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Recreating Binodini Dasi’s iconic look

It took four hours of permutation and combination for them to create this look: Rukmini Maitra

The Telegraph Published 14.02.23, 02:09 PM
Rukmini Maitra

Rukmini Maitra The Telegraph

The iconic look of Binodini Dasi featuring Rukmini Maitra, has already created a buzz. Produced by Dev Adhikari and Prateek Chakravorty in association with RECREATING BINODINI DASI’S ICONIC LOOK Assorted Motion Pictures, Binodiini Ekti Natir Upakhyan also stars Rahul Bose as Ranga Babu, Kaushik Ganguly as Girish Chandra Ghosh, Gautam Halder as Dasu Neogi, Mir as Gurmukh Rai, Chandreyee Ghosh as Ganga Bai and Om Sahani as Kumar Bahadur.

Rukmini Maitra who plays Binodini says, “Even though we had quite a few hurdles to cross, I was confident that my team would succeed in recreating the look. I trusted them, and eventually, my team created the magic. It took four hours of permutation and combination for them to create this look. Ram Kamal insisted that we add sheen and shimmer to make it look bright on the screen. Since we tend to go slightly matte with period drama, it was challenging for my team to add shine.”


“Recreating Binodini’s era was a tough task,” says director Ram Kamal Mukherjee. “But I am thankful to my team Suchismita Dasgupta, Bithika and Mousami for their research. Since the original photograph of Binodini was not preserved properly, It was almost impossible to understand the material of the sari or even the designs of her jewellery. The team worked almost three weeks to figure out the design and the fabric,” says Ram Kamal.

Noted costume designer Suchismita Dasgupta says, “Binodini Dasi is an iconic character, and it would be nice to see it from a fresh perspective. Rukmini’s ‘Chaitanya’ look went viral purely because of its unique approach. I had to research fabrics and stitching patterns that would resemble the era. Since the director wanted to add sheen to the entire palette, we had to keep that aspect in mind. We have used Muslin Benarasi with traditional Bengali real gold ornaments to achieve the look,” explained Suchishmita.

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