Yash Chopra on styling Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri and Katrina


By Hindustan Times

In an interview to a magazine, filmmaker Yash Chopra talks about styling Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri and now, Katrina Reminiscing about his first tryst with direction, veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, in an interview to Vogue India, said: “When I became a director with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959,
I went shopping with my cameraman, assistant director and set designer for every item that was required. I liked to select the props myself because I had a good idea of how I wanted my scenes to look. For my first colour film, Waqt (1965), I went shopping for clothes with actors Bhanu and Sadhana.”

Speaking about his two most popular films, Silsila (1981) and Chandni (1989), he said, “Rekha and I worked hard on Silsila. For the songs, she used most of her own jewellery. While making Chandni, I told Sridevi that most of her costumes would be in white. I reassured her that I wouldn’t make her look like a widow, but her features would be enhanced in white.”

Speaking about heroines that have posed to be the biggest challenge to style, he said, “I couldn’t easily put my finger on how I wanted Madhuri [Dixit] to look in Dil To Pagal Hai. I remember Manish Malhotra created 54 dresses that I rejected before he came up with the simple salwar kameez I approved.” He adds, “Styling Katrina Kaif in my new film is going to be a challenge as she looks beautiful in just about everything. We have to present her differently.”

Speaking about the challenges he faces directing a movie after so many years, he says “The sensibility of the audience has changed completely. The challenge I see before me is making my kind of movie but in today’s language. It took me some time to find a story that suited my temperament; now I need to convey it in a modern way. Adi (Aditya Chopra) is writing the film, and he’s definitely more in touch with the new generation than I am.”