Priyanka Chopra who plays the first wife of Peshwa Baji Rao in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, revealed her role as Kashibai. The actress mentioned that her role has been challenging, and like all Bhansali films, his forthcoming project is an extravagant mega-budget.
The look for the actor’s character took over a year to be carefully detailed with the traditional costumes to be sourced from Nagpur, Nashik and Pune. Priyanka will be seen wearing more than 85 Navvaris (11-meter-long Maharashtrian style saree) in the film.
A source told DNA, “In Bajirao Mastani, PC plays typical Peshwa wife, will wear nose rings (handpicked from Nashik and Pune) and will look as dignified as he status demands. She will wear the traditional Marathi sari, the Navvari (11 meters; Peshwin style). Throughout the film, she will be seen wearing over 85 navvaris sourced from various places by the film’s stylist Anju Modi.”
Anju Modi who previously designed the costumes for Bhansali’s Ram-Leela, spoke about the process of putting the outfits together.
“I started work on the film in April last year. I travelled to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and visited Paithan in Aurangabad. I also visited the Shivaji Museum and made a few trips to Pune to do my own research on the clothes and jewellery.”
Anju chose to have the saris in colours of rose pink, marigold yellow, sea green, fuchsia pink, aqua blue, blood red and ivory. The designer says, “The sarees were difficult to source as they aren’t available now. Also, we wanted bright colours as Priyanka’s character is that of a young, confident woman.”
The stylist also hand picked Maratha jewellery – mostly from Pune, “We have also picked up different kind of nathnis and shelas. Shelas are an integral part of the Maratha woman’s wardrobe,” Anju says.
Talking about her experience of working on the film, Anju said, “It was an eye-opener for me to work on this film as I had never been exposed to Maratha jewellery. Priyanka too was extremely interested and involved with the look and personally looked into her clothes.”
Bajirao Mastani is a period-drama based on the love story of warrior Peshwa Baji Rao (played by Ranveer Singh) and his second wife Mastani (played by Deepika Padukone).