When it comes to dressing, Rahman trusts his wife: Vijayeta Kumar (Interview)

February 23rd, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Slumdog MillionaireNew Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Even though maestro A.R. Rahman has proved he has impeccable music sense - as is evidenced by his twin Oscars, when it comes to following fashion trends, he completely trusts his wife Saira Banu, says his stylist Vijayeta Kumar.
“He is a very simple person and doesn’t believe in doing anything flashy. He is not at all brand conscious and blindly depends on Saira for the final call,” Vijayeta Kumar told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

“The reason behind this is that Saira is more aware and keeps herself updated about the latest trends,” she added.

This Mumbai-based stylist who is also a filmmaker has been associated with Rahman for over a year now. She had met him on the sets of a musical show “Mission Ustad” on 9X, for which she was the stylist.

Rahman’s wife got in touch with Kumar after the show and since then she has been designing for the maestro at various concerts and award functions.

“Both of them are so amazing and down to earth. They are wonderful. It’s been a wonderful experience and after his win at the Oscars, Rahman has proved that he is the best,” Kumar said.

Rahman bagged the Oscars for best original score in “Slumdog Millionaire” and its theme song “Jai Ho”.

At the Oscars, Rahman was wearing a black Lanvin tuxedo and for the live performance he wore Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s creation - a black sherwani.

“The red carpet dressing is very strict so we were very clear from the beginning that he is going to wear a tuxedo. There was no question of opting for any Indian attire or repeating any outfit,” Kumar explained.

“We zeroed in for Sabyasachi for the sherwani because he is the best. We had to make sure that Rahman was wearing something comfortable while performing. So what better than a sherwani and that too a Sabyasachi,” she added.

Was it a coincidence that both Rahman and Saira were wearing black?

“Both of them just love black. So it was a conscious decision,” Kumar maintained.

Elaborating on Rahman’s style statement, Kumar said: “It is very easy to dress him because he doesn’t believe in brands. He gives importance to comfort levels.”

“He is a jeans and shirt man. Sometimes he wears kurtas with churidars also,” she added.

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