Loving her curves

Loving her curves

Loving her curves
Never judge an actor by her on-screen persona. Especially if the actor in question is Tisca Chopra.

Acclaimed for her acting prowess in movies like Taare Zameen Par, Firaaq,
Qissa and Rahasya, the 41-year-old seems like an unlikely candidate for a television show like Style and the city. But there she is in the third season, with the “bare dare shoot” (as she calls it).

“It was an image-breaking thing to do. There was more body,” says the grand-niece of the late writer Khushwant Singh. Given that Anaita Shroff Adajania was styling her, the end result, she believes, was as beautiful as the experience. More than anything else, it was liberating to be able to show off her curves.

“You know, it’s not like I wear earthy organic saris in my personal life. I’m a trendy dresser,” insists the actor, who has done “some trashy movies in the mid-90s, before getting into the arty zone.”

Comfort first

While it’s great to be a style diva, Tisca is a big fan of comfort. “I’m very comfortable in pants. I love androgynous fashion,” she says. So, men’s suits are an all-time favourite. And so are the many beauties by Anamika Khanna.

When you meet somebody, the actor avers, sight is usually the first sense to be engaged. So, it’s good to dress well and make an impression. Besides, it’s a mood lifter. Step into something comfortable and sexy, and you are sure to feel good!

Age appropriate

This one’s tricky. Tisca is unsure whether age needs to be an important criterion when it comes to clothes. “Sure, age affects your body. But then, people today are more fitness conscious…Perhaps, age-appropriate dressing works to some extent,” she concedes. While a lot of women post-40 tend to get conservative with their fashion choices, Tisca maintains she is getting a lot more adventurous now than she was about ten years ago. “Back then, I just blindly followed fashion,” she confides.

A yoga enthusiast, the actor says that it’s no longer about being thin or petite, but aspiring to be fit. Today, she works towards feeling strong. Because what’s the point of beauty without health?

No, thanks

It’s extremely rare to spot the Acting Smart author wear chunky jewellery or accessories. And it has as much to do with her style mantra – simple, classic, chic – as it does with her sensitive pair of ears and neck. “I’ll put my poor ears and neck through the torture only if it’s worth the pain,” she reasons.

While life has taught her never to say never, Tisca feels quite certain that at no time will she be really wowed by the leggings craze or the idea of matching eye-shadow with one’s outfit.

For you, ladiesWhy do women dress up? Of course, for other women! “While men may appreciate the overall look, they are not into the details. They won’t notice that little chain at the back of the shoe,” contends the actor. More often than not, there’s this sisterhood of the stylish lasses. Mutual admiration and healthy criticism make it work wonders, admits Tisca from personal experience. There are many occasions, though, when unrestrained bitchiness can spoil the party!

Style tips

“Get a pair of comfortable killer heels,” insists Tisca. Tell her that sounds like an oxymoron and she insists that it is possible to find the right footwear with heels that you can walk comfortably in. Heels, the lady maintains, lend certain sensuality to your walk.

Next, get a bra fitting done. “Most Indian women wear the wrong bra size. The right size can make a world of difference,” she claims. This is not a one-time thing. You need to get a fitting done frequently as the body changes regularly.  And finally, treat yourself to a French manicure. Tisca vouches for its endorphin-inducing effect. Not to forget, the stylish finesse.
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