By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, May 25, 2007
When Neeta Lulla designed Aishwarya Bachchan mehendi and wedding outfits recently, little did she know that a crazy fan would love the outfits so much she would harass Lulla every single day to design the same outfits for her on own wedding.
Says Neeta, "I'm often invited as a guest lecturer to various fashion institutions across India, and at one such event organised by the International School of Fashion Designing (ISFD) in Surat, I came across a girl called Kaveri.
She had come with a strange request and I brushed it off the first time. Later, she came and met me in Ahmedabad too.
Her request? She wanted the same peach-coloured lehenga and golden yellow sari that Ash had worn at her mehendi and wedding ceremonies!"
Kaveri has told Neeta that she is getting married in the next few weeks and is willing to shell out any amount for a replica of the outfits. Says Neeta, "I had to refuse. It's our policy to never duplicate bridal outfits. It's a one-of-a-kind outfit for a bride on her special day."
But Kaveri doesn't want no for an answer, and now the harassment has started. Says Neeta, "She came to meet me again in Nagpur and created a scene there.
She said she would do anything to have the same design and she's been at it consistently. She is a hardcore fan of Ash and just has to have the same outfits!
She calls my showroom, office and home. Initially, I smiled it off but now it's become irritating. I have finally stopped taking her calls. It's very weird and harrowing."
Neeta, who is extremely pleased by the reaction her outfits have got, says she hasn't met Ash and told her about the fan's obsession.
"I am very happy about the reaction but this is the first time that so much pressure has been put on me by a crazy fan," says the designer who has designed the entire look and done the styling for Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha Akbar.
The golden yellow sari that Ash wore at the wedding cost over a lakh. The Kanjeevaram sari was selected by Ash herself, but Neeta reworked it using Swarovski crystals and pure gold threads.
At the mehndi, she wore a peach-coloured lehenga with full threadwork. There was no jewellery. Ash used only fresh flowers as accessories.
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