The Fashionable Detective
word itself triggers an adrenaline rush through our veins. The moment we
confront activities related to Crime Investigation we become attentive, watchful,
and aware. People flock around television sets when the famous B.P Singh’s CID
or Subramanian S. Iyer’s Crime Patrol are featured in Indian Entertainment
Channels. Even today, the craze among the youths and the elderly for the above
detective shows is as lively as before. These detective series have a default
way of solving the case. Let’s take the example of CID. It begins with a small
introduction of the background, the murder, summon of CID, investigation of the
case and finally the resolution. The famous ACP Pradyuman and Daaya’s
incredible way to break the doors always capture our attention. The plot always
built around fear, thrill, suspense, anxiety, tragedy and intelligence however
the creative aspect is squarely ignored. However, have we ever given a thought
on connecting detective stories with some of the creative segments? Sounds weird,
right? How many of us believe that detective stories can be creative, colourful,
inspire fashion and still be most interesting? I know this must have increased
your curiosity however allow me to demystify now. I am talking about a new web
series which is undoubtedly a detective one but I better call it as a fashion
detective series. I am sure you are going to love the series and hence I am
here with the main actor to know more about her personal self, her challenges
and her convictions.
A fashion blogger, an
actor and a writer best describes my guest, Lianne Texeira. Personally, she is
an easy-going, a horror film addict, an avid reader and an exceptional cook.
She chose acting as her career and got into Whistling Woods International,
Mumbai. This is when the concept of “Alisha”, her first web series evolved in
her mind. During her academic years, she kicked off writing the episodes of her
web series and ended up being its writer, creator and actor of the show. Being
a film and a fashion buff, she beautifully integrated the two antithetical
concepts of detective and fashion in her most trending web series named
Lianne always wanted
to work in Mumbai but she misses the US too. Three years ago from now, she
started her fashion blog, Mermaids Wear Mascara, worked on few
fashion films and wrote several articles too. Her idea was to commit to social
media trends and keep the audience engaged. She suggested that being a blogger
one should listen to one’s inner voice that sets you apart from the rest.
Texeira’s sense of
fashion is highly influenced by her mother. She started showing up her interest
towards fashion since childhood. The web series is an extension of her stylish personality.
Initially, she thought of putting her written episodes on her blog however destiny
took her to somewhere better, in fact the best. Her script was accepted by the
Indian Media Company “The Culture Machine” and she didn’t look back.
The series is directed
by Akansha Seda and it took almost three days to shoot a 20 minute episode.
This is aired online on Culture Machine’s lifestyle channel, Blush.The character “Alisha”
resembles Lianne’s own self being a connoisseur in fashion. The uniqueness of
the series is the perfect blend of fashion segment with investigation. This
fact made the web series famous among the young crowd.
Alisha is a strong observant. She observes
almost everything from the dark eyed kajal till the tip-toed heels. She is
young, an U.S. return and tries to get her feet on in the City of Dreams,
Mumbai. During the course of finding a job, she discovers herself being a
sleuth. She loves her new career as every page untangles a new mystery
providing us a new moral.
She shared the screen
with one of her best friends Sarah Hashmi. She had an amazing experience with
her. Sarah played the role of Tanny, the sidekick in this series. Tanny helps
her friend, Alisha in revealing the truth and unleashing justice. “It was fun.
She’s a close friend and we have a blast whether it’s on or off camera, says
For the interests of
the sponsors, the makeup and costumes had to be girly and pretty which was one
of the challenges. Lianne remarked that she would have gone all out grunge and
rock and roll if she would have done the styling. In addition to these, keeping
the essence of her stories while transcribing on screen proved challenging.
According to Texeira,
Fashion is subjective and she doesn’t take it too seriously. But, she loves to
take certain risks with style which is a kind of adventure. She mentioned that Gauri
& Nainika, Masaba and Manish Arora are her favourite designers. However, she
is a high street junkie and discloses that online shopping is her biggest weakness.
If you haven’t watched
“Alisha” then it’s the perfect time to treat yourself with the fun. Catch the
duo in their new avatar. But, remember do
not step out without kajal, Alisha must be watching you!