Kareena Kapoor in Tashan (I know it is not a bikini, but close enough!)

Hi MissMalini Peeps,

We all know Katrina Kaif is starring in Dhoom3, one of the most awaited movies in 2012.  However, the main stories I’ve read in the press about the movie are about whether or not she’ll wear a bikini.  Seriously, why is Bollywood so obsessed with actresses donning bikinis, especially in Yash Raj Films?

Esha Deol in a bikini
Esha Deol

The YRF-bikini mania began with the first Dhoom, when Esha Deol donned a two piece for the film.  Up next on the bikini bandwagon, Kareena Kapoor in Tashan and that launched the (very unfortunate) size zero trend. I believe Amisha Patel also wore one in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, and more recently Anuskha Sharma in Badmaash Company and Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl.

Anushka Sharma in a bikini
Anushka Sharma

What ever happened to having a good story as a selling feature?  There have been profitable Yash Raj Films which didn’t feature any swimming attire. Look at Band Baaja Baaraat, no bikinis, but it still was a hit. Films like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi were also hits, and didn’t feature any bikinis.

Amisha Patel in a bikini
Amisha Patel

But my question, is why? I mean, I get that Dhoom was a hit and maybe the studios wanted to cash in on the bikini trend, but looks at the other movies in the above paragraph, all flops! Not only that, I think the bikini doesn’t even suit some of those actresses, I mean, Kareena Kapoor looks much better now when she isn’t a “size 0”.

So MissMalini readers, do you think this unnecessary trend is here to stay?