Serial binge-watcher Arpita Mehta’s top 5 movie recommendations

Ask a bride her dream choices for her trousseau and designer Arpita Mehta’s name is likely to be right on top. The feminine silhouettes and signature style hand-embroidered mirror work detailing that mark Arpita’s festive and bridal wear collections make her a millennial favourite.

We asked the ace designer for movies that her close to her heart and she opened up about films she’s watched 20 – 30 times. “I watch something every night, my TV is my best friend at home,” she smiles. “It’s a great way for me to unwind. These recommendations are films that are easy to watch. You might find them cliché but well, they make me happy, make me cry, make me sing and bring a smile to my face.” Now, there’s a guarantee this list is worthy of binge-watching this weekend.

Dil To Pagal Hai

“This is a classic, beautiful, fun, emotional and romantic Bollywood movie with great actors, music and most of all, fashion. It was a dream come true to watch two of my favourite childhood actors, Madhuri Dixit and Lolo (Karisma Kapoor) come together in a dance film. I loved the contrast in both their looks. While Madhuri ma’am was consistently dressed in the typical YRF (Yash Raj Films) style, soft pastel colours, chiffons and crepes, Karisma pulled off the hot, athleisure look as well as the micro-mini dresses and latex pants with absolute ease. I was in awe!” she says.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

“Sometimes, I wish I could write well just so that I could express what I feel every time I watch this movie. I had the biggest crush on Dermot Mulroney after watching this movie. Both Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz have acted brilliantly. Their characters are so well-written that one connects with both of them and you can’t pick a favourite. The soundtrack of this movie is absolutely beautiful. To date, I have it on my playlist and enjoy listening to it once in a while,” Arpita says.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

“Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies are grand, beautiful and graceful. I love how his movies go into the depth of everything. In Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Aishwarya Rai comfortably moves from truly traditional to classy traditional looks and is a dream to watch,” she shares.

The Devil Wears Prada

“I’m sure that any individual who’s in the fashion industry has watched this movie. No need to mention how brilliant Meryl Streep is. For me, the best scene is how she explains to Anne Hathaway how couture comes down to the street. I also love how her strong personality at one point does get slightly unfazed by personal disruption, which highlights the fact that every strong lady, is the lady she is because of the choices she’s made. The same goes for Anne Hathaway’s character —authentic and sassy,” the designer shares.

Black is King

“A recent movie that I watched during the lockdown was Black is King, directed by and starring Beyoncé. The scale and grandeur was a treat to my eyes. They shot more than 100 looks on her for this movie, each more inspiring than the other. Every minute detail was paid attention to. The songs were shot beautifully and it’s a fashion film with a message. Movies like this always push you to work harder and do better. Pay more attention to detail because that’s when one manages to create something grand and magnificent,” Arpita says.

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