Air-brush­ing: how much is too much?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditi Caroli and Arpita Kala aditi. caroli@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

For long, mag­a­zine cov­ers have been in the eye of the storm for air-brushed pic­tures, and Vogue In­dia’s latest cover has sparked the de­bate yet again. The cover, fea­tur­ing ac­tor Rani Muk­erji, has run into con­tro­versy as ne­ti­zens feel the ac­tor looks far more per­fect in the pic­ture than she does in real life.

The ‘age­less’ cover, as the pub­li­ca­tion calls it, drew flak as soon as it hit the stands, with many say­ing that Rani, a nat­u­ral beauty, doesn’t need pho­to­shop to trans­form into some­one else. Other ac­tors who’ve fea­tured on cov­ers agree that too much pho­toedit­ing spoils the shoot. “Are we say­ing only slim is per­fect? Ku­dos to Huma Qureshi for do­ing the cover about em­brac­ing your body. We must stop chas­ing af­ter the per­fect body,” says Richa Chadha.

Ac­tor Chi­trangda Singh, who has been a vic­tim of pho­to­shop her­self, says it’s heart­en­ing that dras­tic pho­to­shop­ping is draw­ing flak: “I’ve had peo­ple ask­ing me if I’ve gone un­der the knife be­cause I don’t look like my­self on a cover. When I see dras­ti­cally al­tered pic­tures of my­self, I feel I don’t need this, I don’t want stronger jaw­lines. Ac­tors and ed­i­tors must take a strong stand on be­ing real.”

Agrees ac­tor Shilpa Shetty, who has graced many cov­ers. “While it’s jus­ti­fied to re­move in­jury marks or a bra strap show­ing, some­times the face or body of the celeb is dig­i­tally al­tered to an ex­tent that they change be­yond recog­ni­tion. That’s too much,” she says. While the pub­li­ca­tion’s fash­ion di­rec­tor Anaita Shroff Ada­ja­nia says “there’s no con­tro­versy”, editor Priya Tanna wasn’t avail­able for com­ment. Rani, who is trav­el­ling, also couldn’t be reached.

Some­times the face or body of the celeb is dig­i­tally al­tered to an ex­tent that they change be­yond recog­ni­tion. That’s too much

Shilpa Shetty, ac­tor I’ve had peo­ple ask­ing me if I have gone un­der the knife be­cause I don’t look like my­self on a mag­a­zine cover

Chi­trangda Singh, ac­tor

Beauty stan­dards must be re­al­is­tic. Be com­fort­able be­ing who you are with­out chas­ing the per­fect body

Richa Chadha, ac­tor

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