Recently, Neeta Lulla took to Instagram to narrate her part of the story, about how she created the clothes for the song in just two-and-a-half hours. She reminisced the time when director Yash Chopra called her at the last minute and asked her to get the outfits ready for the shoot. She wrote, “I sat down with them and they said an outfit was required to shoot a Tandav montage which involved wearing the Amrapali, I said sure no problem to that he said in two and a half hrs as it was the last day of shoot,”.
The designer went on to say, “I called my workshop (had to call from the set as there were no mobiles and no assistants then) to inform that I was in a way to get an urgent outfit ready, we happened to have some white Lycra in the workshop so master started with the under layer, on the way I picked up white chiffon and lining and we got the dress ready in exactly the time given and the shoot happened.”
According to Lulla, “Yashji knew exactly what he wants, but he gave me a levy as a young designer and stylist to take certain creative liberty for the outfits when we were shooting the songs… I wanted to give the sarees a kind of freshness with plain chiffon teaming them with modern blouse with western cuts and details like off shoulders, halters making it a trendsetter of its time!” She says, in accordance with the Juhi’s character from the movie, she had to create a style that not only strayed away from the traditional “Indian girl-next-door” look, but also projected “an aspirational contemporary look”(sic).
Photo courtesy: Yash Raj Films