10 movie makeovers that made us go oooh!
For those of us who’ve grown up reading fairy tales, this is the part where the adorable fairy godmother swishes her magic wand, transforming the bedraggled Cinderella into an elegant debutante. While this is the stuff of dreams, movie makeovers are no less dramatic. What magic wands can’t do a pair of killer heels and red lipstick can. Let’s take a look at some desi and videshi Cinderella moments we just can’t get enough of.
In this modern update on Cinderella, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another. Pretty woman Roberts lived the character, and gave us Vivian, a hooker with a heart of gold, whose innocent charm is enough to win over wealthy business tycoon, Edward (Richard Gere). We can always play and replay the part, when she goes back into the “elite” store that turned her down for being trashy, and informs them of the huge mistake they had made, after they fail to recognise the “post makeover” her. Cheers Julia!
What happens when a senatorial candidate happens to fall in love with a miserable waitress, with a “teeny weeny” bit of help from her young son? A match Maid in Manhattan. No matter how much we love the film, our favourite part is still the scene when Marisa makes a spectacular appearance at a dinner party, throwing both Christopher Marshall—and us—off balance and completely mesmerised. We bow to thy beauty!
A brash but adorable American teenager flies to London, to meet her estranged father of 17 years, a prim and proper Brit, running for the Senate. Once we get over Colin Firth as the hot dad, it’s Daphne Reynolds’ transformation that bowled us over. The fun loving teenager switches from shameful brat to beautiful British woman, with all the etiquettes befitting royalty. Nailed it!
What’s strange about a 16 year-old-girl coming to terms with the stunning revelation, that she’s in fact a princess? The klutzy princess has hair like a broom, bushy brows and buck teeth. Add a healthy dose of social awkwardness and you have a perfectly imperfect girl who can barely manage herself, let alone a kingdom. However, we can’t help but cheer, when Queen Clarisse’s (Julie Andrews) royal lessons, and hairdresser Paolo’s efforts bear fruit and the ugly duckling transforms into a swan. You go girl!
We couldn’t help but gasp delightfully when our usually confident and brainy witch arrived at the traditional Yule Ball in a beautiful rose pink gown, her bushy hair tamed in a sleek up do, coy smile playing on her lips. A look which left one of her best friends dazzled, and another one to finally realize that a gorgeous woman lies beneath the brains. Hermione gave us another delightful Cinderella moment in Deathly Hallows, when she makes an appearance in that beautiful red dress, carrying her scars from the battle last night, proudly. Atta girl, Emma!
No matter how much of a love-hate relationship we share with Sonam Kapoor’s Aisha, we can’t help but admire her skills and sense of fashion, when she literally takes over demure Shefali Thakur and turns her into a sexy siren. The whole process is captured wonderfully, and we just watch the transformation with bated breath. Spectacular!
One dimpled smile is all it took for to go from Plain Jane to Lissom Lass. Apparently it had the same effect on two guys as well. But the Cinderella moment here was the part when a truly ecstatic “in love” Naina clad in that happy red dress dances around confessing her feelings to the world. In Rohit’s words, “Laal mere dil ka haal hai, lagta tumpe kamaal hai”. We love!
A moment eight years too late, but still makes us go ooh la la whenever we play and replay it. Anjali Sharma, the college tomboy who played basketball, fought with her best friend, and dressed up in sweats, reappears on screen eight years post college, all gorgeous and draped perfectly in a saree. Rahul, when you dropped your bag in shock, our hearts skipped a beat too. This transfiguration made us—and SRK—go all mushy. Let the breeze blow again!
Deepika surely dazzled us in this coming of age rom-com, when she sizzled in that blue saree. Transforming from a bespectacled, demure medical intern to a confident and gorgeous practising professional, Naina taught us how confidence and independence can make a huge difference to your looks. Thunderous applause and whistles from our side!
Our list would surely remain incomplete, without the mention of Kangana’s character in Queen. A true blue example of how confidence and travel transforms you, albeit in a good way. A scared Rani, jilted at the altar, embarks on her honeymoon alone, and returns a beautiful and confident woman, not shy of wiping the smile off the male chauvinist of an ex-fiancé, with a simple ‘Thank you’. We love you Kangana, for giving us Rani!
By Kadambari Srivastava