Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kajal Agarwal for FHM

You've read the drama - FHM India had a Kajal Agarwal on the cover. Kajal claimed it wasn't her; FHM says it was and they have the raw images to prove it.

ETA: Well, I've been scolded by a professional photographer who says these aren't them. These must just be the "normal" lad mag fashion images. TOTALLY my misunderstanding. (Sorry!!)

BUT it still raises some questions - why did Kajal pose for FHM in the first place, even if not topless? She must have known the type of thing they would have her do, which is always pretty skanky, even if not topless per se. And the mystery of the photoshopped topless cover will remain a mystery... who is telling the truth? (Besides me, of course...)


A couple more pics under the cut... It's a typical lad mag spread but Kajal gives it a little oomph.


The Britney Spears Rolling Stone
cover pose...


AND HOW TINY IS THAT WAIST?! OH MY GOD!

11 comments:

pixel pitz said...

Not to be on her side about the first photo but the other photos have been mad photoshopped. And poorly too. Particularly the tiny waist in the purple top. Look at how weird it is! Also her arms in the topless picture look alien. Particularly where the bottom of the wrist meets her rib area.

Filmi Girl said...

Huh... It's typical lad mag stuff... I didn't even register it. :/

Filmi Girl said...

And I'm not on anybody's side... but lying over something like this is silly. For either side. It's just a photoshoot - nobody died!

Moimeme said...

Whether Kajal lied or not is no longer the issue. The editor of FHM first issued a statement that no photoshopping was used and that the photos were taken as they appeared and that they would release the "raw photos" of Kajal soon to prove their point. Fair enough. Now they have released those so-called "raw" photos, which are all of apes in the jungle. With this act, FHM loses all credibility or pretense to respectability. Of course, anyone who knows what kind of magazine it is would not expect any respectful treatment of women. I only wonder why Indians think so highly of this magazine (just because it is foreign?) and why even top Bollywood actresses pose for it.

Filmi Girl said...

Or maybe I misunderstood which photos I found...? Very possible since I came across these quite late. In which case, TOTALLY my bad.

BUT to your second point.

Of course, anyone who knows what kind of magazine it is would not expect any respectful treatment of women. I only wonder why Indians think so highly of this magazine (just because it is foreign?) and why even top Bollywood actresses pose for it.

YES! I don't know... I hate this kind of lad mag. Maybe it's the same impulse for the media to lionize the "bikini body" for actresses? Bikini Body + FHM = Hollywood?

Moimeme said...

Re photos: As a matter of fact, the first photo you posted is actually the second one that FHM released, to prove that their cover photo was not artificially manipulated. It is not the actual cover photo. I actually thought their initial statement from the editor was quite dignified. And it's true these ape photos were published on their Facebook page, not released to the media at large. But it's still a "joke" in pretty poor taste.

On your second point, I think people in India have a very confused idea on what "Hollywood" films are supposed to be like. I think your equation is not quite correct/complete. It seems to be more like:

near naked women + "bold scenes" + swear words = Hollywood

which is actually a very poor comment on the quality of Hollywood films, if they stopped to think about it! :)

Filmi Girl said...

Okay, so the moral of this story is that I need to check with you on the "rawness" of photos before I make assumptions! LESSON LEARNED, madam! :D

And I'm not sure if most people in India care about what a Hollywood film is - I think it's the media pushing this idea of "Hollywood" being modern and slick and really cutting-edge. And if bikini bodies and "bold scenes" are slick and cutting-edge, then certain producers insist on having those, too.

The whole thing is kind of twisted.

Moimeme said...

LOL, I recently started visiting Pinkvilla, where they seem to revel in these types of controversies & general gossip. Otherwise I'm totally clueless on what's going on. So please don't rely on me!

By "people in India" I meant the media, not the general populace. But even the general population thinks this is what all Hollywood films are like, plus visual effects. They can't seem to get the idea that "Hollywood" produces all kinds of films.

Filmi Girl said...

@Moimeme Oh, sorry! That first comment was for Mo. ;))) EARLY HERE! Ha ha ha!

These controversies are kind of silly... I guess FHM is the real winner with lots of press for their photoshoot?

But even the general population thinks this is what all Hollywood films are like, plus visual effects. They can't seem to get the idea that "Hollywood" produces all kinds of films.

Yeah... and that Hollywood can rip off films from other places (Japan and France and Korea) and that Hollywood is FULL of terrible scripts and actors who can't act.

It's annoying to see "Hollywood" used as shorthand for professional and modern, especially when I live here and see the kinds of trash that comes out.

Mette said...

Ahm... that last picture looks VERY photoshopped! No one with (normal) hips like that has a waist like that - except she wears a corset in her free time... who knows. Otherwise, I don't get the whole tension about this...

TimePass said...

Moimeme, i'm Indian and i don't think Indian people equate Hollywood with near naked women + "bold scenes" + swear words. Neither the media nor the general public. As Filmi girl said, we probly do equate Hollywood with "professional". My Indian friends and i are aware of, watch and like / dislike all sorts of Hollywood fare to varying degrees. Animation, rom-com, satire, action, drama, suspense, period, 'hatke' (all sorts of art-house stuff)... the whole gamut. And i'm pretty sure this is true of at least most of the urban populace. Perhaps some of the rural populace / ultra-conservative urban populace still equates Hollywood with near naked women + "bold scenes" + swear words. And i'll concede the larger part of India is still rural. However, with more and more people moving to cities these days and TV exposure and all that, that number is dwindling. As far as the media is concerned, i see two types of reviewers / journalists: those that have true passion for cinema and those that (happily or unhappily) try to obtain wider exposure to cinema in order to keep their jobs. And i don't think either lot equate Hollywood with near naked women + "bold scenes" + swear words.

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl