By Priya Adivarekar
Kunal Rawal is extremely happy with the feedback that he has been getting for Shahid Kapoor’s look in Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, which is up for release this week. Since everyone’s look based on the character they played, he was given the task to create different looks for Kapoor who plays Vishwas Rao in the film. Rawal came up with a palette of colourful silhouettes, bold prints as well as a muted colour palette to reflect Vishwas Rao’s journey from small town to Mumbai.
“Vishwas Rao is a small town boy, who harbours a dream of becoming an actor. In the initial portions, you will see Shahid wearing a lot of neutral coloured shirts with long sleeves, collar T -shirts and pants in muted colours. The look is more local, with easygoing outfits,” stated Rawal. It is only as the film progresses that you get to know more about the character’s passion for cinema and how badly he wants to make it big in Bollywood. At this stage, the audience gets to see glimpses of his aspirations and that’s when his outfits also undergo a change and begins to include fitted denims in bold colours and slim fit shirts. “When Vishwas finally comes down to Mumbai, there is a change in his clothing style as well. He starts wearing outfits that will help him get noticed and get a big break. The colours become funkier and he starts wearing random stuff like flashy accessories. For example: even when Shahid is wearing a cop uniform, he is seen in a pair of reflective blue aviators which are not usually worn by cops.” reveals the designer.
The designer confessed that he took a lot of inspiration from aspiring actors across the city, especially the ones who frequent areas like Juhu, Oshiwara and Lokhandwala for auditions. He also observed newbies who visit sets to meet directors or producers, while waiting in the wings to get a break. Rawal elaborates, “Some aspiring actors wear specific type of outfits, especially fitted clothes to show off their muscles. It’s the whole ‘muscle hain toh dikhao’ attitude. It was interesting to take inspiration from real people like that. I also went through portfolios of aspiring actors to see the kind of outfits they prefer. For some, it’s all about showing off your best assets to get a break.” A huge chunk of outfits in this