In 'Padmaavat' Deepika's weight was equal to 10 potato sacks, it took 3 hours to get ready

Ananya Shroff
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Before bringing any film on screen, the producer and director have to work very hard. Many times so much money is spent on location and clothes in the film that the budget of the film also becomes very big. But, there are some films which are always known for their costumes.

A similar incident was shown by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his film 'Padmaavat' in 2018. In which the clothes and jewellery worn by Deepika Padukone were much talked about. These were so heavy that it took the actress 3 hours to get ready wearing them.

If the weight of 10 sacks of 10 kg potatoes is measured, then Deepika would have been heavier than that at that time. Even the best of men would break into a sweat just by wearing it. So let's know how Deepika's Rani Padmavati's clothes were prepared. (Photo courtesy: Instagram @rimpleandharpreet)

This designer duo made clothes in 2 years

For this film, Bhansali had chosen designer duo Rimple Narula and Harpreet. This was their first Bollywood project and they were asked to create more than 100 looks for the three main characters. It took them 2 years to create them. It is said that during the shooting of the film, Deepika weighed 58 kg, but when she used to come in the look of Rani Padmavati during the shooting, the combined weight of the jewellery and clothes would become more than 100 kg. Despite this, she used to work for hours in these clothes.

Ghagra was ready in 2 months

Rimple and Harpreet used Rajasthan's traditional Mukka work along with handmade Kasab embroidery and Kachi Patti work in Deepika's Ghaghra. The help of artisans from different parts of Rajasthan was taken for 2 months to make it. At the same time, the artisans of Nayla of Jaipur did the work of Gota Lafa on the outermost layer of the Ghaghra.

Handwoven Kota cotton fabric was chosen for the drape and the design was made using 16th century lehriya prints. It was then worked and embroidered with gold thread along with silk thread.

Jewellery was made from 400 kg gold

Jewellery was made from 400 kg gold

Deepika's clothes were heavy, but to give her a royal look, her jewellery was also kept heavy. According to reports, 400 kg of gold was used to make these jewellery. This was melted and jewellery weighing about 20 kg was made. These were beautifully decorated with every outfit of Deepika.

This is how the Gota patti work and dyeing was done

This is how the Gota patti work and dyeing was done

The Gota Patti border on Deepika's royal dupatta was made by Nayla and Jaipur artisans. It was not made from plastic wire, but the artisans were given zari and badla wires to make it. Due to which its look came out as beautiful as the work done in the olden times.

Not only that, all the costumes were dyed using natural methods to make them look like they were from that era. For example, pomegranates and roses were used, and tea was used to show mud stains on some clothes.

It used to take Deepika 3 hours to get ready

It used to take Deepika 3 hours to get ready

Designer Rimple Narula had said that she tried to keep the costumes from being heavy, but while creating the style of that era, weight gain was inevitable. The story was of the 11th-12th century, so all the embroidery was done by hand, like Muke Ka Kaam, Pakko Bharat, Gokaru, Salma and Sitara. Also, the fabric was chosen in such a way that air could pass through it. But, Indian costumes have Ghaghra and Odhna, which unintentionally becomes heavier than Western costumes.

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