cleverly marketed by Fabindia and Anokhi as ready-to-wear. Mercifully, the younger lot of journalists have somewhat abandoned these stores for the more universal appeal of international chains such as Mango and Zara.
While no one is expecting journalists to set fashion trends, itís important for clothes to reflect some level of seriousness, or at least not cause any comment for being wrong for the occasion. Broadcast journalists are generally held up to a higher standard of dressing, but very often, itís still just a couple of notches above student attire. Thick necklaces or dangling earrings are distracting on screen, and with Indian women especially, jewellery seems to wear them rather than the other way around. There is an age for oxidised silver made Tibetan style, and itís not your late30s. What looks cute on a college kid looks juvenile on a senior correspondent.
In Madras Cafe at least, actor Nargis Fakhri (also playing a journalist in a strife-torn area) is dressed right, reflecting how many international female journalists dress today ó in camouflage pants, comfortable boots and casual tank tops. Except the movie is set in the early í90s and she looks straight out of 2013. Whatever the time frame, itís time to bid goodbye to the khaadi-clad reporter on screen at least, if not in real life.