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'I feel I can make Ash look more beautiful'

Designer Manav Gangwani, all set to enter Bollywood, feels no one has done full justice to Aishwarya Rai's beauty.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2007 06:33 PM IST

He designed Raveena Tandon and Pooja Batra's wedding outfits and gave Soha Ali Khan her first break when she walked the ramp way before she became an actress.

Now designer Manav Gangwani, who is all set to enter Bollywood, says he would love to dress up Aishwarya Rai because no one has done full justice to her beauty.

"When I see her, I feel I can make her look more beautiful. I would give her saris to make her more glamorous. She has recently started looking much better in what she is wearing.

"She has always been a victim of fashion because of media attention. But I think she is such a stunner and such a beautiful woman that nobody has been able to do total justice to her," said the Delhi-based designer.

Having diversified from women's couture to men's ready-to-wear, the 28-year-old is also very keen to design clothes for Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.

Offers have been pouring since Gangwani decided to design clothes for Bollywood films, but he is in no hurry.

"I have been offered films. To be very honest, I have not confirmed anything as yet because I am not sure if I want to take up those particular projects. I don't want to do too many films at a time. I may do one film a year but the team has to be right. When I say team, I mean the director and the producer. I would take my time," Gangwani told IANS.

Like most others, Gangwani too would like to work with well known "glamorous" production houses: "I have more glamorous clothing so I would want a banner which does glamorous movies -- like Yash Raj Films or Dharma Productions or Red Chilli."

But Yash Raj amongst them is a particular favourite. Although Gangwani raves about friend Karan Johar, who heads Dharma Production, and his creativity, he says he would prefer to debut with movie mogul Yash Chopra's banner.

"Karan has learnt from the school of Yash Raj himself so, I think I would love to be a part of Yash Raj Films. No, I haven't been approached by them yet."

Praising Karan's accomplishments, he said: "He has many facets to himself like he does endorsements, he does TV shows, he is a director, a great spokesperson - he like an ambassador of Indian film industry overseas. And I think that's remarkable and I really look up to the guy.

"I love the costumes used in his films. But, I like the costumes he styles. Everybody knows he styles clothes for Shah Rukh and I think he does a fabulous a job."

Gangwani began his career in 1999 and since then has swiftly penetrated the high-end luxury market. His unique youthful opulence won him high profile clients like Soha Ali Khan, Ameesha Patel, Riddhima Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Pooja Batra, Susanne Roshan, Sridevi, Priyanka Chopra, Saif Ali Khan, Zayed Khan, Viveik Oberoi and many more. He takes care of the personal wardrobes of all these celebrities.

Talking about his long associating with Raveena, Gangwani said: "She is the first person I worked with from film industry. She is very close to my heart. She treats me like a kid brother. And I treat her like an older sister. She is certainly one of my closest friends. She is one person I have always have been closely associated with."

Gangwani takes the credit for launching Soha, who got rave reviews for her performance in "Rang De Basanti".

"The other person I closely associated with is Soha whom I launched in my show. Her first print media shoot was for me. Her first glamorous appearance was for my show."

Gangwani said his USP is his saris.

"From the very beginning I have been associated with very glamorous clothes. I do embellishment and bling in a controlled manner. My USP is my collection of saris. In fabrics I like using chiffons, georgettes and nets - basically, anything glamorous," said Gangwani.

Asked him to rate the best-dressed actor in Hindi film industry, he said: "Shah Rukh and Saif are the most well dressed actors... And Hrithik Roshan is also very good."

"Among the actresses, I feel Sushmita Sen really stands out. She is a style diva personified. Preity Zinta is very glamorous in her own way.

"In Hollywood, I would say that Tom Cruise and George Clooney are best dressed actors. Apart from them, I like the way Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston dress up."

The designer, who retails from Samsaara and his flagship store in Delhi, AZA in Mumbai, Sanskrit in Hong Kong, Zena Couture in London, Fasateen in Dubai, Chokri in Singapore and Anshu's in Ahmedabad, would love to have his store in Hollywood.

"I would love to be associated with Hollywood. Unfortunately, Indian designers haven't been given the opportunity to dress Hollywood stars mainly because they have not started holding up stores or retail spaces in places like New York or Los Angeles because they are extremely expensive. And we guys as designers have no foreign investments in our brands either."

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