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AIFW 2017: Anju Modi Recalls Designing For Bajirao Mastani, Says Challenges Exist When Working On a Period Film

Having been drawn to Indian heritage, Modi wouldn't like to call the designing complicated but accepts that they did face hurdles every now and then while working on Bhansali's magnum opus.

Kriti Tulsiani |

Updated:March 18, 2017, 12:29 PM IST

Designer Anju Modi, who has previously collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for films like Ram Leela and Bajirao Masani, believes that there are certain challenges when it comes to designing for period dramas.

Having been drawn to Indian heritage, Modi wouldn't like to call the designing complicated but accepts that they did face hurdles every now and then while working on Bhansali's magnum opus. "There are challenges to design that is inspired by or rooted in history. Getting access to multiple pieces of antique pieces of textiles was definitely one of the bigger issues we faced, recreating the essence of that time and of the characters (especially Mastani) with very little literature to back it up was another hurdle."

"But then, these are the moments we take some creative liberties and keep the overall idea rooted to the time but build the character and wardrobe based on scripts and situations,"she says while speaking to at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter'17.

deepikabajiraomastani3Image: A still from Bajirao Mastani

The filmmaker's upcoming film Padmavati, based on the 1303 siege of Chittor fort in Rajasthan, has been subjected to various allegations including distortion of facts. The sets were vandalised, first in Jaipur in January and now on early Wednesday in Kohlapur. Over 100 costumes and accessories were burnt to ashes leaving designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula in a fix.

(Also read: Padmavati Row: Designers Still Recuperating From The Attack, Will Continue to Support Sanjay Leela Bhansali)

The ace couturier feels that working with someone as uncompromising as Bhansali has solidiefied her view that a designer's creative expression should be in tandem with a director's vision. "Every artist from the actors, directors to the art director, set designer, costume designer need to not just be on the same page with respect to the vision, but also bring a sense of synergy through their ideas and concept to make the entire filmmaking process collaborative!"

anju-modi-1Image: Yogen Shah

Modi, who showcased her collection titled 'Neelambar' on day 3 of the 4-day fashion extravaganza, likes to call costume design and fashion design two sides of the same coin and believes that it's difficult to compare them. "It is varied perspective to a unified art and form of creativity. The limits to experimentation in both these segments of design are so subjective that it would be difficult to compare."

Her collection, inspired by the cosmic symphony of the night sky, explored the interspersion of fluidity and structural motifs and featured Sakshi Tanwar as the showstopper.

anju-modi-2Image: Yogen Shah

When asked about her inspiration to trace the transformation from sunrise to a sunset, the designer explains that, "The thought with this collection was to bring to foray some of the hidden treasures of our textile heritage, and in that attempt it is an outtake of our rich textile legacy; an endeavour to weave the traditional knowledge and skills of our master craftsmen with threads of modernity while channeling the core tenants of my label - Timeless, Vintage, Handcraft, Organic."

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| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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