Filmmaker Muzzafar Ali has in the past styled Rekha's role as a courtesan when he featured her in the 1981 hit ‘Umrao Jaan’. But for his new forthcoming period drama, ‘Jaanisaar’, the director has gotten in his wife Meera Ali to personally pick out the outfits for Ameer and Noor, which are played by Pakistani actor Imran Abbas Naqvi and both fashion stylist and actor Pernia Qureshi.
Meera Ali stated that her husband asked her to keep two main things in mind when selecting the outfits - that they should be both period-related and authentic.
The drama is set within the last few years of the Mughal rule and tracks the life of a courtesan. The film involves a time when the British had already created inroads into the country and a number western influences had started to creep into the local fashions.
Sources: Mumbai Mirror