Akshay can pull off any dress: Designer

Sep 23, 2010 IANS

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Be it golden hair and a hippie look in 'Tashan', a turban in 'Singh Is Kinng' or now the retro look in 'Action Replayy', Akshay Kumar pulls off every essay with ease and perfection and can never go wrong with his appearance, designer Sabina Khan says.

'It's really not difficult to dress Akshay. He has a great physique, looks great and can look good in anything - be it Indian or western,' Sabina Khan told IANS on the phone from Mumbai.

'I personally feel that he can never be dressed down or go overboard. He pulls off everything nicely,' she added.

Sabina has been designing for Akshay, 43, for the past four years and is also behind his look in the upcoming 'Action Replayy'.

'The character of Akshay goes back and forth in the movie. So from the 1970s, 80s and the 90s you will see him in today's look as well, which is very contemporary,' Sabina explained.

'So, in the movie we have tried three different looks for him, but mostly it is very retro, you can say classic. It is basically a period film, which required a lot of research in terms of designing the complete look of various characters,' she added.

In the movie, Akshay wears colourful clothes starting from red bell-bottoms to a yellow polka-dot shirt, with long hair and long sidelocks as well. Akshay had recently said his long locks in the movie are inspired by Sunil Dutt's in 'Zakhmee'.

While Sabina has taken care of Akshay's wardrobe for the movie, Manish Malhotra has desgined co-star Aishwarya's outfits.

Sabina says there was a lot of brainstorming before coming out with the final look.

'Once we decided how the look of the movie will be, we sat with our respective clients and discussed the ideas and how they will be looking in the movie,' said Sabina.

'In our case, Akshay would get some references and we would discuss his looks; it's basically a normal practice. We do it always as it helps,' added Sabina, who is also designing Akshay's costumes for 'Thank You'.

Sabina also feels it was a bit difficult to work on this project because they had to do a lot of research and had to watch as many as 100 movies to get their act right.

Directed by Vipul Shah, 'Action Replayy' is based on a 1994 Gujarati play of the same name. It is a time-travel comedy capturing Mumbai in the 1970s. The film is slated to hit the screens on Diwali.

To promote 'Action Replayy', Akshay has decided to make all public appearances in the retro style. He will don only retro clothes even while dining out with wife Twinkle. He has asked Sabina to design a full-fledged wardrobe which he can wear over the next few weeks.

'Till this Diwali, I will come only in retro look. I don't think any look has been as good as of the 70s. My favourite hero from the 70s is my father-in-law Rajesh Khanna. He was the superstar then,' said Akshay.

'Action Replayy' will be the fifth time Shah and Akshay are coming together after 'Aankhen', 'Waqt: The Race Against Time', 'Namastey London' and 'Singh Is Kinng'.

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