I'm a stylist and not a fashion designer - Anaita Shroff


By Satish Sundaresan, Bollywood Hungama News Network

She is a person who can rightly be called as someone who is 'tailor-made' for Bollywood. She is none other than Bollywood's very own Anaita Shroff Adajania, under whose baton Bollywood simply loves to get dressed up and styled! It will be an understatement of the highest order if we say that her creations simply add value to the silver screen! Bollywood Hungama caught up with the lady, who has an impressive line up of films in her kitty. Topping the list is none other than the super fantasy and super fantastic Drona that has the whole world talking about! Over to you... Anaita Shroff

Anaita, to start with, what made you choose Drona and how did you bag the film?
I didn't 'bag' the film so to say. The fact is that Goldie Behl chose me to do this film. Goldie took me through the intriguing story of Drona and I simply loved the treatment he had intended for the film. Overall, Drona was an adventure that is truly memorable and will remain so forever.

It's really nice to know that Drona has been inspired by the traditional Indian bridegroom and medieval warriors, contrary to what most Western superheroes wear. Whose idea was it to keep it this way?
I drew my inspiration from the story of Drona itself. The brief of the film's characters was given to me by Goldie and it is from this that I drew the inspiration for the different characters of Drona. The thought process and the creativity that has gone into it, was done keeping in mind the concept of an Indian superhero with Indian values and heritage. Having said that, I would also like to add here that, we have also fused certain Japanese influences for Abhishek.

What was the brief given by Goldie regarding Abhishek's character in the film?
In this film, since Abhishek symbolizes someone who has purity alongwith strength, we have used white with metal embellishments. His look has this strong Indian foundation, even though it is inspired from the Japanese comics.

Story has it that Abhishek who plays Aditya later adorns the title role of 'Drona'. So, how different is 'Aditya' from 'Drona' in terms of costumes?
While 'Aditya' is a common man, the other (Drona) is a superhero. In that sense, they both had to be different from each other. Hence, their costumes too were designed to suit their respective roles.

Is it true that the headgear used by Abhishek in the film has been inspired by the Rajasthani women?
In the film, Abhishek wears an antique gold bead on a leather string around his forehead. And I got this inspiration from the Rajasthani women whom I had seen with beads on their heads. Besides the antique gold bead, I have also used a beaten gold and a silver ring to add effect to Abhishek's costumes. All the other accessories used in the film are functional and pivotal. So, one has to watch out for those!