Samidha Wangnoo On Being A Costume Designer For Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Every Friday release comes up with its own share of expectations, box office ratings, and critical reviews. But here at MFG, what we are most concerned about is not how a script makes or breaks a movie or how the actors perform, but every sartorial detail of the film. Be it the costumes, styling, and makeup of the characters involved in the movie or a star’s off-duty ensembles on promotional gigs, we spot, review, and even get in touch with the people behind-the-scenes who help build an actor’s style file both on and off screen.
When you have some of the most good looking and talented actors from the industry playing a part in the same narrative, the expectations are obviously sky-high. And that’s exactly why Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one the most talked about films of the year, Despite the controversies this movie has been part of, film buff or not, everyone’s been waiting in anticipation to witness the film on the silver screen. And finally, ADHM has hit the theatres today. Keeping at bay all the cheering and critiquing, MFG decided to get in touch with some of the behind-the-scene stars of the film. We got in touch with Samidha Wangnoo, stylist and costume designer for Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, to give us some insight to the film’s look and feel of the character. Excerpts from an interview.
1. Tell me a little about your treatment of styling and designing for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?
2. Can you specify a little more on Fawad’s character in the film, and how you styled him for the same?
3. Styling someone in reality vs styling a character, tell me a little about how different the two are keeping in mind this particular film?
4. You’ve worked on different genres of films… Udaan, Agent Vinod, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and more. Given how different Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is, tell us how your different was your methodology of styling and designing?
5. From your past films, do you recall any iconic fashion moments that you think made a huge impact on people?
6. Any movies that you find inspirational when it comes to on-point costume designing and styling?
I like it when the costumes blend in to form the narrative of the film. In the recent past, the only movies that I can think of that really looked great in terms of costumes is Bajirao Mastani and Ram-Leela. Bajirao Mastani more so…. I loved everything about the film as far as costumes and styling are concerned. It was really inspirational.
7. Can you name some of your upcoming film projects?
While I do styling and designing for both commercials and films, as of now, I have not signed any movie projects that I can talk about.