Why was Madhuri Dixit-Nene’s Dedh Ishqiya look difficult to style?

The actor has a nawabi look in her next film directed by Abhishek Chaubey

Madhuri Dixit-Nene manages to look resplendent at 46 in her comeback vehicle Dedh Ishqiya and steal everyone’s heart, and for this, costume designer Payal Saluja can rightfully take credit for it. Saluja worked for months on finer details and piece together the costumes befitting Madhuri, who plays the role of Begum Para in Vishal Bharadwaj’s home production, a comedy- thriller set for release next month.

“I treat script as the Bible…it guides in giving authentic look to characters. We have stayed real to the story and given a nawabi look (to Madhuri) through the costumes,” said Saluja. However, Saluja, whose previous work includes films like Raanjhanaa, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and 7 Khoon Maaf said styling the dhak dhak girl for the Abhishek Chaubey-directed movie was a challenging task.

To give a nawabi (royal) look to Madhuri, she spent almost three months scouting for various fabrics, jewellery etc in the lanes of Lucknow, Delhi and a few other places. “I feel lucky to have got an opportunity to work with her in this film. There was no pressure as such but it was definitely a challenge to make her look the way her character was envisioned.”

“As Madhuri plays a Begum (a woman having aristocratic lineage) we had to bring that nawabi…royalty feel to her costumes. Every piece was customised for her. She was enthusiastic…energetic to put on every piece (costume). She loved what I had given her to wear every time,” added Saluja. Madhuri will be seen sporting shararas, anarkali, ghararas, jhoomar (a begum’s trademark) and the necklace in the film, a sequel of 2010 film Ishqiya.

Besides Madhuri, Saluja did costumes for her co-stars, including Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi. The film, whose trailer was released last month, will see Shah and Warsi reprising their respective Ishqiya roles, while Madhuri and Huma are the new addition.