Deepika Padukone's jewellery in Bajirao Mastani is WOW!
Deepika Padukone's jewellery in Bajirao Mastani costs Rs 5 crore!
In fact, in one scene alone -- where she is addressing Ranveer Singh's Peshwa in the courtyard -- she is wearing jewellery worth Rs 48 lakh!
Her exquisite jewellery has been designed by Delhi-based jewellers called Shri Hari Diagems, a-226 year old establishment.
"The team of Bajirao Mastani happened to visit our shop in Delhi and liked the stuff we create," says store co-owner Vinay Gupta. "They took some of our jewellery pieces to Mumbai to show it to Sanjayji (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director). He loved it, and we were on board immediately."
Shri Hari Diagems has been dealing with antique jewellery for six generations and use the techniques of the Mughal era to create the pieces.
Gupta says the Bajirao Mastani team briefed him about ideas and references for every piece.
"For example, Mastani was half Muslim and half Hindu. So we had to create something on the Hindu-Muslim texture. If you look at her jewellery in the film, it's very normal, not overwhelming or over-the-top. Mastani's jewellery was very unique, the type never made until today. We have created lots of jummar ear pieces, haath phool (jewellery worn on the hand), nath (nose ring) and neck pieces," Gupta says.
Also, the jewellery had to be comfortable and light.
The toughest piece was a two-tier ear piece, pictured above.
"We had to make two pieces, one for the ear and the other goes behind it," says Gupta.
It took a year to research the jewellery for the film and make it. Otherwise, Gupta says, a piece takes about three-four months.
All the pieces have been set in 24-carat gold.
Kundan work, and precious stones like Burmese rubies and diamond polkies have also been used.
The nath has real rubies and pearls, set on 23/24 carat gold.
Out of the 300 pieces created, 200 were shortlisted for the film.
The first piece of jewellery that was designed was used for Mastani's introduction, where she is seen as a courtesan.
"I wanted to create jewellery that people will remember for 100 years," Gupta says with a smile.
"Deepika loved the jewellery, that's why we could use a year to make it. She especially likes the nath (in the poster) and is planning on buying it," he adds.
Gupta claims that the nose ring has become a rage, and a lot of people want to buy it.
"(Shahid Kapoor's wife) Mira Rajput has picked up jewellery from us. She bought a Navratan necklace with polkies and a Colombian emerald and diamond necklace. She has also picked up an old jummar ear piece. She was the trendsetter of jummars! When I sold her the jummar, I knew it would look good on her but I never realised it would become a rage," Gupta says.
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Dia Mirza also bought her wedding jewellery from Shri Hari Diagems.