Black may be her favourite colour, but life is pretty rosy for fashion designer Neeta Lulla, who recently won her third National Award for best costume design for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar.
Lulla previously won National Awards for Lamhe (1992) and Devdas (2003). The third one still fills her with a child-like enthusiasm.
“Receiving an award always feels nice. It is a kind of assertion that your work is being liked and acknowledged. It also brings in a certain amount of added responsibility, but that’s what keeps one going,” she says.
Lulla, who has more than 375 films to her credit, has seen various trends come and go over the years. She says, “Fashion is evolving every passing day and with a number of designers coming into the fray, there’s no dearth of style and uniqueness.”
She is currently busy designing costumes for Gowariker’s upcoming film, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. But when she’s not in the designer’s garb, she loves to paint.
“Painting is my means of relaxing, and I may hold an exhibition of my paintings in the time to come,” she says.
As far as the issue of multiple fashion weeks, that have mushroomed over the last couple of years, is concerned, the designer says, “I think it’s not a burden on the designers to keep a track of the fashion weeks. Plus, I think these fashion weeks give them a chance to showcase their work in various cities, where otherwise the designers’ collection wouldn’t reach.”