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I was obsessed with Karisma Kapoor’s clothes in Dil To Pagal Hai, says Rhea Kapoor

Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor talks about what’s life like in the Kapoor household, styling, and producing a film at the age of 21

brunch Updated: May 06, 2017 20:52 IST
Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor
Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor(Aalok Soni)


Date of birth:
March 5

Home town: Mumbai

School/College: Dhirubhai Ambani International School/ New York University 

First break: As an assistant director for Wake Up Sid (2009)

Low point of your life: When anyone from my family feels any kind of pain. I don’t know how to process that

High point of your life: Turning 30 last month. I was panicking at first, but then a friend said, “You run three businesses,” and I realised I’m not a complete screw-up!

Currently doing: I was recently part of the Ensure Dreams Survey, I’m producing Veere Di Wedding and will launch my clothing line with Sonam (Kapoor) soon

Your Instagram bio says you’re a control freak...

I’m like that when it comes to completing things. Attention to detail is very important for me. If I’ve styled a look, or I’m making a film, I need to do it from the beginning to the end and control every creative aspect of it.

When did you first discover that you wanted to be a stylist?

I always loved dressing people up. I remember seeing Dil To Pagal Hai and being obsessed with Karisma Kapoor’s clothes. I studied fashion and realised how people can use it to express themselves. When I came back, Sonam asked me if I would style her and it just happened.

How would you describe your style?

Practical, confident and glamorous.

You produced Aisha when you were 21. What did you learn from that experience?

Don’t let people make you believe that you can’t do something or that you don’t deserve something. People do that a lot to young women.

What are dinner conversations at the Kapoor household like?

So much fun. We take each other’s case, discuss the meal we’re having and also plan the next meal.

A temptation you can’t resist...

Cheeseburger and an extra-cheese pizza with jalapenos.

If you were on Tinder, your bio would read...

Approach with caution.

If you could raid one person’s closet, whose would it be?

Dita Von Teese. I want to see all the vintage things she owns.

Did you ever aspire to act?

When you’re an actor’s daughter, everyone is always asking you if you’re going to become an actress. Ten days after being on the Wake Up Sid set, I knew I wasn’t interested in that.

Favourite guilty pleasure...

Red meat, shopping and really good cocktails.

How do you stay fit?

I’m a very hyper person and a complete multitasker. So, I focus on staying positive and not just on staying fit.

One thing about Anil Kapoor we don’t know...

He steals everyone’s food and alcohol at the dinner table or at a restaurant!

If you were to invite three people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? 

Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen and Gloria Steinem.

Three apps that you can’t do without...

Instagram, Snapchat and Scootsy, where I order my lunch from every day.

The last line of your autobiography will read…

And she was full.

My Favourites:

City: Toss-up between New York and Paris

Designer: John Galliano

Song of the moment: Humble by Kendrick Lamar

TV Show:The Mind of a Chef

Movie: Neerja (2016)

From HT Brunch, May 7, 2017

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