The Dress Design story of Mohenjo Daro


source: mrbass.org
source: mrbass.org

We are once again set to experience the magic of Neeta Lulla, in Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming, epic adventure-romance film Mohenjo Daro. The film is set in the era of the Indus Valley civilization that dates back to 2600 BC.

To give the actors a perfect look, the costumes of the cast, including that of Hrithik Roshan, were initially designed by the Oscar nominated and Emmy award winner, designer- April Ferry.

April Ferry
April Ferry

Owing to a reschedule in the plan and progress of the film, due to Hrithik’s injury, April had to leave. Neeta Lulla took over gracefully from her, on request. Adding on Neeta to the designing crew was like the final addition of a cherry on the already delicious cake!

source: indianexpress
source: indianexpress

Going by the name of the film, Mohenjo Daro, one would expect the first look to be very true to the essence of the film and imagine the protagonist to be dressed in something that is very raw, rustic, basic and handmade considering the era it is set in.

source: movies.ndtv
source: movies.ndtv

Working for the era, was definitely a challenging task as it required to travel in an era that we visited just through history books. Although references have been used from the archaeological excavations of the Indus Valley sites, nobody actually knows how the people of the  Harappan age actually looked like so it will be interesting to know what designers has in mind.

Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla is an established name in the fashion industry for almost two decades now. Hailed as the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’, Neeta Lulla is today a force to reckon with, in the glamour and fashion industry. Expertise, clarity and creativity, humility arising from her quiet confidence has earned her both respect and clientele of Bollywood’s rich and famous. She has already created costumes for the long lost era, in larger than life movies like Jodhaa Akbar and Devdas.

source: pages.rediff
source: pages.rediff

Neeta began her career as an assistant of the former leading fashion choreographer of India, Jeanne Naoroji in late 1980. She gained experience and knowledge and was introduced in the Bollywood fraternity with the film Tamasha, where she designed costumes for Kimi Katker.

The spotlight finally fell on Neeta with the movie “Lamhe”. Where she styled for Sridevi, simplicity with elegance and subtle appeal, which not only gained her appreciation but a national award for her designs. Her journey in the fashion and film fraternity has had no looking back since then.

source: movies.ndtv
source: movies.ndtv

Having earlier worked with him on Jodhaa Akbar, What’s Your Rashee?, and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, this will be Neeta Lulla’s fourth film with Ashutosh Gowariker. Judging by the first look of the film from the freshly released teaser, we are surely in due for a grand treatment. Where Hrithik’s look had more of a rugged flavor, Pooja Hedge’s appearance was shockingly royal. Dressed in Neeta Lulla attire, in blue and red, with a bejewelled headgear, her role as “Chaani”, in her debut film has created enough sensations already.

source: india.com
source: india.com

It will be quite interesting to find out whether Lulla once again manages to blow the audience’s mind with rich, charismatic fashion statements  that enhance the beauty and aesthetics of the film Mohenjo Daro.

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