Manish Malhotra: Man behind the divas' divinity
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Manish Malhotra: Man behind the divas' divinity

He has had his designs on virtually all Bollywood A-listers and this time too, Manish Malhotra will be the Grand Finale Designer at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. But there's more to the queen-maker...

entertainment Updated: Aug 20, 2011 19:19 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times

A Bollywood makeover specialist, Manish Malhotra was the man behind Karisma Kapur and Urmila’s Matondkar’s sizzling and stylish avatars in Raja Hindustani and Rangeela. And since then there hasn’t been a dull fashion moment in Hindi Cinema. From designing Preity’s minis, Kajol’s lehengas to Kareena’s sarees, Manish has become a recognisable brand. He even hosted a talk show once. A regular crowd and star puller at fashion weeks, Manish will be the Grand Finale Designer at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai today.

One word that describes you best?


If a traffic constable hauls you up, what would you do?

I would try to talk him out of it.

Your first kiss was…

...It happened in a disco when I was just 17 years old.

What makes you feel sexy?

My face, definitely not my body.

Manish MalhotraYou get high on…

...A fruitful day.

The colour ‘pink’ for you is…


A tune you can’t get out of your head?

Bin Tere from the movie I Hate Luv Storys.

What did you do with your first paycheque?

I got it for an ad in 1987; it was for Rs 2,000 and I gave it to my parents.

The one law you would break if you could get away with it?

I wouldn’t dream of breaking one.

Do you love Luv Storys?

I love them!

Choose: Air India or Indian Railways?

Air India.

The last time you rode on a bus?

It was many, many, many years ago.

If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?

Definitely not Manish! Though I like my surname a lot.

What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?

For me it is beef, which is too chewy, so I don’t like it.

Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!

I love food and I live to eat.

You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?

I would prefer to walk.

Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.

Maybe Mars.

If you could have a star perform at your wedding, who would it be and why?

I’m not getting married and even if I do, all my friends would definitely dance for me. That includes Kajol, Kareena, Karisma and Karan.

If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which one would you choose? You can’t say both.


What makes your day?

Good work.

What screws it up?

A bad work day.

Your favourite freedom fighter?


Love is…


Life in the fast food lane: Choose your menu.

I love all kinds of Indian fast food.

If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?

Rejoice on being the last one around.

The last movie that made you cry?

Zindagi na milegi dobara. It really touched my heart

A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
It definitely has to be new york. i love that city

Which superhero would you like to be?
Superman, so that i’m everywhere at one time

From HT Brunch, August 21

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First Published: Aug 20, 2011 18:00 IST