They chose her for her small ankles and her lovely movement. It had been a long way to come to win the role of Princess Beloved in the new musical film “Bombay Bling” But for little Rajdulari it had been well worth the effort.
Back home in the jungle of the south everyone had laughed at her when she said she wanted to go north to Mumbai to be in the movies.
“Oh little silly,” her mother said when they were washing down at the river. “You can not be a movie star. You are too little and you have rough skin. They do not like girls like you from the country in Bollywood. For goodness sake!” Her aunts who were close by giggled and stamped in unison.
Her brothers were much meaner to her. “Bollywood, Ha!” Gourab trumpeted. “You are ugly and you can not sing or dance like the pretty girls in the movies.”
“I can too sing! And I can learn to dance.” Rajdulari protested.
“Maybe you can learn dance like a monkey. But what about that nose? Not long enough, and your eyes! Ha, they are too far apart. And those tiny ankles will not support you for long.” Said the eldest of the brother’s Chandramohan. “No stop day dreaming stupid girl.”
“They have make-up in the movies. They can paint you pretty.”
The brother’s laughed so hard the ground shook.
“Stop this at once!” The sound of his voice was enough to send the birds above them who were watching from the jungle canopy aloft in fluttering feathered terror. From behind a Jacaranda tree Gajendra appeared in all his great splendor.
The brothers lowered their heads as they always did when their grandfather approached. He glowered at them. Then with one swift movement he plucked a fragrant purple blossom from the Jacaranda tree and gently placed it behind Rajdulari’s ear.
“You are beautiful little princess. The others are too blind to see.”
Rajdulari looked up into his brown eyes and smiled. “I know they are blind!”
Gajendra laughed. “We will go to Mumbai together and show them all.
Now months later on the first day of shooting her very first movie little Rajdulari stood very still while the dressers bedecked her with garlands of flowers and the makeup man painted her pretty.
“You have perfect skin and the most beautiful eyes.” The makeup man said. “Wide set eyes photograph best you know.”
When Rajdulari stepped on to the set for “Bombay Bling” her grandfather was watching from the sidelines. He saw at once that she was the most beautiful Elephant in all of India.
Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations is bright and young and full of glittering pizzazz. It has a personality that is big, charismatic and cinematic. It is all about being in the joy of the moment. One glorious over the top musical number after another rolls out from the bottle as you spay it on. It is a big bold Bollywood star of a perfume.
The opening is frenetic and brightly colored blending of Labdanum, succulent Mango, cardamom, litchi, caraway seeds and black currant. Sweet is the theme here and the litchi and mango mixed with the black current create an effect that verges on the pink spun sugar of cotton candy. Not my favorite scent at all but thankfully short lived.
With the fireworks out of the way we now enter the heart of the perfume. The garden of unearthly delights in fact for here we have a beautiful Jasmine full of dark twilight richness blooming on a warm night in Mumbai. Not to be outdone by this favorite white of the perfume world the air is enriched by a stunning gardenia with support from tuberose, ylang-ylang, a rocking rose and saffron like silky frangipani. Yes it is stunning, the kind of exquisiteness you find in women who grew into great swan like beauty from a pond of full of ducks.
The dry down carried echoes of the jasmine and gardenia as more earthbound notes of woods, patchouli, tobacco and cedar move up the keep them company. Here the scent is becomes one with the skin and lingers in lovely wafts of memory and light. Sandalwood and vanilla flicker in and out like shadows on a wall on a late afternoon in the tropics.
I was very impressed with Bombay Bling for the very fact that it is a sweet perfume that manages to move past the sugar and find its heart in the most beautiful arrangements of floral notes. It sings and entices us to explore the wonders of the gorgeous complex music and stunning intricate dance that lives in the heart of India.
BOMBAY BLING ~ FIVE GOLD STARS *****
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