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Iraj, Decolletage Le Magnifique

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they’re like, it’s better than yours,
Damn right, it’s better than yours,
I can teach you, but I have to charge

[Kelis – Milkshake]
I remember a time when tennis stars and Lollywood movie actresses used to be shown in DAWN and JANG regularly with their thighs and cleavages blacked-out by editors. They would neatly and diligently dress them up, from their necks down to their heels in black sherwani and pajamas. Sometimes an editor would get fancy and make a little string of black pearls adorning a beautiful neck. I grew up thinking that’s how these gals chose to dress up in the morning. In black Sharpee and DOLLAR ink.

It was during these oppressive and suffocating times that models like Iraj and Vinnie threw down the gauntlet and chose modeling as a profession. At a time when the word “model” was seen synonymous with ‘slut’ and ‘tramp’ among the moral majority. Young models today, owe a lot to these pioneer women. These trailblazers who took the heat from all corners of society in the beginning, so that today any farigh pretty face can casually go and become a model, without the Khudai Faujdars chasing her with sticks and with the tacit support of the state.

Iraj is an Amazon class model. She has been on the scene for decades now. Her early portfolios feature a gorgeous face and a svelte figure. While that may be on the wane, what she still retains and does better than anybody else, is communicate. She doesn’t meander onto the runway and get back in, like most. She gets into a role and acts it out on the runway as the whole world watches. She will flutter her lashes, swivel her hips, wink at the camera and work the crowd on every outing, as if she was one of those Fan Girls from the 1930s. Farrah Fawcett (may she rest in peace) defined acting as, “Standing naked on a stage and turning…. slowly”. Which means, to act well is to be fearless, and Iraj certainly fits the bill.

Following are caps from a recent runway shoot she did. Btw, have any of you ever had honey-glazed, Hickory-smoked beef ?. Well, it’s dark, rich, velvety soft with a light smokey aroma that melts in your mouth, like butter. Once you start, it’s hard to hold yourself back. I don’t know, I just started getting flashbacks of it. Strange, huh ?.

The dress clearly does not allow for a bra, or any such restraint. Her tits are on their own and they are simply amazing for her age… actually for any age. There are no stretch marks, no sign of droop-age. Instead, the tits exhibit a firmness and buoyancy, especially around the edges (which are the first to let go), that any teen would be proud to have. There is no hint of plastic surgery here. It’s all real and it is le magnifique.

Sadly, the same cannot be said about her ass, which according to my research, has always been flat. Which just means she hasn’t lost any ground there either. But then you can’t have everything. A lot of prettier models have followed Iraj, but few possess the charm and charisma of this great, who is still going strong.

Following is the video of the same event. Don’t be too hard on the rewind button.

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So finally, you get to see what the big deal was about this long-awaited flick (it was released back in 2004). Please keep in mind that she chose to star under a pseudonym, for obvious reasons, and that’s why we are not going to go out of our way to make trouble for her. She might have broken a few taboos in her native land, but by any western standards, this is still fairly tame stuff.

This movie is not an off-shoot of the American Pie series. It is a serious movie, which addresses important social issues confronting the desi expat community. The customs and values that desis bring from home and the dynamics and dysfunctions of raising a family in the west. How old culture comes up against, and tries to work, or fumble through, the new social challenges and dilemmas of our time. Issues like drug use, drinking, arranged marriages, premarital sex, kids out of wedlock, single-motherhood, etc. Stuff that we, down here, are not too keen to acknowledge (all this happens over there), much less confront.

The subject matter of the movie necessitated the modest use of intimate situations shown here. In that, it’s no different than Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji On The Beach. The act(s) of kissing here, involve open mouths and some serious and sustained tongue action. It’s not the pursed lips variety practiced by William Powell & Co. Here, one can fairly stipulate the swapping of spit. Yes, this will be shocking to some, but kissing is now slowly creeping into Bollywood movies and has become less of a taboo, today, than it used to be in the past.

Still, one cannot escape the fact that no Muslim/Pakistani/girl has broken this many taboos since Anita Ayub crossed the eastern border to bare herself in a string of little outfits. That, was her 15 minutes of fame.

Even the fashionably much maligned Meera got a boatload of bad press for her Bollywood movie Nazar with Ashmit Patel, which had her hugging a Hindu. Imagine if she had stuck out her tongue and cleaned his tonsils for him ?.

You will likely go through feelings of outrage, titillation and/or education. I don’t think Jay Kazim had any illusions while making this movie that this would not follow her back to Pakistan. As far as her acting is concerned, seeing how it was her first film outing, she should be proud of her performance. While not Oscar-worthy, it’s still better than most of the stuff that gets put out there these days.

So without much ado, here’s the video. It’s dubbed in German, so those of you who spreken de deutsch will enjoy it doubly. The rest of us will just have to follow the action.

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