Madhuri Dixit's Gulaab Gang showcases the power of pink

Mar 10 2014, 13:24 IST
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SummaryDesigner Eka Lakhani talks to Screen about the challenges of getting the right shade of pink in place for Madhuri Dixit's and others outfits that she has created for the cast of Gulaab Gang.

Madhuri Dixit will be seen sporting a unique bindi in Gulaab Gang, which signifies her character name, Rajjo. The alphabet R is written in devnagari script, using a stylish font.

Every time they are out to fight, the gang members are seen wearing an armour made of rope, which was hand stitched by Lakhani’s team. Since the characters don’t have access to metal or coins, they used rope to add a more realistic touch.

To help the character move around more comfortably, especially while they fighting, kicking or punching the enemies, the gang members are seen wearing a salwar. On a normal day, the women are seen wearing contrast coloured petticoats. The designer gave a peek -a-boo effect to the petticoat, whenever the pleats of their saree is tucked in.

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Only Ikat blouses are used for her outfits, mostly in darker hues and not necessarily matching to her saree. The sleeves are mostly three – fourth. The back of the blouse has an interesting deep, key – hole pattern, which does expose too much of her back keeping the character’s age in mind.

The sarees worn by Dixit was draped in a Madhya Pradesh inspired style. Lakhani used cotton sarees and fabrics, which were mostly picked up from Pydhonie in Mumbai. The zig – zag pattern on the bottom of the hem added an interesting touch.

SIMPLE juttis and covered shoes were mostly sourced from Jaipur to give an authentic look to their outfits.

Dressing up a group of vigilantes may not be that difficult, but when the theme of your film revolves around a certain colour, especially a shade that has always been associated with words like cute or pretty, restrictions and dilemmas do arise. When we asked designer Eka Lakhani about the process that she went through to get the shade of pink for the outfits in Gulaab Gang, she confessed that it was quite a task. “Showing pink as a powerful color is very difficult. It has always been looked at as a pretty, petite and feminine hue. It doesn’t go with arrogance, anger and aggression, which happens to be the attitude of the women in this film. Both Soumik (Sen) and I sat through several sessions of planning to get the right shade,” stated Lakhani. As

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