Designer to some of the biggest names in the business, Manish Malhotra is now looking beyond his fashion empire to direct his first Bollywood film.
While Malhotra has yet to make an official statement, the creator has released several celebratory messages from his famous Bollywood clients, including actors Janhvi Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Bhumi Pednekar, all of whom congratulated him for stepping through this next step.
Sharing a photo of the designer with her late mother, actress Sridevi, Kapoor wrote: “Congratulations @ manishmalhotra05 on this new journey, I can’t wait for the world to see all the knowledge and love you have for the movies. and the magic you create. with that. It’s gonna be so special.
Chopra added: “Congratulations Manish! I wish you all the best on this new journey – up and down from here! @ manishmalhotra05 [sic]. “
While no production banner has been announced, the designer also posted a post on his Instagram Story which indicates that his first film will be for the company of his close friend Karan Johar, Dharma Productions.
Malhotra, who turns 30 as a designer of Bollywood stars, began her career in 1990 designing costumes for Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla in the film “Swarg” directed by David Dhawan.
The meteoric rise of Malhotra is a rags-to-riches textbook tale. During those difficult first years in Bollywood, his path crossed with Sridevi in 1993 when directing “Gumrah” by Mahesh Bhatt. The actress was at the top of her game, and for an aspiring designer, it was the opportunity that would allow her to firmly establish herself in the film industry.
Over the years he has designed looks for names such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Generation Alia Bhatt and others.
Thirty years and 800 films later, while running a fashion empire valued at Rs1 billion (Dh56 million), it may be fitting that Malhotra is ready to start the next chapter of her life.