Dhoom 3: Body of work
Fetish dressing, innerwear as outerwear and spandex—how the ‘Dhoom’ franchise got even slicker
Q&A | Anaita Shroff Adajania
She has styled all the three Dhoom films over a span of nine years (the first released in 2004), delivering some of the sexiest bikers and thieves in Hindi films. Director Karan Johar, she says, referred to her work in Dhoom and Dhoom: 2 as a masterclass in styling.
How has styling ‘Dhoom’ changed over the years?
Dhoom was the first film I styled after which I saw that what happens on the screen has the power to dictate trends. John Abraham, though he is a biker, was more of a jeans and chappals kind of guy. But his character in the film had leather jackets and after the film released I was shocked to see the number of boys wearing biker jackets on Marine Drive (in Mumbai).
Perhaps what has changed most from Dhoom 1 to Dhoom 3 is that people are more aware, things are more easily accessible and the choice is vast now, the Internet has become so much more important for sourcing and figuring out what to buy from where, and I have a bigger budget. Katrina has worn Christian Louboutin shoes, I have used jewellery from House of Chic, some of the clothes have a bordello-style look and I have shopped from brands that specialize in these as well as from (Japanese designer) Atsuko Kudo.
‘Dhoom: 2’ was a burst of colours, ‘Dhoom: 3’ looks muted in comparison...
Dhoom: 2 was set in Rio, Brazil. Adi (Aditya Chopra, the producer) told me, “Give me the hottest people I have ever seen,” and that is the brief I worked with.
In Dhoom: 3 the mood is a little “broody” and the movie is set largely in Europe. But there are colours. Katrina has worn acid yellow, reds and whites. Also, remember Katrina is a performance artiste in the film and she will be seen in lots of latex/spandex. Dhoom: 3 is definitely a slicker film.
I like to work with some materials over and over again so you will see denim in Dhoom: 3 too. Outside the songs, Katrina will be seen in denim dungarees as Aishwarya was seen in casuals. The concept of wearing swimwear with a spin came with Dhoom: 2. When Aishwarya wore the blue swimsuit with a white inner lining with a white skirt, it was something new that I was trying. These days wearing lingerie outside or innerwear as outerwear is an international trend, and some of Katrina’s outfits in songs are showcasing this. Another thing that you will see is the influence of fetish dressing. This is a new theme for me to work with. Some of the international brands such as Atsuko Kudo are fantastic in this genre.
Some of the themes are recurring too, fringing and tassels for one.
As I said earlier I like to work with some materials and ideas over and over again and yes, fringing is one of these. You saw them on Esha, then on Aishwarya (on her boots) and on Katrina in Race and now in Dhoom: 3 too. Esha’s skirts were denim and straight fits, but with Aishwarya we used panels and we have done that with some of Katrina’s skirts too.
We worked at bronzing the girls in the Dhoom films, something that had not been done before. I also like working with 3D embellishments so you will see them in all the three films. But whatever I do, the character is kept in mind and it’s not just about following a trend blindly.
Skirts seem to be missing from ‘Dhoom: 3’.
Yes, hot pants is what Katrina will be seen in mostly because she is an acrobat and they suit the character more.
What will be Katrina’s answer to the black catsuit that Aishwarya wore in ‘Crazy Kiya Re’?
Aishwarya’s character in the film was more feline, a cat on the move, a thief. Also, Aishwarya had to have the “biker chick” glam look. The bodysuit and her styling was done keeping that in mind. Katrina’s character is a performance artiste. She is an acrobat, a ballerina in the film. She is a showgirl. That’s why her bodysuit had to be more dramatic. You will see her in a black slashed corset which has elements of bondage dressing, with buckles, bandages and pronounced bra top. And of course the boots are all leather and almost to the top of her thighs.
I have not styled Aamir Khan for this film. But Abhishek Bachchan’s look changed from the first movie to the second. No more glasses for him, the shirts become less loose, and the jackets were different. Uday Chopra was not really a cop in the first one but become a sort of an “under cop” by the second film, so he could not look totally like the tapori (vagabond) he did in the first film. His styling was based on a character I knew. He had to have an earring, bandannas, and the ganjis (vests) had to be dirty.
Hrithik Roshan is Mr Perfect. He wanted his character’s styling to live up to his expectations. I burnt his outfits, rubbed them in dirt and he wore all of that without a protest. I also told him five days before the song (Dhoom Machale from Dhoom: 2) was to be shot that I want him be in an open shirt, no buttons and really low jeans, and he delivered the most exciting body for me to work with in that time period.
That is something that every one of the actors with the Dhoom films has done: Give me, as the stylist, a very good body to work with.
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