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Padmaavat: Aditi Rao Hydari floored as Rekha praises her performance as Mehrunissa

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Mumbai: Deepika Padukone is being praised for her gorgeous look as Ranisa Padmavati in ‘Padmaavat’, but there was one more begum who ruled hearts of the audience with her innocent looks and that is Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunissa.

Aditi plays the role of daughter of Jalaluddin Khilji and a wife of Sultan Alaudin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus. The movie has been through a lot of controversies from Karni Sena. So, the Padmaavat team did not get to promote their film due to protest.

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Most of us were mesmerised by the looks and acting of Deepika and Ranveer, but besides these two one performance that cannot miss all the attention is of Aditi Rao Hydari’s.


She shared a picture on her social media account where she is thanking Bhansali saying that, “Thank you for making me your #Mehrunisa Sanjay sir… thank you @sudeepdop dada for your magic, you’ve spoilt me!”

Thank you for making me your #Mehrunisa Sanjay sir… thank you @sudeepdop dada for your magic, you’ve spoilt me! @rimple_harpreet_narula you’ve created a look that will be remembered forever… @preetisheel so much of the love for mehru is because of you… thaaaaank you godmother @shobhasant you’re a Rockstar and super special @soodpranav You’ve been the rock that one needs through shoot, while my head and ears and nose hurt especially 😂!!! @sarasmenon I missed you but thank you for the time you were on set and looked after me… tushar, jahanavi, abhi, Abhinandan… the whole ultra hard work king team… love you peeps! Mehrunisa is special in every way and I feel blessed to have been picked to play her. Sanjay sir you should be cherished! Eternally! #Mehrunisa #Padmavat #Blessed

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Designer Rimple and Harpreet Narula had shared Aditi’s beautiful picture and wrote in the post: “Given Mehru’s nomadic Turkish origins, we did a lot of research on the costumes and textiles of the belt, right from Afghanistan and the Khyber-Pakhtoon to Kazakhistan to the central Asia belt around Turkey. Her transition from a tribal princess to the Queen of the Delhi Sultanate gave us the opportunity to come up with a melange of attire that was both rustic as well as royal. Her journey across the sun-kissed stark landscapes of pebbles, sand and stone to the palaces of Delhi, hues of the desert sunrise and the inky blues and blacks of the desert night rendered a very strong colour pallete over which we juxtaposed various elements, motifs and techniques to establish both her odyssey as well as the vast empire she became the queen of.

Our own travels also came in handy as we have, over the years, collected samples of various old textiles such as Suzanis and Tapestries from various flea markets and auctions, which were great reference points for getting the styling..the look and feel just right. The Chinar Butti, stylized paisleys, Badaam Butti, Badaam Keri, Bathak Punj were used along with curvilinear motifs derived from sacred geometry- the moon and the star, Afghan, Mongol and Turkish elements to showcase her roots. Traditional tribal embroidery stitches such as the chain, satin, and buttonhole stitches were extensively used along with couching of tilla wires, in which the decorative thread is laid on the fabric as a raised line and stitched in place with a second thread. Given the cold climate of the period, we used a lot of old antique lots of velvets and silks, bought from specialist vendors to create the layered looks consisting of robes, jackets and floor sweeping farshees made in the traditional Ottoman style which were further layered with antique shawls and vintage drapes.”

While interacting with BollywoodLife.com, she said that, her role was praised by yesteryears actor Rekhaji and she said, you are who you are because of your parents.’ I think that was the most amazing compliment that I got.”

Aditi further added, “The fact that so many people have said that my heart is with Mehrunissa – that for me is the biggest compliment. When people take you home in their heart, that is a huge compliment.”

Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles along with Ranveer.