We meet actor Shweta Basu Prasad (26) at her Andheri apartment. The former child actor was acclaimed for her roles in films such as Makdee (2002), and Iqbal (2005). She is now the protagonist of a leading television period drama. When we meet her, she is preparing for the day’s shoot. Given the long hour TV actors work, she prefers keeping her closet de-cluttered and minimalistic, so she can put together a look at a moment’s notice. The young actor admits to having a fetish for pearls, watches and brogues, as she gives us a walkthrough of her closet.
Keep it simple: “I mostly shop from Forever One and Marks and Spencer. And since I frequently wear Punjabi suits, my go-to brand is House of Kotwara by designers Meera and Muzaffar Ali. You’ll also find clothes from nondescript boutiques and expos in my closet. I rarely buy anything from malls, though. I feel they are only meant to be visited for food courts.”
Unbranded and proud: “I enjoy shopping from local boutiques in Bangkok as well as in Dubai. I have a stock of Kota silk saris from local stores in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I also splurge on funky accessories at Colaba Causeway whenever I go to Café Mondegar.”
Wardrobe staples: “A pair of funky brogues, a pashmina shawl, a pearl necklace and a watch are fixtures in wardrobe. I believe simple is elegant.”
No heel policy: “I am a brogues girl. You will never find me in heels by choice. I wear them only when required — events and weddings, mostly. I am a fan of funky loafers. I bought a pair recently from Seoul in South Korea.”
Old is gold:“Bengalis have a rice-eating ceremony called Annaprashon (where the child eats rice for the first time). When I was a year old, I was gifted a gold rani haar (an Indian necklace design). It’s been over 25 years now, and I am very emotionally attached to it.”
Watch it: “I am not big on accessories. I do, however, have a fetish for pearls and emeralds. I recently got a rani haar designed from my local jeweller in Andheri. The only other accessory I like is a watch. My favourite is a classic eight-year-old Pierre Cardin.”