The Craft Of Costume

Neeta Lulla’s futuristic costumes for Kochadaiiyaan

Posted: 08.10.13

Touted as India’s answer to Avatar, megastar Rajinikanth’s forthcoming release Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend is the countries first Photorealistic Performance Capture film. Set to be the most expensive film ever made in India (topping Robot/Endiran), no detail has been spared.

To bring the film to life, fashion designer Neeta Lulla has been called in to create the costumes, conceptualised the look for every character.
Talking about his look in the movie, director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin said: ‘Neeta has done an outstanding job on the costumes for Kochadaiiyaan. The details in the armour and the weaponised look of the costumes really creates an impact. The photorealistic performance capture technology used in the film is extremely advanced and the work done on the costumes really shines through.’
Given the uniqueness and majestic persona of the film, Neeta Lulla and her team immersed in extensive research over an expansive period of time in order to achieve the perfect look and deliver intricate luminosity to each of the garments designed for Kochadaiiyaan.

A gargantuan 150 costumes per character was designed on paper, of which 20-25 costumes for each character were selected and detailed. Due to the intricacy of the designs for the costumes, each embroidery pattern was photographed and expertly placed on the garment, to deliver a flawless finish. Neeta also created a range of 20 to 30 looks especially for the armour suit as well as the supporting cast of Kochadaiiyaan. The armour suit included predetermined detailing that was achieved through careful understanding of its movement and appeal, in keeping with the authenticity and credibility of the era. 

Neeta Lulla said: ‘It feels totally wonderful to be a part of Kochadaiiyaan. I am proud to be associated with Rajni Sir's venture which is directed by his daughter Soundarya. Being a part of Kochadaiiyaan is definitely a milestone in my career. I think, the project is larger than life for two aspects - one being Rajni sir and the other being that it is a photo realistic motion capture film  format that is a first of its kind.’

To create the costumes, the characters were created by Neeta on a sketch format - first in colour then a croqui developed by the CG technicians. Detailed research was also conducted to achieve the right ornate look for the fine-looking jewellery, its use on the sketch and eventually on the form. Taking into account the script and the accurate look for the characters the detailing was embellished which took almost six to eight months of sketching and re-sketching in order to derive the final result.

Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend releases worldwide this 12th December 2013.

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