Sex And The City 2, as visible in the promos, seems just as high on fashion, as Part 1. Pat Fields has designed the costumes both times. This time there is a room of fine jewellery, a wall of bangles and two walls of scarves that complete the closet for the four leading ladies.
As the film progresses, the colours change, becoming bolder, brighter and more patterned, with huge hats for company. The film’s producer and leading lady, Sarah Jessica Parker, says that it was a lot of fun working with Fields. “She dresses everyone up really well. She’s creative and careful when working on the wardrobes of every character and that’s the way it should be,” asserts Parker.
The brand conscious star-producer admits that she wants to launch the brands named after her in India soon. “It’s a booming market here and I’m aware that I have a lot of fans in India. I want them to be able to easily access the brands I’m associated with.”
As of now, Lovely, Covet Dawn Endless and Twilight, her perfume brands, and her fashion line, Bitten, launched in partnership with the discount clothing chain Steve & Barry’s in the US, are doing pretty well.
In Abu Dhabi now
The sequel to Sex And The City kicks off in Manhattan where Carrie Bradshaw (Parker) lives with her friends, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristen Davis).
The film then travels to the Middle-East when Samantha lands an opportunity to go to Abu Dhabi. She agrees to visit the country only if she can take her friends along with her on an-all-expenses-paid trip, since they haven’t had one after Carrie’s failed honeymoon.
Will the next destination be India? “We have already reached Abu Dhabi this season,” laughs Parker. “And India isn’t all that far from here. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”
‘Aishwarya carries herself really well and dresses up beautifully and aptly for every occasion’
Sex And The City 2 releases in India two weeks after a lukewarm opening in the UK and the US. Any apprehensions over its reception here?
I’m really excited about its release in India. I have heard that the franchise has a huge fan following in your country. The first edition had a huge draw. I hope people like the second serving as much.
Since the film has released earlier in other markets, chances are that it may have been uploaded on the Internet. Wouldn’t that affect the business in India?
It doesn’t matter that it’s coming late. People who love Sex And The City will watch it anyway. I’m hoping for the best. The sequel met with a mixed response in over 20 markets. Some of the reviews were scathing.
The audience across these 20 markets has loved the film. Period. Was a sequel always in the pipeline?
No, the second movie was neither necessary nor required.
Why make it then?
Simple: We wanted to take the story of the four women to another level. And this time we were in a position to choose what we wanted to do. With time on hand, we could give Part 2 more thought. We asked a lot from everyone associated with this beast of a project. People cut themselves off from their families for long periods.
That should have been enough of a motivation to put a full stop to Sex And The City after Part 1?
It was a Herculean task but when you finally watch the film, you realise that it was worth the effort.
Taking on the dual responsibilities of producer and leading lady must have made the job even tougher?
When I am on the sets I’m simply an actor who follows her director even though I’ve also produced both editions and was the executive producer on the series. Michael (director Michael Patrick King), Melfi (John Melfi) and I put this movie together by dividing the work between us.
An episode from the series that you really liked and wanted to translate on celluloid?
Tough to pick just one. Every episode had a simple message and was a reality check.
Okay, how different is a TV series from a movie?
The films here are an extension of the series and not independent entities. After the series, we made our first film about finding Mr Right and getting married. Part 2 is about life after marriage, something I’m sure every woman in your country and mine can relate to.
Which of the two films does your husband Matthew Broderick like better?
(Laughs) He’s seen both and loves both equally.
For the last couple of years, you’ve consistently had at least one release a year. Doesn’t all the work take you away from your family?
I’ve struck a prefect balance between work and family. So when I am back from a shoot, I spend as much time as is possible with Matthew and my daughters who thankfully are too young to miss me when I’m not around.
The sequel features some big names like Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus, Penelope Cruz and Mariah Carey in the credits. It must have been difficult doing justice to all these A-listers in the movie so no one would feel disappointed?
Actually it wasn’t difficult at all. We wove them into the plot really well. And Miley, Penelope, Mariah and Heidi have all become good friends since we started working on Sex And The City 2. I really appreciate the fact that they took time out from their busy schedules to be a part of my project.
Carrie Bradshaw is so vulnerable and brand-conscious in the movie. Are you anything like the character you play?
(Smiles) No, I don’t think I’m quite as vulnerable as Carrie. But went it comes to fashion and brands, I have to admit that we are on the same page.
Which Indian actress has impressed you with her awareness of brands and personal style statement?
(After a thoughtful pause) I think it would be Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The lady is enormously gifted, has beautiful eyes and a magnetic personality. She carries herself really well and dresses up beautifully and aptly for every occasion. Her personal style just adds to her looks.
And which Indian actor is Aishwarya’s male equivalent?
(Chuckles) Shah Rukh Khan. He’s an ‘imagining’ actor. I can’t recall the titles but I have watched a couple of his films. I loved them.