Andaz Apna Apna, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Chandni Bar, Biwi No 1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Sarfarosh, Hera Pheri, Page 3, Shabad, Dil Mange More, Karam, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Meenakshi, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Jane Tu Ya Jane Na, Bodyguard, Ready, Dabangg… Phew! The list is endless.
The costume designer for all these flicks, Ashley Rebello, was in town on Wednesday to interact with the students of International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Sector 8. In an interaction with HT City, Ashley talks about his much-awaited film, Ek Tha Tiger, his designer journey of the past 20 years and much more.
Mumbai-based Ashley is the ambassador of INIFD, where he also plays the role of a mentor for students. Ask him if he relates to these students and he says, "I never studied fashion myself. I was doing English honours and simultaneously working at Benetton, when I got to know that Mansoor Khan [director of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar] was scouting for new talent. Since I was confident about my work, I met him and got my first movie."
The journey from then on wasn't exactly a cakewalk. "After Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, I thought I had made it big, which was not the case. I met Raveena Tandon at a shoot once and she told me I was 'quite good'. She suggested that rather than waiting for work to come my way, I should start looking for work."
About his upcoming projects he says, "I have designed costumes for Salman [Khan] in Ek Tha Tiger; he's also my favourite actor. His look in the movie is fun and casual, with lot of earthiness. A style statement that's going to stand out after the movie, will be that of the kafia (a scarf)."
"I have also designed costumes for Malika Sherawat in her upcoming film, Kismat, Love, Paisa, Dilli. She will be seen in a casual-yet-sexy look, while flaunting some trendy salwar kameez. For Dabangg 2, I have come up with beautiful sarees for Sonakshi," adds he.
The veteran has also designed Hollywood stars such as Nicole Kidman and Hunter Tylo. "I also designed for Mallika Sherawat's appearance at the Cannes Film Festival," he chips in.
Ask him if he attains a sense of satisfaction from his work and he says, "People in India follow fashion through films. That's what I like about my profession. It feels like I'm doing something worthwhile."