Costume designer and stylist Komal Shahani, who has worked with Tamil superstar Vijay for the third time in forthcoming Tamil actioner “Theri”, says the actor has rocked each of the three different avatars he has sported in the film.
“Vijay sir has this ability to easily mould into any look, and he does that with panache. In ‘Theri’, he sports three different looks, which he pulled off so comfortably, while giving me all the freedom to experiment,” Shahani, who had previously worked in Vijay’s “Thuppakki” and “Jilla”, told Bollywood Country.
In Atlee-directed “Theri”, Vijay plays a police officer and he will also be seen as a doting father.
“For his police look, I customised and tailored the shirts that go with Canali pants. In the father’s role, he will be seen in much softer colours,” she said, assuring that a legion of Vijay’s fans are going to love the different looks in the film.
Shahani had exclusively created a look book for “Theri”.
“For every scene featuring Vijay sir, I had designed a look. There was never going back and forth on deciding any look, because most of the time he liked what I chose and was equally willing to create a new trend,” she said, and added that Vijay’s sunglasses will be the trend-setting element of the movie, which hits the screens worldwide on April 14.
“All the sunglasses were imported, and we used brands like Oliver Peoples, Ray-Ban and Ferrari, besides handmade reflectors from Spain. I travelled a lot, shopped in places like Los Angeles and Spain, to put together the right look for each avatar,” she said.
For the songs, Shahani had to work harder, as the designing part was time-consuming.
“Except ‘Raangu’, I styled Vijay sir in all other songs. For one of the tracks called ‘Chellakutty’, a dream song, I customised draped pants with a long cardigan. The song also features Vijay sir in black embroidered jacket and dhoti pants. It took a month to detail the looks,” she said.
All the jackets Vijay has used in the songs were sourced from Los Angeles.
“We’ve used international brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, G Star and Diesel,” said Shahani, who feels actors across industries, not just Bollywood, have become fashion conscious.
“It’s not just actors, but even directors want their actors to look good on screen. Atlee was so supportive on this project and was open to experimenting with new looks, she said.
Shahani, who hopes to work with Vijay again in his next project, has also worked with Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on advertisements.