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Nine most powerful personal stylists in Bollywood

Behind every stunning celebrity look is a talented stylist

By Shweta Gandhi  October 20th, 2017

If you thought Bollywood celebrities wake up looking like they’re ready to walk down a red carpet, you’d be dead wrong. Barring a few stars (Sonam Kapoor is a walking, talking style encyclopaedia), most of your favourite actresses rely heavily on their guardian angels (AKA celebrity stylists) to keep them from making a faux pas that would have forever tarnished their image.

Take for instance, Tanya Ghavri, who styles a mini battalion of A-listers including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif, Jhanvi Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Pooja Hegde and more. Ami Patel is another renowned name in the industry who is the creative genius behind best dressed actresses like Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Sania Mirza, Sridevi Kapoor and Athiya Shetty.  

And if you’ve always wondered how Deepika Padukone and Shraddha Kapoor always look so fabulous, it’s all thanks to Shaleena Nathani. Parineeti Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, Huma Qureshi have Sanjana Batra to credit; while Sonakshi Sinha looks to Mohit Rai when in dire need. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Esha Gupta turns to Mohit’s partner, Aastha Sharma. 

Nine celebrity stylists you need to look up:

Kareena Kapoor Khan, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Jacqueline Fernandez, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Ileana D'cruz, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Yami Gautam, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Freida Pinto, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Disha Patani, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Karisma Kapoor, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Tanya Ghavri

Over the years, Tanya has steadily built up a reputation of styling several prominent stars from Kareena Kapoor Khan to Karisma Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez. She's already made inroads with the next generation of stars, recently roping in Manish Malhotra to create custom-made Diwali lehengas for Sridevi's daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Ghavri knows that her Bollywood clients prefer classic silhouettes and glamorous designs — think Kareena Kapoor Khan's recent outing in Tarun Tahiliani couture from the archives. Ghavri is also responsible for introducing Bollywood to a host of designers from the Middle East, including Rami Kadi and Ziad Nakad, whose opulent, intricately detailed ballgowns make for red carpet successes. Channelling her know-how into a full-fledged business, Ghavri has also launched her own company called Dhoom Dhaam Weddings, where she offers curated styling services for brides-to-be.

Alia Bhatt, styled by Ami Patel. 

Kangana Ranaut, styled by Ami Patel. 

Madhuri, styled by Ami Patel.

Athiya Shetty, styled by Ami Patel.

Ami Patel

As a former magazine fashion director, Ami Patel's approach to fashion has a strong editorial perspective, something that her client list of Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Sania Mirza, Sridevi Kapoor and Athiya Shetty enjoy. What sets Ami apart is her bold sense of fashion and her styling tricks that completely transform a celebrity. Think Alia Bhatt's Zuhair Murad glitter gown from IIFA 2017. If looks could kill...

Alia Bhatt, styled by Ami Patel. 

Sridevi, styled by Ami Patel. 

Deepika Padukone, styled by Shaleena Nathani.

Shraddha Kapoor, styled by Shaleena Nathani.

Shraddha Kapoor, styled by Shaleena Nathani.

Shaleena Nathani

Every single time Deepika Padukone gathers international acclaim for her experimental red carpet choices, the credit should go directly to Shaleena Nathani, who travels with the star to ensure she never has an off-day. Shaleena's personal style has also won her a host of modelling contracts for brands including Jaipur Gems and Opium eyewear, while her dedication to fitness has also scored her a contract with Nike as a fitness ambassador. 

Deepika Padukone, styled by Shaleena Nathani.

Jacqueline Fernandez, styled by Shaleena Nathani.

Parineeti Chopra, styled by Sanjana Batra.

Parineeti Chopra, styled by Sanjana Batra.

Sanjana Batra

Sanjana Batra frequently styles Parineeti Chopra, Shilpa Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia. Her style is equal parts elegant and colourful, and she knows how to play to the celebrity's strengths to highlight their best assets.

Tamannaah Bhatia, styled by Sanjana Batra.

Parineeti Chopra, styled by Sanjana Batra.

Shilpa Shetty, styled by Sanjana Batra.

Allia Al Rufai

Allia Al Refai prefers to keep it easy-breezy and cool. You won't find overtly glamorous or ostentatious picks here. She takes basics like flats and ripped denims and makes it look cool mostly on Anushka Sharma, and sometimes on Kangana Ranaut. If we had to describe her style in one word, it would be this — free-spirited.

Anushka Sharma, styled by Allia Al Rufai.

Anushka Sharma, styled by Allia Al Rufai.

Anushka Sharma, styled by Allia Al Rufai.

Anushka Sharma, styled by Allia Al Rufai.

Kangana Ranaut, styled by Allia Al Rufai.

Sonakshi Sinha, styled by Mohit Rai.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, styled by Mohit Rai.

Karisma Kapoor, styled by Mohit Rai.

Sonakshi Sinha, styled by Mohit Rai.

Shilpa Shetty, styled by Mohit Rai.

Sonakshi Sinha, styled by Mohit Rai.

Mohit Rai

Mohit is a self-professed lover of maximalism, and each star he dresses, from Sonakshi Sinha and Shilpa Shetty to Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karisma Kapoor have his signature touch. His speciality is to amp up the celebrity's look through the use of statement accessories.   

Esha Gupta, styled by Aastha Sharma.

Sonakshi Sinha, styled by Aastha Sharma.

Bhumi Pednekar, styled by Aastha Sharma.

Aastha Sharma

Aastha Sharma usually teams up with best friend Mohit Rai to create the ultimate styling tag team. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's domination at Cannes Film Festival can be attributed to this social media savant, who's also a favourite muse for designers herself.      

Esha Gupta, styled by Aastha Sharma.

Esha Gupta, styled by Aastha Sharma.

Ranveer Singh, styled by Nitasha Gaurav.

Nitasha Gaurav

If you've been loving Ranveer Singh's flamboyant style, you have Nitasha Gaurav to thank. The stylist has been working with Ranveer since his early days in the industry.


Nikita Jaisinghani

The stylist has been responsible for some dapper looks sported by celebs such as Karan Johar and Sidharth Malhotra.


Sidharth Malhotra, styled by Nikita Jaisinghani. 

Karan Johar, styled by Nikita Jaisinghani.