The trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has created a lot of buzz since it was launched on Monday afternoon. But it’s Ranveer Singh’s (who essays the role of Alauddin Khilji) never-seen-before look that has raised eyebrows.
Ranveer plays the ambitious and obessesive Sultan and his look has been created by Delhi-based designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula. The duo says that they have worked towards creating an antagonist’s look that was dark and ominous given his tribal invader background.
Says designer Rimple, “We wanted to create the look of an antagonist whom audiences would remember for a long time to come and an iconic cinematic character who befits Mr Bhansali’s grand vision. Given Khilji’s nomadic Turkish origins, we did a lot of research on the costumes and textiles of the belt, right from Afghanistan to Kazakhistan to the central Asia belt around Turkey.”
Adds Harpreet, “Our own travels also came in handy as we have, over the years, collected samples of various old textiles such as Suzanis and Tapestries from flea markets and auctions, which were great reference points for getting the styling, the look and feel just right. Khilji’s colour palette is decidedly dark and ominous given his tribal invader background and we have used very robust nomadic elements layered with different textures and fabrics to achieve a very rugged look that goes with the character’s evolution through the course of the narrative — from a young warrior-invader to the Sultan of India who is besotted by Rani Padmavati’s beauty. Numerous vintage shawls and drapes have been used to layer and style the ornate handcrafted armours to give the look an authentic feel.”
Ranveer Singh adds, “I had very little input towards the look of Khilji. All the work for costumes has been done in spectacular fashion by Rimple and Harpreet. Credit for the makeup and prosthetics is all due to Preetisheel Singh. And of course Sanjay Sir meticulously curates every aspect of the look to the tiniest detail — testament to his perfectionist approach. All I can say is that I feel regal and powerful in the garb of Alauddin Khilji.”
Padmavati also stars Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and is slated to released on December 1.