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After Dil Toh Paagal Hai and Aaja Nachle, Manish Malhotra now designs Madhuri Dixit outfits for her TV show.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 16, 2011 16:06 IST
Hiren Kotwani

After designing her costumes for Dil Toh Paagal Hai, it was not until a decade that ace stylist created Madhuri Dixit’s outfits, for Aaja Nachle. However, the third time has come a lot sooner, as he’s designing for the actor for her television show, Jhalak Dikkla Jaa. Never mind if it’s only for the next 16 episodes of the show which Dixit is judging with Malaika Arora Khan and choreographer-director Remo D’Souza, Malhotra asserts that it’s ‘always a joy designing for Madhuri.’

Keeping in mind the brief for the celebrity judge’s costumes, Malhota says he will continue with the tradition and design Indian wear for Dixit’s next 16 episodes. “But there will be more glamour in the overall styling. Not just the outfits, but also the colours and accessories like earrings and even the hair styles,” he informs.

At the same time, he will also be adding some western touch to his designs for the actor. “Since we’ve to stick to the brief for the show, we won’t be going all western for now. But yes, some designs will be an Indo-western fusion,” he maintains. However, there won’t be too much of embroidery in her outfits either, reveals Malhotra, adding, “The outfits will be more flowy, there will be more chiffon.”

Asked about what he’d like to create for the actor, outside the show’s brief and Malhotra answers, “Madhuri is simply fantastic. Her million dollar smile adds to her radiant personality. I think she’s so beautiful that you don’t need to do too much on the oufits, but keep them clean. I like her more in vertical lines, so I’ll be incorporating that in some of her outfits.”

The ace designer recalls creating something similar for Dixit in Aaja Nachle, their last movie together. “But back then, there was a lot of black and blue. This time, we’ll be going for brighter colours,” he concludes.