Glam Deepika insists on a desi avatar


By Hindustan Times

Remember Deepika Padukone’s character Shanti from Om Shanti Om (OSO; 2007)? The actor, whose Indian avatar became an instant hit with Farah Khan’s blockbuster, has gone back to that desi look for Cocktail’s new song, Second hand jawaani. When the makers came up with an idea to have a dance number with Saif Ali Khan, Deepika and Diana Penty, everyone was excited.

At that time, Deepika insisted that she would also, like her co-stars, wear an Indian outfit for the song. “Since the song comes right at the end of the film, Deepika felt that it was the best opportunity for her to go desi. It also won’t fiddle with the original narrative of the rest of the film, since she’s mostly sporting western clothes,” says an insider from the unit.

Choreographer duo Bosco-Caesar wanted Deepika to keep the look she carried in OSO. They allowed her to choose her own clothes. “There is no doubt that she looks ravishing in short dresses, skirts and hot pants in Cocktail, thanks to her styling by Anaita Shroff Adajania. But everyone is happy that Deepika decided to change her look for the song,” adds the insider.

Director Homi Adajania says, “The song is the kitschy celebration of the film. The two girls tease Saif for being a relentless flirt. Deepika is hot in Cocktail, but she (mostly) wears western clothes. The only thing that doesn’t change is that she looked just as smoking hot in the Indian outfits too.”