Amidst the screams and cheers in the Best of Best show at the grand finale of IIJW (hosted by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council), there was a moment when the audience went a collective “wow!” That was when Madhuri Dixit walked in, wearing a polki ranihaar and choker. With Aaja nachle playing in the background, she did a little jhatka and sent the crowd into a tizzy. Cell phones and cameras across the auditorium went ‘click-click-click’...
Calcutta designer Anamika Khanna, whose clothes — a toned-down version of her Delhi Couture Week line — accompanied the jewels at the IIJW finale Best of Best show, said: “Madhuri is too pretty for words. Basically, the idea was to move her away from traditional, yet keep her within her comfort zone. The outfit had to be simple. After all the hero of the show was jewellery.”
MALAIKA ARORA KHAN
Is there any particular jewellery set that you are really fond of?
A traditional south Indian set. It’s really special — my grandmother gave it to my mother who gave it to me after my wedding. I still have it with me. Other than that, I love diamonds!
A piece of jewellery you
would like to gift a friend...
It is very difficult to part with jewellery. (Laughs) I want it all for myself!
What do you prefer —
chunky or traditional?
I love subtle jewellery.
What jewellery did you gift your sister Amrita (Arora Ladak) on her wedding?
I gave her my jewellery. A traditional set.
Do you think men can sport jewellery too?
(Laughs) Bappida (Lahiri) wears a lot of jewellery. So guys can also wear jewellery. Salman (Khan) sports a bracelet. He has also walked the ramp for Being Human. If he walks for a jewellery show, he will rock! As always!
What jewellery are you sporting now?
It is a collection called Zayna. It is royal and stunning and has an exotic look. I find the neckpiece and earrings very beautiful.
Your last jewellery buy was...
A solitaire for my mother on her birthday.
A piece of jewellery that you wish to wear on your D-day...
There is no specific jewellery that I dream of but I would like to look exactly like my mother did on her D-day.
An heirloom that you have inherited...
I am from Himachal and we have lovely jewellery there. There is a silver set that my mother inherited from her grandmother and thus I have got it. It’s really pretty and I just love it!
One movie that portrayed the best of Indian jewellery...
Mughal-E-Azam. I think that was the first film to portray classic Indian jewellery. And even Jodhaa Akbar.
What is the best compliment you have got today?
(Smiles) Someone told me that my eyes are really looking good.
What is the first piece of jewellery you bought for yourself?
An inexpensive gold ring. That was all I could afford then!
If you were to gift someone jewellery, who would it be?
My mother! Like any woman, she loves jewellery. I wouldn’t give them to my sisters!
Do you like traditional jewellery?
I like the entire traditional look, including jewellery. I am a Bengali. You can’t take Bengal out of me. My bindi lends that essence (points at her bindi). I love wearing it. My mother wears it too.
What is your favourite accessory?
Umm… Finger rings… solitaire… necklace… Ah! Don’t ask me! I love all kinds of jewellery.
Do you think men can be equally good at showcasing jewellery on the ramp?
I feel women rule in this field!
She did an Angelina Jolie and smartly ‘skirted’ a tricky situation — all in one ramp walk on Day Four at the IIJW.
As Sushmita Sen walked in in a black corset and a thigh-high slit skirt, her skirt and heels got entangled. Sush kept her calm as her mother rushed to the ramp to fix the problem. The Bolly beauty then turned back, returned to the starting point and walked down again. Atta girl, we say! “These things would have mattered earlier. In 18 years, we have learnt how to handle things with grace. When you become a parent, you learn to do things differently. Every time something goes wrong, you tell your child, ‘Let’s start again,’ and that’s what I did, started the walk again,” smiled Sush, adding that the moment her dress got stuck she was looking for her mother in the crowd. t2 caught up with her, post-walk.
What type of jewellery do you like?
When I was younger, I loved junk jewellery. Now I love solitaires. Taste matures over the years.
What kind of jewellery do you always wear?
A 22-carat solitaire.
What would you wear to an Indian wedding?
Even today Indian weddings are associated with heavy kundan and meena jewellery.
What would you like to gift your daughters on their weddings?
Text: Shubhi Tandon