Bachchan's the most stylish Bollywood personality: Manish Malhotra
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Bachchan's the most stylish Bollywood personality: Manish Malhotra

This man has draped more Bollywood beauties that one can imagine. For Manish Malhotra, the swinging '60s is his favourite fashion decade in history. Brunch catches up with the designer.

brunch Updated: Aug 24, 2014 19:21 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
Manish Malhotra,Deepika Padukone,Alia Bhatt

If you weren't a designer you would have been...

A film director.

The most stylish person in Bollywood.

Amitabh Bachchan.

Who did you enjoy dressing up more: Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani or Alia Bhatt in 2 States?

Both of them, to be honest. style have you admired over the years?

Gayatri Devi, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha.

One wedding style you feel will never go out of fashion.

Traditional wear, as it is a part of our culture. People reinvent, yet are always traditional.

Your favourite decade in fashion is…

The 1960s. a kid, what would you consider your first design?

Well, that was too long ago for me to remember.

If you were to design for someone outside of Bollywood, who would it be?

I would love to meet Marc Jacobs and dress him up.

Which body shape do you like to design for?

I'm a fashion designer and working on different body types is always challenging and lots of fun.

One trend you want to do away with.


One trend you want to revive.

The neatness, grandeur and richness of the '60s.

One Indian fabric you love to work with.

Textured silk.

Which is more complicated: designing for men or for women?

Women, for sure.

Do you think that Indian men are fashion-conscious?

They are getting there.

A dessert that describes you.

All Indian desserts.

If you were the editor of a magazine, who would you put on the cover?

Myself. That's the only way I'll probably make it there!

Five musts in your wardrobe.

White shirt, black shirt, black jeans, LV formal shoes, Prada loafers.

Your idea of a great weekend is...


If you could ask for any talent, what would it be?

Business management.

One thing that no one knows about you.

That I'm very impatient.

The biggest risk you have ever taken.

Opening a 9,000 sq ft store in Delhi, and being confident about it. And, I feel that today the confidence has paid off.

Your fitness fundas.

I'm a bit irregular, but I like an early morning workout.

Your dream destination.


You destress by...

Watching a Hindi movie.

From HT Brunch, August 24

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First Published: Aug 23, 2014 13:35 IST