The story behind Shahrukh Khan’s Look in Raees
As the internet is going crazy with the latest Raees trailer, rolling down gathering views, likes, comments and not to mention, truckloads of love, everyone is fascinated with Shahrukh Khan’s look in the film. The actor has unleashed his personality and charm in a quite a different way in this one and needless to say, his look really matters. The hairstyle, the glasses, the surma (kohl) the dressing – everything is magically coming together with his impeccable body language to create a persona of the deadly Gujarati liquor baron who does not hesitate to pick up the shotgun himself and flatten those in his way.
Here is none other than Shahrukh Khan’s stylist Sheetal Sharma giving an insight into his look and how it came about.
On his glasses:
When I heard SRK’s name, I was like, glasses? SRK’s eyes do the talking, so I was apprehensive. But, he loved this idea too. I showed him 10 options and he chose a pair of plastic chashmas I’d bought from a dingy shop in Chor Bazaar. He said it was a bit distorted and not aligned, which suited his character. He said contact lenses has worked for him in Baazigar, and he was game to try eye gear again.
On his surma (kohl)
The brief given to me was that it would be a masculine, manipulative character. I went ahead with kohl eyes for a gritty look. When told about SRK’s casting, I wasn’t sure if he would wear surma, but he readily agreed. When we met for the first time, he got his make-up man and put on the surma, which has now become a hit.
On his clothes:
SRK told me to keep things as organic as I could. So, I referred to old photo albums of my friends from Gujarat. I wanted to know how their grandparents dressed. I have used terricot, teriwool and velvet fabrics, which are not used anymore. I shopped for it from Ahmedabad, Surat and Junagarh. SRK would wear them, stretch in them, sit in them and say ‘let them take the shape of my body’.
On his Taweez:
The film shows a strong bond between his character and his mother. For a symbolic effect, we thought of a taweez (locket) on the arms, but it was cliched. Later, Shah Rukh showed us a pendant – his lucky charm – which he never worn in any of his films. There is an aayat (verse) from Quran inscribed on it and a photo of his parents.
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