Manish Malhotra has been styling actresses in Bollywood for over 25 years and has been part of the movie trade on the entire for the final 30 years. From informal outfits, western put on, fashionable athleisure, conventional put on and a number of the most iconic sarees, Manish Malhotra’s design and sensibilities have stayed etched in our minds.
In an interview with movie critic Rajeev Masand, Rangeela director Ram Gopal Varma spoke about asking Manish Malhotra to design Urmila Matondkar’s costumes when he couldn’t join veteran designer Neeta Lulla for the movie resulting from a date downside. The remainder as they are saying is historical past as every part Urmila Matondkar was seen in within the movie — from skater attire, to lehengas, sarees and extra — turned part of Bollywood style’s wonderful historical past 25 years in the past.
Chatting with HT in a video interview for The Vogue Marriage ceremony Present 2019, Manish Malhotra spoke concerning the affect of movies the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, when the flower energy tradition had taken over. Despite the fact that this diminished within the ‘80s, it was Manish Malhotra’s love for movies that gave him the conviction to fill the hole by which he would possibly have the ability to make a reputation for himself as nicely.
“Styling is what I launched within the movies — as a result of in these days heroines had brief haircut for a western gown and the subsequent factor we’ve is lengthy hair as a result of it was an Indian gown. So I led to all these adjustments and that’s how it began,” says Manish on his Bollywood Vogue journey.
Rangeela, that launched on September eight, 1995, starring Urmila Matondkar, Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff in key roles was the primary movie to start a Filmfare award for costumes.
Right here’s a have a look at a number of the most iconic Manish Malhotra seems from Bollywood style:
Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela: The movie accomplished 25 years yesterday and even now, Urmila Matondkar’s fashion – from co-ords, skater attire, to the outsized shirts, high-waist denims and berets proceed to be one of the vital talked about factors of this movie.
Trying again, the designer shared a montage of assorted seems from the movie on his Instagram account and stated: “… the mesmerising magnificence, breaking barrier glamour of @urmilamatondkarofficial .. and her styled seems within the movie redefining fashion of costumes in indian cinema .. #Rangeela is a really particular movie to me and a movie that for the primary time launched Styling with costume design .. Ramuji , Urmila and I all three of us passionate and with having lengthy discussions , fittings and all of the onerous work resulted into .. #urmilamatondkars look which was revolutionary and redefining and @filmfare enforced for the primary time the A dressing up Design Award .. The trendsetting spectacle of Urmila has made not solely set the tone however will keep within the individuals’s hearts endlessly.”
Urmila Matondkar’s grunge look in Daud a couple of years later too added to the entire appeal of the character she portrayed, additionally styled by Manish Malhotra.
– Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (DDLJ): Simran, Kajol’s character in DDLJ was a no-rule-breaker-ever girl-next-door who finally rebels for her love. Beginning with easy Chikankari kurtas and Bandhani dupattas, we noticed the actor in fascinating attire and lengthy skirts with slits. It was the colorful Georgettes within the Swiss Alps for a track sequence that takes the cake.
With the discharge of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, director Karan Johar and designer Manish Malhotra launched a number of worldwide manufacturers within the Indian market with an enormous give attention to sportswear, athleisure and extra. Kajol’s transformation from a tomboy to a beautiful diva in sarees too is one thing that Malhotra is credited with.
Kareena Kapoor as Poo in K3G: Kareena Kapoor’s miniskirts, bralets, backless tops and even lehengas proceed to be etched in our minds immediately. Her extensively widespread introduction scene and the crimson search for a track within the movie are a number of the most-sought-after ones.
In an interview with Pinkvilla lately, Manish Malhotra talked about how the inspiration for Kareena Kapoor’s seems as Poo got here from Hollywood outings comparable to Legally Blonde and Clueless.
This was adopted by Kareena Kapoor taking part in the bubbling Geet in Jab We Met, the place the tee-shirt with salwar look turned one of the vital iconic seems of hers. “Director Imtiaz Ali needed Geet to be a small-town lady however a daring character. The movie led to whole India carrying salwar with tee-shirts, kurtis with denim jackets and extra,” Manish tells Pinkvilla.
Rani Mukerji in Hum Tum: The movie that spans the lives of the protagonists over a interval of some years, additionally noticed transformational seems on the actors, when it comes to style selections, coiffure and extra. Within the latter half of the movie, Rani Mukerji was seen carrying skivis, turtlenecks, and extra with lengthy skirts with slits, paired with boots. Within the elements shot in India, she can be seen in sarees that may simply be emulated for festive style years later within the current day.
Priyanka Chopra in Anjaana Anjaani: PeeCee’s lehenga with denim jacket and sports activities sneakers look within the movie’s climax implies a runaway bride, however the fashion has since change into so widespread that it’s one thing seen in Indian weddings the place brides would possibly need to get out of the extra conventional heavy dupatta look and swap it with fashionable jackets and sneakers as an alternative earlier than they hit the dance flooring and luxuriate in their marriage ceremony capabilities to the fullest.
Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: The electrical blue saree with a gotapatti border is likely one of the most iconic seems of Deepika’s from this movie, and likewise options on one of many movie’s posters. It was completely different due to the bralet worn as a shirt, together with the saree.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: The lengthy kurtas with denims and boots got here to be referred to as the ‘Alizeh look’ after Anushka Sharma wore them by the course of the movie, nevertheless, it was her whole bridal look within the movie that made our hearts skip a beat for the intricacies in the whole look and the way ethereal Anushka seemed within the scene.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, alternatively, by no means ceases to impress. Her overcoats, calf-length boots and the signature crimson lipstick are one of the vital memorable seems of hers from this movie, stated to be a ‘comeback’ movie of kinds for Ash.
Having launched his model in 2005 and several other flagship shops across the nation, Malhotra is unstoppable and we are able to’t wait to see what he introduces subsequent. In 2019, various actresses wore the sequin Manish Malhotra saree that the designer launched in a wide range of colors. His final movie outing was Mrunal Thakur’s bridal outfits for the Netflix anthology, Ghost Tales in late 2019. He’s now stated to be designing for Sara Ali Khan’s Atrangi Re.