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Designer Neeta Lulla breaks silence on Panipat comparisons with Bajirao Mastani. Says can’t change history to make costumes look different.


Ever since the first trailer of Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon starrer Panipat was released people have been comparing its look to that of Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone film, Bajirao Mastani. Meanwhile few people are also calling the film as love child of Padmaavat  and Bajirao Mastani.

Finally in her defence, Panipat’s costume designer Neeta Lulla has said that she can’t change history. “Panipat is set in the same era as Bajirao Mastani. So, how do I change the references? Sadashivrao Bhau [Kapoor’s character] is the nephew of Bajirao Peshwa. Parvati Bai [Sanon’s character] is Sadashivrao’s wife. I cannot change history to make the costumes look different.” She was quoted saying. Clothes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film were designed by Anju Modi and Maxima Basu.

Neeta  also revealed about how the costumes for each character was chosen she said, “We were shooting in the heat and the armour that he wears weighed a ton, but there was no way he could get rid of it. We picked up sarees from Kolhapur and Pune, and then I mixed [the prints] and re-stitched them. We added special touches to her hairdo by way of clips that bore figures of birds and butterflies.”

Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat is based on the third battle of Panipat between Maratha forces, led by Sadashivrao Bhau and Afghan ruler Ahmed Shah Abdali, who was aided by three of his Indian allies — Rohillas Najib-ud-daulah, Afghans of Doab region and Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh. Sanjay Dutt is playing the Afghan king, while Arjun will be seen as Sadashiv and Kriti as his wife, Parvati Bai.