I am amazed at the unparalled influence movies have on women of Chennai who have gone all out to switching over to the traditional ‘half saree’ which was once considered ‘prudish’ by those who claimed to be stylish. I would wear it to college in early sixties and my class mates comprising teen agers from Bengal, Bihar and some south Indians as well who donned the ubiquities salwar kamiz would show their blatant disapproval! Nevertheless I stuck to it until I completed my P.U.C.and switched over to a saree while pursuing my degree(the half saree was a bridge between a full skirt and a saree, similar to P.U.C. and the degree course).
Now after decades with the arrival of the movie ‘Chennai Express’, the old fashioned half saree which made the wearer appear the odd one out has come back with a bang. Probably the sari would lag behind in the present infectious scenario! Thanks to Deepika Padukone who carries it off like the manner born.
n.meera raghavendra rao