Deepika in Rustic-Desi Avatar in “Raam Leela”


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited movie – Ram Leela is all set to release soon in the coming month. It is a Bollywood romantic-drama directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the main lead. The film is inspired by Shakespeare’s epic love story Romeo and Juliet, set in violent times.


Deepika is playing the role of a young, daring and rebellious Gujarati girl and her she is all dressed in a traditional rustic style. All credit goes to popular designer Anju Modi who has designed Deepika’s gorgeous Gujarati outfits for her traditional look in the movie. The designer is known for giving traditional styles to a modern look.


“The costumes have played the major role to define the character. I have traveled to some remote villages of Gujarat and quite a number of remote places as part of her research” says Anju Modi. To Deepika’s look in the movie the designer says  “Though set in a village in Gujarat, Deepika’s character is very refreshing and has a lot of modern shades to it. Deepika has a cell phone. I have kept all these aspects in mind. I have designed around 20-25 outfits over one-and-a-half years. I used all the hand-looms and designs famous in Gujarat.”




She has used lots of vibrant colors with hues of red and maroons. Her collection includes beautiful printed ghera lehenga’s of Gujarat with amazing hand work of buttis, beads and bandhini; teaming up with chic backless choli’s. Her designs reflect a perfect mix of creativity, tradition, aesthetic design and comfort in the movie.

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Speaking about the lehenga she sports in the poster weighed a whopping 30 kgs. It has a 50 meter ghera designed by Anju Modi, who went out of her way to bring the intricacies of Kutch.

“Sanjay and I were very clear about the look we wanted to give Deepika. So, while the lehengas had to reflect the royal lineage of the Kutch region, they also had to have a very contemporary feel as Ram Leela is not a period drama,” says talented designer Anju Modi in an interview.

She further adds, “No one else could have carried it as gracefully as she does. She is slim-waisted, tall and looks gorgeous in this avatar. Dressing her up in this style has been a dream come true,”


The designer says she has to work really hard in the movie for Deepika’s wardrobe to meet Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s exacting standards. Anju Modi has been an integral part of the Indian Fashion Industry and have started her label in 1990. Her collection is incensed with passion, romance & innocent seduction.  Ranveer Singh is being paired opposite to Deepika in the movie, who is also rumored to be dating Padukone in real life. The actor said that they were destined to star  together in the tragic love story.Ram Leela is scheduled to release in November.


What do you think… Deepika’s  look in the movie is a HIT or a Miss?

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