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Designing Miss Dixit

From frilly frocks to dazzling ghagra cholis, Madhuri Dixit has carried off a variety of outfits with equal aplomb in her movies.

Designers Reza Shariffi and Anna Singh, close friends of the star, talk about their favourite Madhuri outfits, and the effort behind each of them.

Reza Shariffi:
At the Filmfare Awards, 2006

She approached me directly for her performance at the awards ceremony. She was performing onstage after four years, and that too, on Devdas songs. She wanted me to design something on the lines of Devdas. But later, we thought it would look too repetitive, because she had done Devdas just recently.

Her ghagra choli was very heavy, about 8 kg. So because of the weight, everything was 'stuck' to her body! From her choti, to her necklace and ghungroos, everything was stitched onto her outfit because I did not want the outfit to hinder her movements, as she was dancing after a long time.

In terms of structure, the outfit was very westernised. It was a corset with brocade lining, and had crystals and Swarovski. But when you look at it, it looked Indian. It took me three days to make it.

She okayed the colours, but I did not have to show her the design for approval because we have known each other and worked together for years. She saw it for the first time during the trial session.

In fact, even when I designed her wedding reception outfit, she just saw the fabric, and then the final outfit. She just left it to me. She is very non-interfering. I also designed her husband's outfit, and for everyone in the family.

Madhuri is like family to me. I'm not in awe of her, but she is so down-to-earth. For example, during the shoot of Hum Tumhare Hai Sanam, in one of the scenes, her blouse had this big problem. But she just told me not to worry, and she adjusted her pallu over it. There were no temper tantrums or anything.

Text: Ronjita Kulkarni

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