Designing for period dramas more enjoyable: Neerushaa

Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) History student Neerushaa, who has designed costumes for shows like “Maharana Pratap”, “Kuch To Log Kahenge” and “Mahadev”, enjoys working on period dramas despite facing limitations.

“If someone is a creative person, he or she will enjoy these shows more than a normal social drama. Of course, there are limitations here, which is probably not there in a normal drama. You have to maintain royalty and originality at the same time,” Neerusha told IANS.

Research plays a very important role in such shows.

“I am a history student, so it is a close connection for me. If I have a Rajasthan-based subject, (I have to keep in mind that) each king used to have a different turban. It is something where you can’t go wrong. Mughal and Rajput costumes have a fine difference. We have done a lot of research for these shows,” she said.

Currently working on “Maharana Pratap”, which will go on air Monday on Sony, she said: “It was a tough time line. We have created the costumes in 15 days.”

Talking about the costumes, she said: “No costume is less than a lakh (of rupees). The jewellery, which we have used, is close to original uncut diamonds. I hope people like it,” she said.

However, one thing is common between period drama and contemporary show – the first look, she feels.

“The first thing that makes a difference is a visual treat. Visual treat can be art direction and costume. How your characters look is the first step towards liking a show. Obviously this is up to the designer to create such a look,” Neerushaa said.

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