Designer Neeta Lulla recently made a trip to Kolhapur to research costumes for Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Panipat’.
“We were there to procure garments and fabric weaving to put together a look for the film with the desired colour scheme. It was a fun trip, especially because of the pleasant weather and some amazing Kolhapuri food. I am creating costumes that are larger than life and stay true to the director’s vision. The vendors and weavers we met there knew about Panipat and it was fun interacting with them about it.”, Lulla told Mumbai Mirror.
The period-drama about the third battle of Panipat stars Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon. Recreating the atmosphere for the film takes a lot of effort, according to Lulla. “It is both challenging and fun to recreate a bygone era. The actors are happy to mould into the characters and are cooperative during the costume trials. Our research also involved library visits, collecting data through books and images of the era and the battle. I have also studied the motifs and colours on the walls of Shaniwar Wada, and about the popularity, the origin of the Paithani saris.”
‘Panipat’ is currently in the pre-production stage and will begin shooting in November. Both Kapoor and Sanon are preparing for their roles by taking horse-riding lessons. Composer duo Ajay-Atul have been roped in to compose the soundtrack.