give Sheela a run for a money anytime!!

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  33. Love this Sari on you. I am a bit of a fan of the Sari. Some of those bright coloured sari's that you see are just amazing.

    LOx

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  34. You look fab in sari just like you do in western outfits!

    I love the song sheela ki jawani :D

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  35. wow, you look pretty in a sari :)
    you should wear it now and then...

    I like how great you are with just anything!

    XX

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  36. I'm not a Bollywood (is that an okay expression to use?)connaisseur, but I found the few Indian films I saw really fun and entertaining. And how beautiful do you look in this sari?!

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  37. Taaaaaaanssssss!

    Oh my God! You look DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!

    The third pic is a killer!

    Would definitely love to see u in more...!!

    P.S. regarding the fav looks, you KILL all of them..but since u asked :) my fav are 10 (loove the color and how u carry it off...WOW), 11 (super stylish and simpleeee adorable...I love it) and 16(basic, yet super super cute...love how u have done the hair too)!!

    Love ur vigour babes!

    Mwaah!

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  38. tanvi . you look extremely gorgeous with that saree on ! the blue color compliments your skin very well !
    i love it very much :)

    glisters and blisters

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  39. hey babe great sari .... perhaps the ear ring is bit over the top !!

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  40. ohhhhh its ma favvvv song- n katrina kaif- frik- i think ill turN BI, solely for those curves! ;) as for ya woman, ya're soooo frikiin cute India- do it more often- love the blouse! :D

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  41. n i left comments below :) do check em out :)

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  42. great sari Tanvi and you look lovely! And loved seeing that video with Katrina. Need to hit the gym now :)

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  43. WOW, you look so elegant and beautiful in that sari! Very lovely:)

    xx

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  44. Ahh I love this! I grew up with an Indian girl my whole childhood and I just grew to love the culture. And now I just adore the dancing and the music. This is how I feel about Latin music - I hear a song and I go crazy. I don't need anyone to join me in my dance party :)

    You look amazing. You have such a teeny little body!

    XOXO,
    style activist
    www.styleactivist.blogspot.com

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  45. You look GORGEOUS!! and the sari is soo pretty!! I don't even know how to tie it..lol!!!

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  46. oh my god you look so gorgeous!!

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  47. Yeah! I love those songs too! Though I obviously don't understand a word, my sisters and I like to put on Indian music when we have to clean and shimmy around the house in a way that would probably make you roll your eyes.

    You look very nice in your saree. : D

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  48. Gorgeous. You look absolutely beautiful in that saree, and I love the earrings.

    Thank you for the information about the "item numbers". Being a bit of a cinephile, I've noticed those in movies before, but never knew the reasoning behind them. They are fun though, and always remind me quite a bit of some Serbian music too (which I know is sometimes inspired by other cultures)! lol

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  49. You are one adorable desi girl. Lovely saree and it suits you well.

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  50. You look gorgeous! I absolutely love your saree! And that video is fabulous. Catchy indeed :)

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  51. Wow, very pretty!!!!

    So once I was told that in Indian movies they don't kiss, ever. Is that true?

    Also, I am loving this Modern Indian Music...(Sorry I honestly don't know the difference between Indian, Hindi(a religion?) etc. I should learn more!) BUT I love the music! I haven't heard or watched modern Indian movies ever. Except there was a few years ago...I'll try to think of what it was...

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  52. Oh, and if you want to explain all of the differences I'd love that! lol

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  53. wow this is beautiful. the sari is goregous and so are your earings.
    BTW I'm giving an amazing jeweled cuff away as a Christmas gift. you should enter it. its open to everyone worldwide!:)
    xoxo
    mina

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  54. You wear a sari very well Tanvi-seriously, you look so, so, gorgeous! More saris please! XX

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  55. You look absolutely stunning! Those earrings are amazing!

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  56. loving the saree!! u look beautiful...

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  57. What a gorgeous sari blouse, love love love! Also, Sheila Ki Jawani is quite a good Item Number. I wonder which is going to be the winner of the Two, Munni or this? ((:

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  58. ahaha i love it & sheila of course

    xx
    a.

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  59. I love this song! I danced to this song for my schools bollywood musical. Shelia is kind of amazing!

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    a-toutlemonde.blogspot.com

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  60. haha omg i love it! I finally get this whole Sheila thing now that I've finally watched TMK!

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  61. i love the earrings your wearing...i like the way you have accessorized...

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