Sunny Leone’s Ek Paheli Leela Portrays Rural Women of Rajasthan in Wrong Fashion
With every release, Sunny Leone is looking hotter. She exudes more oomph in Ek Paheli Leela than in her previous films. She has not been so aesthetically styled before as in Ek Paheli Leela. In this Bobby Khan film depicting the story of two different generations with a gap of 300 years between them, she plays two characters: a village belle of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, and a supermodel of Indian origin from Milan in Italy.
Ek Paheli Leela is a complete Bollywood masala dish cooked with all spicy ingredients including revealing fashion but with less salt (acting). Those who thumb up movies on the basis of powerful script and great performance will find the taste a little bland. The itsy-bitsy fashion of Sunny Leone’s supermodel character is no way different from that of her characters in Jism 2, Jackpot and Ragini MMS 2.
What piqued my interest in watching Ek Paheli Leela is the traditional motley-colored fashion of her Rajasthani belle in countryside. Though a departure from the usual urban fashion, her bucolic look is deliberately packaged with skimpy outfits which are as much revealing as what she wears for item numbers and photo shoot. It gives a wrong impression that the rural women of Rajasthan used to wear such itsy-bitsy clothes about 300 years ago.
To woo the (male) audience with the wow of Sunny Leone’s hot properties, designer Rohit Verma designed a new pair of outfits – low-cut sleeveless blouse for the upper part of the body and half loongi-styled attire clothe for the lower part – for her bucolic character before rebirth in the movie. A sort of invention to expose much of her skin, this fashion which her Rajasthani belle is dressed in bears little resemblance to what draped the women of Rajasthan 300 years ago.
A set of three pieces – lehenga, odhni or chunri, and blouse or kanchli – has been draping the rural women of Rajasthan for several centuries. Both married and unmarried women in the rural backwaters of Rajasthan abide by the age-old custom of covering their heads with odhni or chunri (a long piece of cloth), even today. They draw the odhni /chunri over the forehead to veil their faces in public and social gatherings. But, Sunny Leone’s Rajasthani damsel Leela is shown roaming around without any odhni over the head or any veil over the face.
The male characters of the story set in the desert of Rajasthan before rebirth of the protagonist are shown covering the lower part of the body with a knee-length dhoti. In the bygone eras, men were as careful of their dignity as women. Rather, women were more careful of their dignity in public. But, in Ek Paheli Leela, Sunny’s Leela wears a piece of cloth in half-lungi style that falls short of reaching the knee level, in contrast to her male counterparts’ knee-length dressing.
Evidently, the traditional fashion of rural Rajasthan is twisted and distorted to expose the seductress in Sunny Leone and make the pores on her skin exude sensuousness as much as possible. The rural women’s fashion in Rajasthan neither was nor is revealing at all.