Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ethereal heroines – Deepika Padukone like never before in Ram-Leela
Over the years ,audiences looking back will remember a few heroines who took their breath-away , everything from the way they looked to the way they went about their mundane chores on-screen to the way they danced – their smiles lighting up the screen.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali ,known for his larger-than-life films , exemplary sets , high-tempo emotions and most of all for the way he presents his film’s leading ladies promises audiences this time around , Deepika Padukone aka Leela , in her most beautiful yet.
Be it Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Guzaarish ,Madhuri Dixit Nene and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Devdas or Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya – one of Bollywood’s most sought after directors ,Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always presented his heroines as visual poems , unfailingly resplendent inspiring women with uncompromising individuality , remembered much after the film releases.
When it came to Deepika Padukone’s look in Ram-Leela , keeping with his vision of Leela , Bhansali wanted to keep it as natural and real as possible with minimalist make-up by Mehera Kolah and an undone light bouffant ,giving her the look of a local Gujarati girl.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali known to go all out on minute detailing ,aimed at extracting the best of Gujurat in Deepika’s costumes and personally traveled to the interiors of Gujarat on the outskirts of Bhuj to purchase the material that went into Deepika’s clothing designed by Anju Modi.If that wasn’t all,the materials used as part of her wardrobe for the film date to over a 100 years old in spite of it being a contemporary film based in real time, since the maverick director needed it to be as traditional and real as possible.
Talking about his film’s Leela says Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ” Leela is like my mother – beautiful,graceful but teekhi ! She is color …She is fire…I wanted Deepika to be that”.
Says designer Anju Modi , “It’s a different experience altogether working with Bhansali .He does not believe in restricting creativity and that makes it a dream for any designer-.What made things even better was that Bhansali and I were on the same page aesthetically and that gave rise to beautiful costumes”.
Says Deepika “Sanjay sir is known for the way he presents his heroines .Other than getting to working with one of the country’s most celebrated directors, I was really excited about my look in the film. Leela came alive thanks to Sanjay Bhansali’s vision and attention to detail combined with Anju Modi’s creative brilliance”.
Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Le