Anyone who has seen the first trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati will agree that the three central characters, played by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, look absolutely stunning. From Deepika's heavy jewellery and exquisite costumes as Rani Padmini to Ranveer's Turkish-inspired robes and kohl-rimmed eyes as Alauddin Khilji to Shahid Kapoor's traditional Rajput look, the look of the film is spectacular. Designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula worked on Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid's costumes and told news agency IANS: "Working in tandem with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's vision, we immersed ourselves in the history of that particular period during the initial sessions in which he took us through the script and the characterisations. It is an extremely challenging task to envision and design garments."
Here's a detailed account of the challenging task set by Padmavati designer Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Rimple and Harpreet Narula.
"You would find many Sri Lankan influences in Padmavati's attire," Harpreet told IANS.
A source close to the film also told mid-day that Deepika used minimal make-up for her role. "We did thorough research on Rani Padmini - from the kind of outfits she wore to her makeup. Women back then used natural ingredients to enhance their beauty. Mr Bhansali was certain that he wanted to retain the authenticity. So, Deepika used very little makeup for her role. It would take her 30 minutes to get ready."
"For Shahid's costumes everything from the clothing styles prevalent in the 14th century to the weather of Chittor was kept in mind," Harpreet told mid-day.
"We wanted to create a look of an antagonist that would align with Bhansali's vision," Rimple told mid-day.
The designers also revealed that they've used several antiques from their personal collection in Padmavati. "We would often collect old fabrics, or buy antiques like brooch or pins from flea markets. We've used these trinkets in Padmavati," they told mid-day.
Rimple and Harpreet Narula earlier collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on films such as Bajirao Mastani, Ram Leela and Saawariya.