Designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are narrating their 33-year journey in the world of fashion, which often came across Bollywood fashion, on social media. After sharing the details of Shweta Bachchan Nanda’s bridal wardrobe in a now viral series, they chose a lehenga designed for the character of actress Madhuri Dixit Chandramukhi in Devdas of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which was launched in 2002. They described this particular lehenga as ‘A wonder of mirrors. In the publication, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla said it took a team of skilled craftsmen two months to assemble this 10-panel lehenga with a real mirror. Mirrors of various sizes were embedded in the fabric with Zardozi embroidery and the final piece weighed 10 kilos.
“Abu Sandeep visualized Chandramukhi as Meera, a devotee of Lord Krishna. They also saw her dedicated to Devdas and used colors, fabrics and accessories to express the subtleties of the passionate but unsatisfied courtesan,” an excerpt from the publication read. The same ghagra also traveled to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where he was part of the exhibition ‘The Fabric of India’ held in 2015.
If there is a relationship in the film industry that is constant, it is Bollywood and fashion. Every time a movie is released, it will surely bring a trend or two. And most of the time, it has to do with fashion. But although part of this creates trends, some of them become iconic, courtesy of the interesting details of BTS that belong to them.
For example, did you know that the famous red and gold lehenga of Madhuri Dixit de Devdas weighed about 30 kg? Or that Kareena Kapoor Khan adorned more than 130 costumes in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine movie? These and many other similar amazing facts may have made some of Bollywood costumes iconic.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat could have been surrounded by several controversies before and after its launch, but it cannot be denied that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh-starrer presented the most impressive costumes. Designed by the duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula, some of the film’s costumes made headlines. One of them, which Deepika wore on the Jauhar scene, in fact, was so close to the actor that he asked Bhansali for the outfit. Deepika had shared that it has been the most intense, challenging and memorable scene she has ever done and, therefore, decided to ask the filmmaker to be allowed to keep the costume.
In addition to that piece, the only costume that attracted the most attention was the one he wore in Ghoomar’s song in the same movie. According to reports, the set weighed around 30 kg. But that is not all. The jewels of the song were also exquisite. It took more than 200 artisans, 600 days and 400 kg of gold to get the right pieces.
While it is widely reported that the famous garnet of Madhuri Dixit de Devdas weighs about 30 kg, some reports suggest that it was later replaced with a 16 kg lehenga. But what fans know is that most of Madhuri and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan costumes in that movie cost producers about Rs 10-15 lakhs.
According to a media report cured with contributions from Quora, Kareena Kapoor Khan was seen wearing more than 150 dresses in the heroine of Madhur Bhandarkar as director. The actor’s outfits were created by designers from around the world.
Designer Anju Modi, who also worked in Bajirao Mastani with Bhansali, revealed in an interview that she had created about 300 costumes for the film as a whole and six sets for the Rangoli song with Priyanka Chopra. She was quoted as saying: “We had to create up to six changes of the sari for the repetitions. The same goes for the outfits in the war scenes that would need a change due to the heat and dust. I ended up doing the same. Up to 300 outfits for the movie “.
Madhuri Dixit played Chandramukhi in the opulent adaptation of Sanjay Leela Bhansali from the novel Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Shah Rukh Khan played Devdas of the same name, while Aishwarya Rai was chosen as Paro, whom Devdas loved all his life.