Manikarnika: Debut of Amrapali Jaipur Jewelleryby Opinion Express January 19, 2019 0 comments
Any film that showcases the rich Indian legacy and heritage, has to begin with antique ornaments. It’s something that the ancient rulers had cherished the most. Films like Jodha Akbar, Baahubali, Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani are a few examples.
Well, with film — Manikarnika, The Queen of Jhansi — a yet another jeweller has come to fore. Amrapali Jaipur is the official designer for all the jewellery that the characters in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer wear.
Tarang Arora, creative director, says that the pieces derive inspiration from the Maratha grandeur and the 19th century. He said, “According to the briefs given by the costume designer Neeta Lulla and production house about the look, we have developed motifs which are a combination of the flora and fauna found in Maratha region as well as Jhansi.”
He said that the entire collection has been specially made to create the fierce, dual persona of the fearless warrior and queen, Rani Laxmi Bai. “Each piece has been handcrafted to achieve the preciseness and quality that the film had demanded,” said he.
As per the designers, the film’s script was decoded to create jewellery that “elevates the visual journey for the viewer and lends credibility to the characters.”
It took around 1.5 years and 30 karigars (craftsmen) to create an expansive collection of 955 pieces in approximately 700 different styles. From royal sarpechs, delicate hair and nose pins to extravagant head ornaments, the jewellery was handcrafted in gold-plated silver and studded with semi-precious and precious stones.
“Our designers and artisans have worked tirelessly for over a year to achieve the desired aesthetics that the script demanded,” said Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera, co-founders.
The price of the ornaments range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 40,000.
Along with Kangana, the rest of the film’s cast will also be seen wearing the jewellery.
Writer and Courtesy: The Pioneer