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I Enjoy Dressing Up, Like Western Wear and Ethnic Aesthetic Too

Deccan Chronicle.| Nivi Shrivastava

Published on: September 20, 2023 | Updated on: September 20, 2023

With the spotlight firmly on her, the actress discusses her fashion inspirations and industry icons in an exclusive interview

Sobhita Dhulipala. (Image:DC)

Sobhita Dhulipala. (Image:DC)

Basking in the glory of Made in Heaven season 2, Sobhita Dhulipala is happy as a clam and busy lapping up new endorsements in full swing. The Bollywood beauty recently walked as a showstopper for ‘The Wedding Tales’ fashion show at the DLF Mall of India and slayed a bridal look in a deep red and gold embroidered lehenga by designer Ritu Kumar. Praised for her stunning Indian features and glamorous on-screen presence, Sobhita spills the bean on her fashion favourites and idols from the industry in an exclusive interview...

Runway diva

The actress, who hails from Vizag, mentions that after shooting two seasons of Made in Heaven in the capital, the city now feels like home. She says, "Delhi has always been good news for me, and now my sister is also married and has moved to the capital so it’s pretty awesome to come here. I feel great to be part of ‘The Wedding Tales’ campaign as a show stopper and walk in this gorgeous designer outfit to unveil the wedding trends. There’s a huge list of Indian designers that I admire, and Ritu Kumar is surely one of them."

After portraying the astute wedding planner and serving some ultra-glam wedding looks in MIH, many fans have been speculating about her wedding plans too. When asked how she would visualize herself as a bride, Sobhita replies, "I don’t know what kind of bride I’d be, but I think that at the end of the day a wedding should be enjoyed and lived and felt truly. Brides should pick clothes that make them feel beautiful but also they should feel like themselves on the big day."

Handloom lover

Sobhita’s love for styling Indian wear, especially saris, is very evident from her public appearance and social media posts. While she often shares glam looks with her over five million followers on Instagram, she takes pride in buying handloom instead of foreign brands. Speaking about her style, she mentions, "I enjoy dressing up, I feel like I have two fashion personalities that I alternate between. I enjoy the vintage and ethnic aesthetic and I also like the modern Western wear that is easy flowing and feels comfortable. There is great joy in trying everything, and my recent journey has been about learning more about Indian fabrics and textiles."

Adding further, "I shop from a lot of handloom global houses and I really love collecting clothes that are handmade by weavers. India has a very strong heritage when it comes to textiles and handicrafts, and I have a personal interest in it so I love buying such fabrics. I like to know how it’s made, and how it gets processed, and that’s something that excites me a lot. I visit a lot of handloom stores and meet weavers, I am hoping to go to Banaras to explore the weavers’ community there."   

Meeting the Icons

The Ponniyin Selvan: I and II actress, recently posted about winning the ‘Versatile Actor of the Year’ for her role as Tara, and wrote on Instagram, "This really is a win for female characters written with depth and dimension. Characters like Tara that are so full of life and charge."(SIC). At this award ceremony, she also met legendary actress Rekha and shared a post on her calling her a ‘hero’. Sharing the video with her idol, she mentioned on her Instagram story with a caption, "When you receive love from your hero, a part of you changes forever. The child in you, becomes a song. This was one such moment :) With the one and only." (SIC) Talking about her style inspirations from the film industry, she says, "I strongly feel there are few actresses, who have great style and personality, and Rekhaji is one of them. For me, she is an icon, an unmatched original diva. I also like Zeenat Amanji, who complimented me for Made In Heaven. These are people I have always admired, and when they have such kind things to say and love to give, it feels very special."

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