Though it includes just one dialogue, the teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic love story featuring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra as Peshwa Baji Rao, Mastani and Kashibai, has been the talk of the town for some time now. And fashion designer Anju Modi has been roped in to design the costumes of the film, after having worked with Bhansali earlier in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
Anju Modi had to undertake intensive research for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Magnum Opus.
As a designer who has always turned to traditional Indian crafts for inspiration, for getting the look of Bajirao Mastani right, Modi undertook intensive research. She said, "I studied history, went into the interiors and visited museums to get a sense of what used to be there. I have always been following the heritage and the traditional craft of our country and designing for the film was another reason for me to go deeper. It gave me a chance to bring out elements from the Maharashtrian culture, be it Bajirao's dhotis or Kashibai's navvaris. That was a delight!"
After working with Bhansali on 2013's blockbuster, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Modi took on the task of creating the looks of the characters of his latest offering with an authentic approach, even in terms of jewellery. "Cheap jewellery is something you can easily make out and I didn't want the movie to be compromised because of jewellery, so we designed the expensive pieces according to the characters. We used the best material including real Basra pearls, antique stones and uncut diamonds, because it's a period movie, set against a royal backdrop. I took on the best jewellery designers in the country like PN Gadgil from Pune and Shri Hari Jewellers from Delhi for the task," she told us.
The jewellery was crafted using real Basra pearls, antique stones and uncut diamonds.
For a designer whose creations in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela became such a rage, seeping down to Sarojini Nagar, Delhi's fashion street, she revealed the trends her latest outing can be expected to set. "We say, "Who is wearing the pants in the family?" That will change to, "Who is wearing the dhoti in the family?" It will set a trend for navvari saree draped beautifully like a dhoti. It's going to be a unisex garment, popular among both men and women. Mastani's shararas, angrakhas, dupattas and veils will also be highly sought after."
Mastani aka Deepika Padukone is going to bring angrakhas back in trend.
There's an outfit in the teaser seen on Mastani aka Deepika Padukone that we already have a crush on. Explaining the garment, she said, "It's actually a five layered outfit starting with an angrakha jacket, a woven leheriya dupatta, sharara, inner kurti and other elements." Does that make it five crushes then?
Isn't everything created by the designer mostly crush-worthy, especially the latest collection available in her new store? Showing off a garment, she was personally proud of designing, she explained the idea behind Seeking Paradise, seen on the runway during Lakme Fashion Week, 2014. "Here's something am proud of, these florals that give you the feel of Nishat Garden, Kashmir. For my collection Seeking Paradise, I juxtaposed Alice in Wonderland with the thought expressed in Seeking Paradise.
Alice is also following her heart, going where she likes, making friends with unknown characters. It's all about feeling the emotion of Alice and expressing your emotions when you are thinking of heaven or paradise. What will that be like? By God's grace I let that all come out on paper, on the garments and then you guys."
Designed according to Vaastu which she sees as an intuitive science, in shades of her favourite indigo blue and ash grey, Anju Modi's store should be on your must visit list.