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February 17, 2016

Bollywood Style Awards 2016: Veera Kapur for Deepika Padukone

Text by Saumya Sinha

See how these films achieved their true-to-the grain styling. Verve recreates their looks with actor Krystle D’souza

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Veera Kapur for Deepika Padukone

If director Shoojit Sircar made an honestly brilliant film that centred around bowel movements, Veera Kapur injected the right vigour with befitting costumes. Shunning the conventional glamorous route of blockbusters, Piku spurred change by reinventing notions of a heroine’s way of dressing. As a result, everyday fashion, one that was absolutely relatable, took centre stage.

“The best thing about Deepika is that she looks real, and gives a girl-next-door vibe in this film, which makes it very easy to identify with her,” Kapur says. From accessories to make-up, a striking simplicity reigned in the many scenes of Piku. Just like her character, the palazzo pants and mandarin-collared kurta-wearing Padukone made a tremendous impact on viewers. At the same time, it was a delight to see the transition when she ditched the palazzo pants — which silhouetted against her lanky legs — for a red and black silk sari, and minimal jhumkas.

But soon after, one felt an irresistible draw towards her comfort-oozing jumper with the indelible slogan ‘The Journey’ written on it and the ubiquitous denims, both used for the longest period in the film. When she decided to assume her workwear (think bossy) identity, Piku loosely tamed her long hair, traded her T-shirt for a crisp kurta and stole, and lost the uncontrived torpidity, in order to look the part. The various outfits collectively made a case for a trendy make-under.

As a young architect, Padukone’s Piku seemed to be like an Indian counterpart of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Melanie Parker (from One Fine Day). Her wardrobe was a clever mix of Indo-Western with a dash of sexuality and a sprinkle of profuse modernity. “We stuck to the script — it was about a real woman who lives in Delhi, who’s modern yet loves her ethnics, so we got that perfect blend between the two,” adds Kapur. She dished out multiple ensemble options — to make Piku look as convincing as possible — before settling on her final ideas that delivered a spate of kurtas and jumpers.

Piku’s closet, far from being terse and simple in its sartorial language, kept the typical Bengali accent alive with the bindi and a hold-all bag. “With a Bengali director, there was a lot of Bengali influence infused in the details. There is a certain colour palette that he adores…he loves blacks and maroons and we used those hues a lot….” And they seemed to have worked well for Piku, the independent, free thinking, entrepreneur who’s every bit responsible, resilient and reticent.

Well beyond the delights and laughs caused by improbable events throughout the sentimental yet humorous father-daughter movie, the core of the kurta-atop-denim clad Piku created a deep impact and sketched an authentic and honest character. With the styling, Kapur didn’t go all out; she kept it grounded, likeable and appropriate, befitting Padukone’s role. And though the clothes didn’t mean to represent a woman who can change the world, they were most certainly cut out for the woman who changes with the evolving world.

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