Posted on November 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Bollywood What's Happenin'

Barbie gets a desi twist.

If you’re  a girl, you most likely played with a Barbie when you were younger.  Back then I’m sure you never envisioned a Bollywood Barbie Doll, did you?  However, such a doll has just been made!

Mattel India, revealed it’s one-of-a-kind Barbie doll made in Bollywood hottie, Katrina Kaif’s, likeness.  This makes Kaif the first Bollywood icon to be represented as Barbie doll.   In 9167, supermodel Twiggy was the first celebrity to be immortalized as a Barbie.  Since then, other celebrities have joined this exclusive list: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Goldie Hawn, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Andrews, Kim Clijsters and Shakira (among others).

Katrina Kaif is the perfect pick as an Indian Barbie since she has epitomized style, class, and femininity.  In 1999, Kaif had walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week in their “Barbie Doll’d Up” show, which was held to celebrate Barbie’s 50th Birthday.  The doll reflects Kaif’s signature style and glamor.  The design is the brainchild of designer Nishka Lulla, whom Kaif wore at the Fashion show (see left).

Speaking at the unveiling, Karun Gera, Commercial Director of Mattel Toys India said, “Barbie’s birthday celebrations continue with the unveiling of the first-ever Barbie Doll in likeness of a Bollywood Superstar – Katrina Kaif.  For Barbie, the talented Katrina Kaif was an obvious choice as she represents a true youth and fashion icon, a trend setter with an amazingly gifted personality. As the quintessence of grace and beauty, she would definitely be the people’s choice to model the iconic Barbie® doll. The Katrina Kaif Barbie perfectly captures the spirit of freedom, creativity and style that is a hallmark of both Katrina and Barbie’s personalities. We are happy to present the doll here today to Katrina Kaif.”  Quite a sweet speech he gave, huh?

The doll is one of two that will be released in Katrina’s likeness.  The next one is to be released in 2011 for Barbie’s Birthday Celebration.  An overjoyed Kaif remarked, “As a child, like all young girls I too have grown up with Barbie. She has been a friend and I have shared many experiences with her. Barbie is the ultimate fashion icon and is the most popular doll in the world! She has captured my imagination for many years and now when I get an opportunity to be a part of Barbie’s heritage – I am enchanted, deeply honoured and humbled as I today join the ranks of iconic women who represent Barbie’s aspirational values. I am extremely grateful to Mattel for presenting me my very own Barbie doll. I hope that my young fans are equally thrilled with this doll”.

No Katrina doll would be complete without a pink skirt!  Isn’t it quite reminiscent of her outfit from “Tere Ore” (Singh is King)?  Personally, I think the skirt would’ve been better in just one color, rather than the addition of the multi-color frills at the bottom.  To top off the whole outfit, and completely capture Katrina’s princess persona, the designers added a tiara  and beauty sash.  I wasn’t big into Barbie’s when I was younger, but I can definitely foresee the popularity of this new doll.  What do you think, readers, will you buy it?