A movie surely works because of the actor’s credible performance but it is also the costumes that they wear that add to the arch of the character they are essaying. The dialogue delivery might be on-point but if the outfits worn by the actor don’t match the essence then it may stick out like a sore thumb. Many costume designers spend days and nights doing research on a character’s costume. The same was done by renowned costume designer Neeta Lulla for Thalaivi the movie.
The costume designer who has worked in over 300 films, said that her experience of designing costumes for the Kangana Ranaut starrer wasn’t easy. She in fact called it her ‘most challenging’ film until now. Neeta had the responsibility of recreating the energetic persona of the late actor turned politician J Jayalalithaa in the movie.
The trailer of the biopic movie was released a couple of days back and it has garnered heaps of praises from the masses and critics. Everyone is looking forward to the whole movie soon.
Meanwhile, ahead of the movie’s release costume designer Neeta Lulla had her say on the experience of designing costumes for Kangana Ranaut. Spilling the beans on the same, she said that she had to do in-depth research on Jayalalithaa’s former years.
The earlier years included the years when she ventures into the entertainment industry, the costumes in those movies, the way she preferred to dress in real life. Neeta also had to follow Jayalalithaa’s journey of how she progressed in politics and as a politician.
Her research work mainly included going to libraries, skimming through pictures, watching Jayalalithaa’s movies, and also particularly her songs. Neeta revealed that she watched her songs around 15-16 times.
Not only did Neeta had to do research about the costumes, but also the lingerie. However, all of it had to be altered for every phase of her life. Kangana even had to put on 20 kgs of weight which made the costume designer redesign a few costumes here and there.
To conclude, Neeta Lulla described late Jayalalithaa’s fashion sense as ‘quirky’. She had her own style and statement of her own and she was a complete diva.