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‘Fashion is inaccessible’

Soha Ali Khan might not really be known as a fashionista, but she sure does make a statement. ‘I wouldn’t say I am not fashion savvy, but being a public figure it sure is important what you wear,’ the actor told Millennium Post ahead of the launch of her TV show What not to wear — India with designer Aki Narula.

Soha confesses that living in foreign countries did influence her. ‘My style was more of a high street fashion then, and I was always trying to fit in and wanted to dress like everyone. I  often bought things aping someone else and in doing so I never understood the need to understand my own, [sense of style],’ added Soha.

The actor said that initially, she was apprehensive about doing a TV, but decided to give it a shot since it is about celebrating and giving oneself a chance to let go off inhibitions.

Did she ever commit any fashion faux pas? ‘My first film. At that time I didn’t notice it, but now I know exactly what not to wear and how not to do my hair and all that,’ she said.

But Soha does make a distinction between style and fashion.  

‘Fashion is something inaccesible, often to do with models, while style is a reflection of our own personality and how we wear them in our attire. Everyone maynot be fashionable but they sure can be stylish,’ said Soha.

Pyjamas, she says, define her completely. ‘Pyjamas are the most comfortable to wear,’ said Soha. The actor feels that fashion is an important factor for both men and women. ‘I think Indian men need to, said Soha.

Soha, though, is all praise for her brother Saif Ali Khan’s sense of style and doesn’t want to change anything about it. ‘My brother knows too much about fashion, and he can get away with wearing anything and still look good,’ she declared.

The actor has no plans to get married now and says that she is ‘still a child at heart and marriage to me is about growing up’.

After not faring too well in Bollywood, Soha is now open to regional movies and is open to doing Bengali movies with strong female-oriented scripts. ‘It is not always the success of the movie that matters, it is rather that satisfaction of doing a good movie that makes a difference,’ she said.  In her next, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 2, Soha plays a very different role. ‘My  role is less bold than Mahie Gill’s and she pretends to be more of a victim. The character has shades of grey,’ signed off Soha.
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