Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika costume designer spills the beans
Designer Neeta Lulla, who has been dominating B-Town's fashion scene since the last three decades, is ready to showcase her next 'project'. She has designed the costume for Bollywood's 'Queen' Kangana Ranaut in her forthcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Neeta spilled the beans on queen Manikarnika's look in an exclusive chat with Mail Today.
The designer revealed that Kangana will flaunt four different looks in the movie, which depicts the life of the fearless Jhansi queen of the early 19th century. "One look has vintage shades, where we used khadi; one has got very pretty pastels, which is a very romantic look; one is a very fierce, dark dual tone look and the fourth is a pristine, white look," divulged the designer.
While talking about her inspiration behind creating the queen of Jhansi's look, Neeta said, "I had the script and the vision of the director in terms of portraying the character. Most importantly, I kept in mind what kind of a person the Rani of Jhansi was. She was a fierce character and fought with so many men. Her thought process was so developed. I used that as an inspiration. Last but not the least, the person who was playing the character, was very important for me as the designer."
Neeta has designed outfits for actors like Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the past. Expressing her opinion about working with Kangana, she said, "For me Kangana fits the bill perfectly. She has that outlook to life, she is a person who has a very strong aura. That was a major inspiration behind my characterisation of Manikarnika."
When quizzed about the colour palette for the summer season, the designer suggested vintage shades of plum, peaches, coppers and ivory. She added, "For those who prefer brighter colours, they can go for shades like yellow or hot pink." This also being the wedding season, Neeta shared her thoughts on her idea of the summer bride.
The designer expressed, "There are two things that I would like my summer bride to use. In today's times, there are very diverse thought processes for a bride. Either they are going for very stylised or heavily embroidered or they're choosing to be very simple. I would suggest my summer bride to try khadi. There are so many different options that you can try with khadi for example with Benarasi weaves or with Paithani. One can also go for regular embroidery, mirror work or Lucknow Chikan. Sequin and crystal work would be well in keeping with the summer trend."
Neeta Lulla recently inaugurated her flagship store in DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj. This indeed is an exciting development for fashion patrons in the store in the capital? "As they say, 'der aye durust aye'. I was looking for a space in DLF itself for almost two years. I was not being able to get it. When this space got empty and they managed to give it to me, I immediately took the opportunity and started it," replied the designer. She plans to open a store in Hyderabad next.
On the work front, the designer, who had created Aishwarya Rai's gorgeous 'Jodha' look, which bagged her the National Award, and Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjodaro costume, is again collaborating with director Ashutosh Gowariker. This time she will be creating the costumes for his upcoming period drama Panipat, which stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in key roles.