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Two good to be true

For those who understand fashion, he’s a must-have brand name for your wardrobe. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee deconstructs the No One Killed Jessica look of his two stars.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 14, 2010 16:15 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan

For those who understand fashion, he’s a must-have brand name for your wardrobe. And with three stores across India, and two more on the way, he has his hands full with the restructuring of his workshop. "My script is half complete. Maybe next year, when I have more time, I’ll wrap it up and then catch a producer," he smiles.



Buzz is that either Vidya Balan or Rani Mukherji could feature in the designer’s directorial debut. Both actors are among his favourites and usually wear his designs, not just on screen Paa, Black but even away from the arch lights for personal appearances.



vidyaInterestingly, he has dressed both the stars in Rajkumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica that will be one of the first releases of 2011 And the promos have already sparked off great curiosity amongst movie goers for Rani and Vidya’s oh-so-different looks.



The designer insists that he hasn’t tied up with any retail chain to bring the clothes into stores but admits that "copies are already floating around" . That’s Sabya’s magic that he decodes for us through his two star-friends and the characters they play in this true-to-life movie.



In his words: ‘You can see the real Vidya in Sabrina’, Vidya Balan in No One Killed Jessica is an average girl-next-door whose life is yanked out of perspective by circumstances that leave her floundering for a while. This meant no make-up, no-high heels and mostly clothes borrowed from her father or sister’s wardrobes. It was a look without identity and rooted in everyday reality.



I’ve often observed that when one sister is a movie star or a model as in this case, the other one generally plays down her looks and melts into the background. So I imagined Vidya’s Sabrina to be a simple, introverted girl, maybe a bookworm, whose life revolved around college and tuitions, till a murder turned it upside down.



Did I have the real Sabrina Laal in mind? No, I didn’t. Yes, the film may have been inspired by Jessica’s story but then it takes its own route. And the director, Rajkumar Gupta, had specifically told me to create this Sabrina from my own head. I did!



I went shopping and picked up aspirational brands like Gap and Fab India rather than Dolce & Gabbana that a young girl could buy with her own pocket money. Yes, her wardrobe changed as her character evolved. That’s true of anybody, real or fictional. But for the most part, she was someone who would disappear in a crowd of 500 plus, and Vidya did despite being a popular movie star when shooting in the streets of Delhi.

I deliberately played down her desirability, but Vidya is a naturally beautiful woman and I couldn’t play that down. With her hair let loose, no pancake or paints and non-designer glasses, she looks like the 19-year-old girl she was supposed to be. You can see the real Vidya in Sabrina!

‘Meera likes clothes but likes her job more’
Rani’s Meera is a firebrand journo, and not modeled on anyone I know. She’s someone who dresses, up for the camera but away from it. She’s almost a tomboy who would wear sneakers with a dress because it was comfy.

She’s someone who likes clothes but she likes her job more. If her job demands, she’ll tog up in tailored suits and stilettos but otherwise she’d prefer to chill out in something more casual and functional. It reminded me of someone I knew. Could it be Rani herself?

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