Most memorable characters that are portrayed on celluloid, grab our attention through their larger-than-life persona, through the punch line dialogues that provide a rush of adrenaline or gives us goosebumps, or simply through their signature, inimitable style.
However, one important feature that is present in a rather subtle form and yet seamlessly merges into the character’s palette, is the costume. A perfectly designed costume makes the character that much more relatable and real on screen, believes costume designer Eka Lakhani.
Over the years, Lakhani has worked in Bollywood films such as ‘Sanju’, ‘NH10’, ‘Ok Jaanu’, ‘Soorma’, and ‘The Sky is Pink’ apart from South Indian films like ‘Urumi’, ‘Ok Kanmani’, ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’, ‘Iru Mugan’ and ‘24’. She has worked with well-known film directors like Mani Ratnam, Raju Hirani and Karan Johar, to name a few.
“Designing a perfect costume for a character is just as impactful as delivering a punch line dialogue. Fashion enthusiasts, who aim to explore the world of costume designing, especially in Bollywood, can now learn the nuances of the craft via online masterclasses. They can understand the difference between fashion design and costume design, the process of preparing costumes for a film, finding the resonance of the character and the costume via script reading and characterisation,” explains Eka.