Q&A | Arjun Bhasin

Few costume designers can claim to have styled Amitabh Bachchan and Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson and Katrina Kaif, or worked with Oscar-nominated film-makers and cutting-edge Indian directors. Arjun Bhasin has zigzagged the globe costuming characters in films as diverse as Monsoon Wedding, Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Life of Pi. Hours before he left for a screening of The Reluctant Fundamentalist in London, Bhasin told us what he learnt from Ang Lee and why Nair is particular about the colour palettes of costumes. Edited excerpts:

How different were the briefs from Ang Lee and Mira Nair for their respective films?

Tabu’s costumes in Life of Pi are in warm hues.
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