Manish vs Ritu: Who's designing Kareena Kapoor's wedding outfit?
While Kareena Kapoor's favourite designer Manish Malhotra claimed to be restoring Sharmila Tagore's wedding gharara that Bebo will wear for her nikaah, Sharmila revealed that Ritu Kumar is her appointee for the ensemble.
Tomorrow, after their nikaah, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor will be husband and wife. It’s a happy occasion, but Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar is upset. The designer was given the responsibility of restoring Saif’s grandmother’s traditional gharara for Kareena Kapoor to wear for the ceremony. But recent reports credited Kareena’s friend, Bollywood’s leading designer Manish Malhotra, with that task. Hurt, Kumar turned to Sharmila Tagore, Saif’s mother, who phoned HT Café to set the record straight.
So who is doing finally doing Kareena’s wedding trousseau, Ritu Kumar or Manish Malhotra? I had given Ritu my mother-in-law’s wedding gharara to be restored and embellished, and she’s been working on it for a while now. The gharara is very old. My mother-in-law wore it in 1939 and I wore it at my own nikaah. Kareena is wearing that for the wedding ceremony. As for Manish, he is a dear friend of hers and he is doing the other wedding outfits, as well as some for different functions.
We’ve heard that the gharara is too heavy and can’t be worn for a very long time. Yes. With the kind of lavish and detailed handwork, it’s bound to be weighty. So there’s a lighter gharara being made by Ritu. Manish has also made one. Kareena will decide which one she will change into after the nikaah.
What are you wearing? It’s a joyous occasion and it doesn’t matter what I wear. I think I will wear an old sari from my collection. Or let’s see. Please excuse me if I don’t sound excited. It’s not even been a year since my husband passed away. This is a happy occasion and everyone in the family is very excited.
How excited are your daughters Saba and Soha? Oh, they are also quite excited about their brother’s wedding. They are all looking forward to the various functions. Incidentally, Ritu has done a few outfits for Saba and Soha as well.
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan at their sangeet ceremony.
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
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