This week we speak to costume designer Komal Mundada whose film Bullett Raja will soon hit cinemas
I started my career when I was 20 and my first film was Aashiq Banaya Aapne. Actually, I was an assistant but the director liked my work and asked me to come on board. I was lucky to start my career independently and land an entire project. That film helped me understand how to work, how to manage people and design.
I don’t know which film to call my turning point but I learnt a lot from Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti. All he has to do is give me a brief and I immediately understand what he wants. It might not be turning point as such, but I would call Raajneeti one of the toughest projects I have done because I was doing the costumes for the leading stars, supporting cast and the crowd. In other words, I designed the costumes for 7,000-8,000 people.
Then, the costumes have to also match the backdrop. In Raajneeti, everyone was playing a politician but they had to look different. Like, Arjun Rampal wore kurta-pajama and sports shoes because he was always attending rallies. Ranbir Kapoor got a very classy look. For Katrina Kaif, I designed two sketches, one before she got married and the other after she became a neta.
On Bullett Raja
I have wanted to work with Tigmanshu Dhulia for a long time. What I like about directors like Prakash Jha and Tigmanshu Dhulia is that they are very earthy. They give you a brief and then you’re on your own. For Bullett Raja, Saif (Ali Khan) plays a goon from UP and I had to designed his character accordingly. Saif is so elegant that it’s hard to make him look like a goon. But we worked on his look and costumes, and gave him that look. These films are very earthy and the costumes easily connect with small-town people. Films like this give you the space to experiment.
I believe one single designer should sketch the entire look because when you have multiple designers working on the costumes for the stars, it becomes more about the star’s look. When one person designs, he or she works according to what the script demands. Since our films are more real today, costumes play a very important role in them.