WEB DESK: For someone as glamorous as Aishwarya Rai, it surely was a challenge to opt for a very ordinary look in the upcoming movie Sarbjit. From looking absolutely stunning in the beginning of the movie to the de-glam look in the end, Aishwarya handled all like a pro.
In the first look poster of the film, Aishwarya sports a de-glam avatar with spectacles and slight grey hair.
The movie is a biopic of an Indian prisoner held in Pakistan on the accounts of suspected terrorism and attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad in 1990. The character Aishwarya plays is of the sister of the held Indian, Dalbir Kaur.
Kumar said that, “Dalbir is short and small, Ash is taller. But unless you are making a film on an iconic figure like Gandhi or Nehru, you can take such creative liberties. Even Priyanka (Chopra) didn’t look anything like the real Mary Kom. For me it was important to replicate the mannerisms and attitude, not the look, and transform the actress completely. That’s what makes Sarbjit my film,” he asserts.
“I would apply make-up on myself to show Ash how it would look on her,” he said, adding that as she put on weight with the years and fashions changed, her clothes moved from tight-fit to padded, vivid to de-saturated colours and muted prints.
Kumar then worked backwards to determine how her character should look in her younger days:
“In the film you also see Ash as a young, carefree girl, happily married and pregnant, before some personal tragedies slowly bleach out the colors from her face, clothes and the backdrop,” added the director. “The eight months when she has no idea what happened to her brother, add lines of worry which get deeply entrenched when she learns his whereabouts.”
“I also gave her a mole on the left cheek and played with its size. It was my signature dot,” he added.
Sarbjit is all set to hit silver screens on May 20 this year.