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|May 17, 1997||
When Madhuri is shooting with Saif, she
Tabu with Kamal Hasan. Kamal sports those special uplifting shoes. Once taken off ( right) Tabu has to really lean over to make Kamal look even as tall as she is. Click to get the bigger picture.
"Tall is in," authoritatively announces Manish Malhotra, the whiz designer who changed the images of Urmila Matondkar and Karishma Kapoor."I hate flats," he pronounces, "and I give my heroines a good four-inch pair of heels to wear. Karishma has started wearing four-inch heels and she carries them really well. I feel that heels add to the gait, they give grace to your walk."
Actresses like Karishma and Madhuri aren't too tall but they too run into trouble when their heroes are Aamir, Salman or Saif. So when Madhuri is shooting with Saif for Aarzoo, she wears two-inch heels and in the scenes with Akshay Kumar in the same film, she ups the ante to four inches.
Flats on her feet: Pooja Batra intimidated even the tall Anil Kapoor
Shilpa Shetty who is also tall, has an array of flats laid but when shooting for films like Auzaar (one lambi gal caught between two notorious shorties, Sanjay Kapoor and Salman Khan) she simply kicks off her shoes altogether.
And what happens when the heroine is a towering 5'9" like Pooja Batra? Even Anil Kapoor, who's above 5'10" was conscious of being sandwiched between Tabu and Pooja in Virasat. Both girls had to comply with the high heel ban on the sets.
|Changing shoes with heroes: Shilpa Shetty|
The tall heroines are find they can stretch, now that taller actors like Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Sunjay Dutt and others are coming up.
"Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgan also have no hang-ups," says Naresh, the guy behind Masculine, the shop that outfits most heroes today. Dress designers have to take extra care to provide the right footwear to the heroes as well.
Footwear with several inches of padded insoles are a must as are those thick pads that go on the outer soles. One hero who has mastered wearing the right kind of shoes is Aamir Khan. He is, perhaps, the shortest among the best-selling stars of today. Aamir who's under 5'5" never does a barefoot scene and executes almost every scene with his (padded) shoes on. Even his Kolhapuri chappals in a film like Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke were specially made with heels.
|The tallest of the bunch: Sushmita Sen|
A popular story that was told when Dev Anand's Awwal Number was being filmed Aamir's shoes (yup, the one with the two-inch insoles) just to tease the guy. But shooting was held up for hours as Aamir wouldn't budge out of his room until he'd found his shoes and put them on.