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So, what made Ashley Rebello jump from crooning tunes to designing clothes for the stars? Why did he stop working with Madhur Bhandarkar after doing most of his movies? What drives him? What inspires him? Patcy N asked him these and other questions, and this is what he had to say:

I always wanted to be a singer, never a designer. I had been singing for 10 years but, at the time, the pop scenario wasn't that great, which is why I couldn't pursue my dreams on that front.

While doing this, I met Mansoor Khan through a common friend (actually Aamir's brother Faisal and Ashley are batch mates), who was making a film called Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. Everybody used to come to me for style tips, so Mansoor suggested I work with him. And that's how I got into films, without any course or any background in design. The only thing I had done was work in a boutique while in college.

To cut a long story short, the film clicked. Everybody liked the look and Pooja Bedi's red outfit was a rage. Nobody came to me for the next three years. I worked as a production assistant, and moved to an advertising firm, where I met Raveena Tandon and Sonali Bendre who were models at the time. When they entered the film industry, they asked me to design their clothes. I have now worked with everyone from Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, to Priyanka Chopra, Karisma Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and most newcomers.

It's hard work. Sometimes, scenes are changed overnight and you have to be prepared. I have lot of fabric and embroidery already, and my tailors work day and night. I love working under pressure. Stars don't throw tantrums because, most of the time, you become friends with them. Once, I walked to Priyanka's van and she began firing me, accusing me of coming late. I was on time though, and didn't know how to react. It happened to be April Fools' Day though! She eventually said she didn't mean to hurt me. She is a wonderful, sweet person.

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Design: Uday Kuckian

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