Ask Rocky S what his biggest challenge was, when he was approached to style Katrina Kaif for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, and he says instantly, “I had to make her look different.” Probe further and he explains, “I’ve been styling Katrina since she made her debut in Bollywood, and I’ve always had to ensure that there’s something unique about it. Here, the director’s (Ali Abbas Zafar) brief was very simple — feminity as well as strength.”
Katrina’s character in the film, Dimple Dixit, is a simple girl raised in London, who returns to Delhi to get married. “She’s playing a vulnerable yet strong girl, who has flamboyant and ‘bindaas’ shades,” says Rocky. “It started off as a simple Delhi-ite look, but it progressed to a next-door-neighbour-meets-rock chic look.”
And the reactions have taken Rocky by surprise: “I didn’t expect it to become such a huge rage. Everyone’s talking about how fresh and young Katrina’s looking. Some elements like her ripped pink jeans have become a rage. At that time, I had to think ahead while shopping for her, so it’s nice that if you visit a high-street store right now, you’d find bright green and red jeans.”
But while Rocky could take liberties and go wild while dressing her for the songs, he had to adopt a more conservative approach. “We were shooting in Delhi and Agra, so the clothes had to have a north Indian sensibility — simple yet desirable,” he explains.
While most of Rocky’s shopping was done in Delhi itself, some outfits were bought in London. The Indian clothes, though, are all created by him.
The designer is also busy with a number of fashions shows and films. “My next release will be Hema Malini and Esha Deol’s Tell Me O Khuda, after which I will start work on Ameesha Patel’s home production,” he says, adding, “I’ve already had seven shows recently, and another six are coming up, so there’s lots going on.”
Kat, Imran go all out for their film
Just so star-struck Delhi doesn’t miss Bollywood at the Van Heusen menswear week, actors Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan were asked to take to the ramp for grand finale by designers Karan Johar-Varun Bahl.
The duo, along with co-star Ali Zafar, have also been doing a series of stage shows or concerts to promote their film, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan that releases on September 9. They've been to colleges, fashion shows and TV programmes together to promote their forthcoming venture, which is a rom-com.
Incidentally, the actors have become thick buddies over the last couple of months, to the point that they eat together, sit together and even give sound bytes together.
Even on stage, they don't hesitate to pull each other's legs and have a good time.
So much so that on one occasion, when Imran was at a college with Katrina, he invited a fan of hers from the crowd to shake a leg with his pretty co-star.