The premise of Pad Man drew inspiration from Arunachalam Muruganantham, who happens to be ‘The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land’ in Twinkle Khanna’s second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Arduous research on her end led to Mrs. Funnybones producing a film which features her husband and superstar Akshay Kumar alongside actresses Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Radhika Apte. Not only did the R. Balki directorial initiate a conversation around the stigma and taboo attached to menstruation, but it also attracted notices on a global level including the likes of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and the prestigious Oxford University.
In the biographical drama, Sonam plays a Delhi-based Pari Walia, an MBA student, and a tabla player. Her deglamourised look is in sync with her character, which is one of the main talking points about the film. Her looks were curated and put together by stylist-costume designer Theia Tekchandaney, who has earlier collaborated with Sonam during Neerja.
While a total of 28 costumes were conceptualized and created for Sonam, we have picked our seven best that can make for a quirky addition to your wardrobe:
Falling back on the tried and tested classic formula, a white kurta with matching pants is the way to go on those dull and boring weekdays! Breaking the monotony of the all-blanc outfit is the printed red scarf that not only adds a pop of colour but also adds freshness. Pair it with a mojidi or a kolhapuri and you are ready to rock!
Pad Man’s Pari is an aspiring CEO, but she is also conservative for she deploys her talent at the grassroots level. This particular ensemble Sonam wore during the exhibition blends in both the elements smoothly – modern yet traditional. A printed kurta with pants while the scarf is a deal-breaker and the Kolhapuri is so ethnic.
This one here seems like a marriage between comfort and thrown-together. A beige kurta with red leggings is so vintage, add to that the glasses. But it is the printed dupatta and the neckpiece that steers clear of the typical feel.
Lovers of minimalism and mix-and-match will root for Sonam’s wardrobe in the film! Especially this beautiful blue kurta that translates the happiness shared between Pari and Laxmikant during this scene on the screen. Staying true to her roots, she has the leather chappals and glasses to scream simplicity.
Pari is a MBA student but a tabla player as well. Both these elements are very significantly made visible in her outfits. The combination of contemporary but cultured makes us want to steal this jeans-kurta-scarf look! So chic and casual.
This one is from the scene where Sonam and Akshay’s characters are travelling in a bullock cart and bid farewell to villagers with a wide grin of victory. There is nothing in sync yet everything feels in place – the outfit and the scene, both.
The most defining turn in Laxmikant’s life comes with the President’s honour. This Vrisa outfit is a far cry from boring but also belongs to the decade of the past.
Stitched majorly out of Indian fabrics, Sonam’s looks have been an amalgamation of what India-meets-World looks like. Honest, gorgeous and comfortable!
Which of these looks is your favourite one? Share your views in the comments section.
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