Driving us Madhu

Madhu Shalini, twenty-three, grew up in Hyderabad and made several Telugu and Tamil films before being tapped last year for a Bollywood feature, Department, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. In Department, Shalini appears in various degrees of undress — the local ratings authority granted it an Adults Only certification — but she’s sort of demure here.

Madhu Shalini on promo tour for Department

Shalini, while not exactly plain, is certainly plain-spoken. Consider this 2008 interchange, while she was still doing Telugu films:

One would argue that most actresses in Tollywood look alike. Do you feel the same?

That’s because they all do! With all due respect to them, most directors still prefer a fair-skinned girl to a dusky one. They go to Bombay to scout for actresses. Everywhere else I get compliments for my dusky tone while here it’s the other way round. You always want what you don’t have.

Which is a concept you don’t have to be from India to understand, either.


  1. Tatyana »

    23 April 2013 · 6:48 am

    Slightly tangenial:
    speaking generally, the current fashion for squarish-front shoes on platform is so not flattering. The shape makes the most perfect feet look like hoofs.

  2. CGHill »

    23 April 2013 · 7:32 am

    I’m not enormously fond of these blunt fronts, but I’d rather deal with them than with very sharp points good only for assaulting your dance partner or stabbing vermin in room corners.

  3. McGehee »

    23 April 2013 · 8:32 am

    She is “dusky?” To me (with admittedly somewhat of a California perspective) that looks like a very slight tan.

  4. Tatyana »

    23 April 2013 · 8:38 am

    True, pointy shoes are even worse – but I was not suggesting pointy shoes as a better shape; two bad things might be bad simultaneously, by different reasons.
    The blunt fronts would not be so bad if they were not emphasized by platform which make them squarish and bulky, suggesting that toes inside are thicker than they are – like hooves.

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