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October 20, 2011

In her mother’s sari

Text by Sohini Datta. Photograph by Manmeet Bhatti and Kaustav Saikia. Make-up and Hair by Elton Fernandez for Lillete and Ira Dubey, Meghna Butani for Neeta and Nishka Lulla, Aniruddha Chakladar for Moon Moon and Raima Sen

Three young fashionistas step into their mother’s wedding ensembles and play bride for a day….

Lillete and Ira Dubey

Lillete Dubey: Theatrical Performer

Famous For:  Baghban, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Fanaa, Monsoon Wedding and the popular play, Dance Like a Man.

Founder of the Theatre Action Group in Delhi.

Wedding Date: September 12, 1978.

On Her Wedding Outfit: Her sari was a simple Benarasi in tomato red, with gold buttas all over and a gold border. “My wedding was so much like Monsoon Wedding. It was at home, in the garden. It was surreal to step out of my bedroom and find my verandah and garden lit-up and filled with guests…the same verandah where we had sipped numerous cups of chai so many afternoons before.”

Ira Dubey: Edgy Style Princess

Famous For: Aisha (2010).

Co-hosting the TV show Chicks on Flicks which used to be aired on Sony Pix.

Upcoming Projects: Acting and touring with two productions with her mother’s theatre company, Primetime – Adhe Adhure and August: Osage County. Her theatre festival Short+Sweet – an Australian brand that focuses on original ten-minute pieces of theatre opens — at NCPA on October 2.

On Her Aspirational Wedding Outfit: Her sister has already decided that she will wear her mother’s for hers and so keeping the tradition alive, Ira is thinking of wearing it in some way for her wedding. “I would of course, wear red and gold for the wedding… something elegant, rich and with a vintage feel. I love white and while some say it isn’t the most auspicious colour, I would want it to be part of my wedding, maybe like a sangeet outfit. I love a lot of my mom’s jewellery and would wear her sets—pearls, diamonds, emeralds and rubies… I am big on Maharani neck pieces too.”

On Weddings: She feels very special about the pheras in an Indian wedding. “It’s a wonderfully profound ritual, the circular promise connecting two people into their new world ­— just watching them always gives me goose bumps! Dancing will be a big part of the festivities and I don’t just mean the new trend of having groups of people perform, but just allowing everyone of all ages to let their hair down….”

Neeta and Nishka Lulla

Neeta Lulla: Bollywood Style Queen

Famous For: Costuming the stars. Jodhaa Akbar and Devdas and several awards later she is a name to reckon with.

Wedding Date: November 24, 1980.

On Her Wedding Outfit: With no designers back then, there were only bridal stores. As a young bride, she wanted the brightest and the most expensive thing on the rack. “I thought the costliest would also be the most exquisite. The real gold zari, the red colour stood out, but it is definitely not my colour. I wore it once again for my sister’s wedding and I turned the blouse into a kurti and brought the embroidery on the back of the blouse to the front, but now to think of wearing this colour, never ever,” she laughs.

Nishka Lulla: Funky Fashionista

Famous For: Winning the Creative Excellence Award for the ‘Barbie All Doll’d Up’ show at the Lakme Fashion Week 2009. While she styles mainly for South Indian movies, she is also a popular celebrity stylist for ad campaigns. She doubles up as a design consultant for the fashion brand Provogue and for the shoe brand Mochi in India. Her own brand, Nisshk grows from season to season.

Upcoming Projects: This year she is doing styling for her eighth movie. Her new collection Indian at Heart is previewing at all shops currently.

On Her Aspirational Wedding Outfit: “I have always wanted to wear my mom’s bridal gear. I want hot pink, red and parrot green in my wedding outfit with a short blouse. I aspire for a Radha look but I want it to be comfortable and very traditional. I love my mom’s outfit because it is so traditional with a hint of the Rajasthani style.” She also aspires to be married in front of the idols at the ISKCON temple…. “I like chokers, so you will possibly see me in uncut diamonds, kundan-like, with bangles and big earrings.”

On Weddings: “Weddings come once in a lifetime, so I think it’s ok to exaggerate. It should be like a fairy tale, like a Rajasthani royal wedding.”

Moon Moon and Raima Sen

Moon Moon Sen: Bengal’s Screen  Bombshell

Famous for:  Being a popular face on the erstwhile party circuit.

Controversial debut with Andar Bahar (1984).

Wedding Date: February 24, 1978

On Her Wedding Outfit: She wanted to wear her mother, legendary actress Suchitra Sen’s  outfit, but she wore one of the Tanjore silks her mom bought for her. “It is very special to me, especially because of the floral motif work. I come from a graphic design background, and I found the motifs exquisite.”

Her wedding was near her house but she candidly confesses on being fashionably late. “For most people, it is the biggest occasion, especially for those who don’t entertain often. But weddings used to be more personal. There was a time we wouldn’t want our wedding saris to be photographed but I guess, times have changed.”

Raima Sen: Expressive Actor

Famous For: Shared screen space with Aishwarya Rai in Rituparno Ghosh’s film Chokher Bali and Parineeta, where she played best friend to Vidya Balan.

Upcoming projects: Raakh by Tanuja Chandra.

Guest Appearance in I, Me Aur Mein.

On Her Aspirational Wedding Outfit: She would want to wear the traditional Bengali sari, but if she had to pick a designer, she would possibly wear something by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. “I would love to wear one of my mother’s many saris too.”

On Weddings: “I would like a small wedding, with family, friends and close work associates on the guest list. I wouldn’t want event planners because I don’t believe in that sort of a grand function.”

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