Delhi-based prominent fashion designer, whenever on board, has hit the marquee with his incredible designs. Be it designing for Akshay Kumar in Garam Masala or Abhishek Bachchan&Rani Mukherjee in Bunty Aur Babli or Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai&Don or Abhishek Bachchan starrer Bluffmaster or Vivek-Ash starrer Kyun Ho Gaya Na or the most recent one being Kareena's super cool styling in Tashan (which won Aki great compliments from all the corners) he consistently proved his mettle. He is the one such craftsman whose designs always created Dhoom in fashion bazaar. We have been observing his work for quite some time now and are equally excited for his upcoming release Bachna Ae Haseeno.
When we asked about Bachna Ae Haseeno's styling the adroit designer, Aki says ''Well Bachna Ae Haseeno is a very real, young, contemporary film for which Siddarth Anand briefed me to keep it very vibrant, very trendy and hip. And the good thing was that all the characters came from a very different space particularly the 3 girls&then there was Ranbir Kapoor and it's like a dream cast to work with. It's looking fresh and the promos are also looking good.''
Aki created some of the most fabulous designs in his earlier flicks which are remembered till date. So how Bachna Ae Haseeno.is different in its look and styling as compared to his earlier work and what novelties are we going to see in his designs this time. Says Akki, ''It's absolutely different from any of the other films that I have done. Also most importantly I work very closely to the script that's very much important for me. For me what character an actor is playing that's more important. In this film Ranbir meets 3 girls at 3 different stages of life. So there's Minissha Lamba who plays Mahi, a simple girl from a small town in Amritsar. Keeping that in mind, I have retained the Punjabi element in dressing Minissha with coloured patyalas, kurtis, denim jackets, etc a complete Indo-western look, very young and fresh. At the same time I have given a modern look in that. It was done deliberately because I wanted to keep it a very 'Do it yourself approach' and that's exactly how fashion catches on in the masses for e.g. Babli's Kurtas in Bunty Aur Babli or Shahrukh's attire in Don or Kareena's suspenders in Tashan caught up the demand in fashion world . Talking about Bipasha Basu; she plays Radhika who is very independent girl from Mumbai. So she had to be styled like an independent girl living alone, and my inspiration point was the take-off from my model friends.''
Bipasha happens to be quite experimental when it comes to styling and looks. She is one such actress who sets her own trend. Was she particular about her styling in Bachna Ae Haseeno. Was it easy dealing with her? ''I think it was fantastic styling her,'' quickly replied Aki. He further adds ''Also there is a mutual trust between Bipasha and me, so you know when there happens to be a mutual understanding it becomes a lot easier. It was great fun working with her. She is looking absolutely stunning. With the unique face and body like that and on top of that the kind of attitude which she holds I think it makes her look all the more elite and gorgeous.''
How's Deepika Padukone styled? ''Deepika plays an NRI and she is a taxi-driver in the film. So her attire had to be very functional to the kind of the job she does. So we took a very practical approach for her. And then for the 'Khuda Jaane' song with Ranbir and Deepika I have added a lot of colour. I have broken the myth of Short with sexy; I have given her long chiffon dresses with lot of prints. She looks like a diva and absolutely gorgeous in that song.''
Did he ever felt pressurized working with 3 dazzling Haseenas at the same time? ''Not really'' says Aki ''I have worked on the movies where there have been 2 actresses like for e.g. in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom there was Preity and Lara. And here what was very interesting was that we shot the movie in such a way that we did each chapter first. Be it Ranbir-Deepika or Ranbir-Bipasha or Ranbir-Minissha. So every schedule was almost like working on a different film altogether and every girl came from a different background in the movie like Bipasha is from Mumbai than deepika stays abroad while Minissha's styling was 'Amritsari'. So in all it was a very different approach towards working with each actress and it was a lot of fun. What was challenging is all 3 are different from each other in the film.''
Who was more comfortable to work with on the sets ''All of them. This is the first time I have worked with Ranbir and 3 gorgeous girls. Every time they loved my ideas I came up with. In fact they were pretty excited concerning their new looks. It went all smooth right from the day one. Minnisha has never worn such look, so this would be something new for her. Bipasha was equally thrilled about her look. Deepika after OSO is looking refreshingly different in this film. Yes it was very challenging to make Ranbir look the hottest and sexiest thing ever in the film. So again he is sporting a very beguiling look.'' Says Aki in an excited tone.