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'Mahanati' costumes took 100 artisans over a year to make: Gaurang Shah

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The costumes of "Mahanati", a biopic on legendary Savitri, took 100 artisans and over a year to make, says who is making his debut as a with the project.

Shah delved into the past of Savitri, played by in the film, interacting with people and industry folks for months for his research,

It took more than 6 months of research and over a year for weaving, texturing and colouring to get the look of right by Shah who as a grew up awed by vintage fashion traditions of India, ancient artistry, priceless heirlooms and treasures of history.

"The shooting of the movie went on for one year, and the weaving process was uninterrupted. The whole progression took more than a year and a half from the inception of the costumes to the conclusion of the last shoot," the told IANS in an e-mail, who has designed for the likes of Vidya Balan, and many more.

"Mahanati", the Indian biographical written and directed by Nag Ashwin, is based on the life of South Indian who appeared mainly in Telugu and Tamil language films but also worked in Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films. She was also the recipient of the Rashtrapati Award and was honoured at the International Festival of

"Mahanati" has been filmed simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages and also stars and in the lead roles.

Presented by Vyjayanthi Movies and produced by Priyanka Dutt of Swapna Cinema, the trilingual is slated for release on May 9 across Indian and global theatres.

On recreating Priyanka and Nag Ashwin's vision of "Mahanati", Shah said: "For fashioning the design-to-life look of and capturing her journey in different moods and sequences in the film, I and my team kept in mind the sensibilities of the including elements such as the choice of fabric, types and textures."

The also says that "it is my debut act collaborating with a of this scale"

"It gave me a challenging opportunity to showcase Indian saris with great pomp, yet with fantastic simplicity, it carries through the journey of legendary

"I wanted to ensure that we don't go wrong in capturing the and his vision of being absolutely authentic in recreating the magic of in her biopic 'Mahanati'. It was a perfect project for my debut in creating costumes for a beautiful biopic," said the

Tremendous research has gone behind every that Savitri's character will be wearing in the

"We sourced heavy silk fabrics from different parts of like Kanchipuram, Benares which were enhanced with kota, mangalgiri and block prints that were then handcrafted in our looms by a dedicated team of more than 100 local artisans.

"While we used tones that carry a lot of radiance and associated with awe feminine character, we also had to balance it with traditional at-that-era of colours, since outfits were all about simplicity, grandeur," said the

Shah explored and recreated textiles to weave Savitri's journey from her childhood to her passing away.

"From mangalgiri's and kota's with prints for her growing days, to heavy brocades, silks, organza's and handwoven sateen's, chiffons for her golden era to subtle rendition for her later life, my team travelled extensively to museums and recreated the textiles of that time. Each and every detail of the textile, design, texture and colour were studied and artisans were guided to recreate it," said the

(Nivedita can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 15:06 IST
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