Never mind the finishing

IN A DIFFERENT GLASS! Vikram Phadnis relishing his carrot juice at Three Sixty restaurant in New Delhi's The Oberoi   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Vikram Phadnis shares some juicy details on food and films

People like things red hot, but designer Vikram Phadnis prefers red chilled. The popular Bollywood stylist opted for carrot juice over a meal at The Oberoi's Three Sixty restaurant. "When I am at work I can't eat. It's either cold coffee or juice. I prefer carrot juice for my mother says it is good for the eyesight," he quips. "No I am serious," he continues, "My eyesight is weak and it's a hazard for my occupation if I can't differentiate between red and green!"

Figure speak

Talking about his food schedule, Vikram, whose first ever show recently concluded in the Capital, says his lean figure says it all. "I don't take breakfast and always have a working lunch, except for Sundays. It's only at dinner that I try to pamper myself. Whenever in Delhi, The Oberoi's is my favourite for Sunday brunch. Though a chicken person, I like the sushi here very much." Unlike many of his ilk, Vikram is not particular about garnishing and table spread. "I don't like to go into the nitty-gritty of things. It's one life, let's live it hassle-free." Exactly, this is the charge against Bollywood stylists who want to make it big in mainstream fashion. They are not particular about the detailing. "Yes, this is the difference between me and, say, a Tarun Tahiliani. But this has to do with the nature of my job. I am asked to arrange for a wedding attire in two hours, which a so-called mainstream designer won't be able to do. You might not be able to differentiate between the top and lining of a Shahab Durazi outfit, but for me it doesn't matter, for the audience is not interested in the lining. However, whenever I do it for my store, I keep in mind all the details," says the man who started his career as a choreographer before Shanker signed him for Hindustani. Promising to come up with a store in Delhi soon, Vikram says his designs suit Delhiites the most. "I am always charged with making filmy clothes, but that's my USP. You can't take Bollywood out of me.". When it comes to food, however, Vikram says Delhiites don't seem to be good patrons. "Once I came here to have a meal with my friends. When they were about to finish the food, the waiter came to ask how the preparations were. Suddenly they started strongly criticising the preparations. Not only did I feel the meal was fine, it made no sense to me to berate somebody when he had come on his own, to take the feedback."In love with his mother's kadhi, when Vikram is out he prefers to have Thai food. "It is closer to Indian food. Another choice of mine is fondue, which I picked up in Switzerland. In desi varieties, I like ambad batata which is made out of potatoes."In Bollywood, Vikram is looking forward to the biggest film of his career, Nikhil Advani's multistarrer Salaam-e-Ishq, a story of six couples, which is ready for release. Vikram shares, "There are 13 characters in the film. The biggest challenge for me was to create a distinct look for each one of them." Enamoured of Vidya Balan, Vikram says he has fallen in love with the actress! "She doesn't need dialogues, her face and eyes are so expressive. She plays a journalist called Tehzeeb in the film. I have designed the dresses according to the name. Most of the time it's tops and flowing skirts. I have cut bed sheets to create the skirts! Ghunguroos have been creatively used to create embellishments on the tops." For Priyanka Chopra, Vikram reveals the look is more Bollywoodish. "She plays a wannabe actress who wants to work with Karan Johar, so she sports boots and fur hats." Juicy details, one must say!