Vidya Balan to play role of Geeta Bali!
Vidya will be seen playing the role of famous yesteryear actress Geeta Bali in her Marathi film debut Ekk Albela. The film is a biopic presented by Manglmurti films and produced by Kimaya Motion Pictures based on the contribution of legendary actor Bhagwan Dada to Bollywood. With the first look launched of the film, people were awestruck with the striking resemblance of Vidya with Geeta Bali. The credit for Vidya’s such amazing look goes to makeup artist Vidyadhar Bhatte and costume designer Subarna Ray Chaudhuri.
Vidyadhar revealed, “I took six-seven wigs along and tried out 10 hairstyles before zeroing down on a middle parting that enhanced the likeness between the two.” Vidyadhar stated about how he wanted a natural look for Vidya as possible as he could, “Vidya didn’t take much time to get dressed and would never interfere with my work,” he said.
Designer Subarna who designed all of Vidya’s costumes for the film in just six days revealed, “We had a clear brief that Vidya had to look exactly like Geeta Bali, especially in the songs, Shola Jo Bhadke and Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote. I have worked with Vidya on Parineeta earlier so I am familiar with her taste.” She further stated that they used to send pictures of sample fabrics to the director who would convert them to black and white to see if they had the desired effect. Subarna also said the jewelry was customised. “Designs from the time aren’t readily available. We’ve used a lot of gold, silver, emeralds, rubies and pearls. We wanted to stay true to the theme and the period, so saris were draped in a certain way, the skirts were high-waisted and the blouses had cowl necks,” she quoted.
Ekk Albela is directed by Shekhar Sartandel and produced by Dr Monish Babre and Kimaya Motion Pictures Production.