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Dressing Up SRK

Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by Chamz, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Chamz

    Chamz Well-Known Member

    A peep into the superstar’s personal wardrobe

    Besides a celebrity’s wife, guess who else knows a star up close and intimately?

    It’s the star’s designer! The designer knows it all – the shoe size, the colour of his hair, his likes and dislikes and even when he loses a kilo or puts on an inch.

    Naresh Rohira (of Masculine in Juhu) has been superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s favourite designer for the past 20 years, ever since the actor casually strolled into his shop as Hema Malini’s new discovery.

    “It is still so clear in my mind the day Shah Rukh Khan came to my store,” muses Naresh dreamily. “He was shooting those days for Hema Malini’s film Dil Aashna Hai.

    He called me and walked into the shop, dressed in jeans with his shirt half tucked in and half hanging out. His trademark style. I took his measurement, he sat reading a newspaper and smoking.”

    “Even the bandhgala he wore for the Raavan premiere in London was made by us”

    From that day to 2010, two decades later, Shah Rukh Khan’s measurements haven’t changed! “Except in the last two years when he was shooting for Ra.One and lost weight for it,” reveals the man who’s privy to such minute details about SRK. “During Dil Aashna Hai he got married and asked me to make a suit for him.

    I made a black tuxedo and sent it to Delhi. He came back, met me and announced, ‘From now onwards you’ll be making all my outfits regularly’. It’s been 20 years and I am still with him. His loyalty towards his people is strong. Like me, his makeup guy, Ravi dada and Subhash dada, his right-hand man, have all been with him for years.”

    Is Shah Rukh fastidious about what he wears? Is he aware of the latest trends in fashion and does he prompt Naresh towards the designs he wants? “He is the most non-fussy person I know,” says Naresh. “He likes to wear only black, will not wear any other colours.

    “When he got married, I made a black tuxedo and sent it to Delhi. He came back and told me, ‘From now onwards you’ll be making all my outfits!’”

    He loves tuxedos and I have made more than 1000 suits for him, all in black with a white shirt inside. I have failed to make him wear colours like blue and grey. What he is very particular about are his jeans. They are only in various shades of blue. And he is particular when it comes to his films, the clothes should go with his character. Otherwise he is easy and non-fussy with his personal wardrobe.

    Give him his favourite colours and he will wear whatever you give him. He also repeats his outfits easily and without a fuss. Before he goes to any function, I go to his house and choose his outfit.

    When he was shooting in Berlin for Don 2, he asked me to send him suits for some functions he had to attend there and I sent them from here. Whatever boss (SRK) wears is made by us,” Naresh crows with evident pride. “I have a room downstairs in my shop which has jackets and other clothes exclusively for him. At home he is always in jeans, tees and sports shoes. He never wears shorts or chappals.”

    Two decades later, Shah Rukh Khan’s measurements haven’t changed! “Except in the last two years when he was shooting for Ra.One and lost weight for it” – Naresh Rohira

    For Eid this year, SRK had tweeted that he wanted his son Aryan to wear a sherwani. Did Naresh manage to come up with something suitable? “Oh yes,” he replies with alacrity. “I made both the sherwanis (for dad and son) in the same colour (black of course) and the same fabric.

    I have told Shah Rukh that my son will make Aryan’s clothes at Masculine. For me, Masculine is Shah Rukh Khan. Even the bandhgala he wore for the Raavan premiere in London was made by us.”

    “He loves tuxedos and I have made more than 1000 suits for him, all in black with a white shirt inside!”
    Naresh has no insecurities when some of SRK’s film costumes are made by other designers. As he explains, “See, I only do men’s outfits and I have a business to run. I can’t always be on the sets, sit with the directors or travel to shoots. Over the years, the film business has changed. Designers do both male and female costumes. However, even if his films have other designers, all of boss’s costumes have to go through me.

    I know his measurements, his moods, likes and dislikes. Just sometime back, his designer for a film came and ordered T-shirts. I told him that SRK does not wear short tees, he wears a particular length, but he refused to listen to me. When the tees were given to Shah Rukh at the shoot, boss saw the length and we had to bring the tees to his right size.
    “I remember a very funny incident,” he goes on. “A whole lot of stuff had gone for him for a shooting and I didn’t check his shoes.

    Fast Facts On SRK
     His shoe-size is 9
     Height 5’ 10”
     Collar size 15 ¼”
     He only wears an Italian brand called AG jeans
     You’ll never catch him in shorts or chappals
     Shah Rukh doesn’t like to use accessories. It’s just his Tag Heur watch
     His sunglasses are from Tom Ford

    I got a call to rush to his sets. When I went to his van, he had worn the shoes but the sizes were different, one was 9 and the other was 8! He wasn’t angry but joked, ‘Main pehen leta hoon, ek 8 hain ek 9 hai. It’s like Ajit wore in Yaadon Ki Baraat. This will start a trend.’ It was funny and I quickly arranged the right size!”

    It’s said that his wife Gauri has a strong hand in deciding what SRK wears. Naresh happily concedes, “Gauri helped me a lot in the beginning when I started working for boss. She used to do his costumes and she gave me a lot of inputs which helped me. Now she is not involved in his clothes.

    It’s between me and Shah Rukh. Karan Johar is also a great help and comes up with valuable suggestions. I have learnt a lot from him. Shah Rukh loves Italian shoes in tan, brown and black. At night he wears tracks and tees. He is basically a jeans and shirt guy.”

    “He had worn the shoes but one was size 9 and the other was 8! He joked, ‘Main pehen leta hoon, like Ajit in Yaadon Ki Baraat. This will start a trend!’”

    If all this paints the picture of an affable superstar not obsessed with his wardrobe, you’re dead right. His staff finds Shah Rukh easy to approach and humane. “Oh yes,” nods Naresh. “He knows their problems and tries to help them as much as possible. He’s really a down-to-earth guy.”

    How many times has Shah Rukh visited the store in Juhu? “After I got the shop renovated, I had a puja and called him, but he was busy shooting. He told me to go ahead with the puja, as work is worship. Once he is back he will come here. I work for the best man in the business and I am happy!”

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  2. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    Thanks for sharing Chamz... Coming from a non-star person, you know that it's genuine and heartfelt. :love:
  3. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    that is sweet. i love how SRK stays loyal to people
    everything they made so far for him is fab! :D

    i remember reading something about SRK going to this same shop for clothes a very long time ago and he still does
  4. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    everyone in his life is loyal to him and vise verse.
    but we caught him in shorts few times..;)
  5. darina4srk

    darina4srk SRKManiac

    do you have any pics of that wafa di?? :D
    i think i don't have them in my collection :p
  6. Geeta

    Geeta Active Member


    We are fans of the most well dressed, well behaved, most good looking, extremely hot n sexy, super intelligent man and more on the planet...and that makes me happy as well haha :D!
    Thanks for this fun article!! :)
  7. danshula

    danshula Well-Known Member

    awww! this is sweet! :heart:
    Heard Naresh speak on Living with Superstar Episode 8 same toooo, he said same thing that he is loyal to his people for more than 20 years now, from Ravi Dada to Subhash to Mohan, all are with him for more 20 years. in btw that episode had touched me so much! each word in that episode was just ..ah!! So touching! and their relationship seems to be so pure and filled with unconditional love :heart:
  8. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    I'm sure I do somewhere amongst the thousands of pics on my pc :p
    but start with baazigar and the older days.
  9. MeryamaSRK

    MeryamaSRK DON-ish

    By Satish Sundaresan, July 13, 2011 - 16:39 IST
    [​IMG] They say that 'Clothes maketh a man'. But, have you ever wondered about 'Who' maketh the clothes! Well, Bollywood Hungama got in touch with the man who goes by the name of Naresh Rohira and he makes clothes for none other than The King himself! You guessed it right... Naresh Rohira is the man who is responsible for all of Shah Rukh Khan's wardrobes. Satish Sundaresan of Bollywood Hungama caught up with this man. Here are the excerpts:

    Naresh, to start with, can you tell us how this journey started for you?
    We (my brother Kanhaiyalal Rohira and me) have always been in the line of costume designing since 1970s. Those days, we used to run a store in Khar called 'New Stylo', (which is now shut down). My brother, then, used to design clothes for topmost film stars like Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, the late Amjad Khan and many others. At that time, it was not just the stars; it was also the films that he rendered his services too. I used to see my brother working, and the very sight used to inspire me a lot. Even though I never had any formal training in this field, I decided to take the plunge in the same field. Then, way back in 1987, I started my store. Post that, my brother also joined me.

    If one has to describe you and your profession, how does one do so?
    Frankly speaking, the terms 'Fashion Designer' and 'Costume Designer' have cropped up only recently. Those days, it was the 'darzee' (tailor) who used to be in charge of the dresses of the stars. For me, it was a total hands-on training since the word go. I used to physically sit and work with the 'master' and the workers. Over the years, what I have learnt is that, it's very easy to think and draw, but when it comes to practical execution, it totally tough.

    Can you recall the first time Shah Rukh Khan visited your shop?
    How can I ever forget that! That was the time which changed my destiny forever. Till today, the memory of his first visit is fresh in my mind. He had come for Hema Malini's Dil Aashna Hai. I made him very comfortable that time. But, what was so striking about SRK was his causal sense of dressing. He had dressed in jeans with his check shirt half tucked in and half hanging out, which, a lot of people say is his trademark style. I took his measurement while he was sitting and reading a newspaper and smoking. And while he was about to leave, all that he said that 'I am very happy with your work. From today onwards, you will be doing all of my work!'

    Here, I really want to tell the readers as to what the industry has taught me is that 'Never EVER underestimate anybody... today you could be a newcomer/ struggler, and tomorrow you might just be the next superstar!' So, from that day onwards, I am still with him…I am whatever I am, because of him. I can proudly say that, whatever he wears now, have been mostly done by me, including his wedding suit!

    [​IMG] I can proudly say that, whatever he wears now, have been mostly done by me, including his wedding suit [​IMG]
    Everybody knows SRK the Superstar, the businessman and many other sides of him. But you are one of the lucky ones who know him from close quarters. So, tell us how is personally…
    He is one of the best people you can work with. He is such a big star, but without any starry attitudes. Since I have been very close to him, I can tell you that he is one of the most loyal guys in the industry. If you see his staff, they have been with him for years. I know that there have been people who have tried telling him that 'please stitch clothes from us', to which he says that 'This man (Naresh) is already doing it for me'. All of this speaks volumes about his loyalty! That's why I always say 'its not about my loyalty towards him… it's about his loyalty towards me'.

    In that case, tell us what forms his personal favorite wardrobe?
    It's a black suit, which I feel I must have made over a thousand in numbers for him! In addition to that, it's his trademark white shirt and blue jeans. In the same breath, let me also add that he is not a fussy or finicky guy. I have seen celebs in Bollywood. Just that one hit film... and they make others feel that they have arrived. But, that's just not the way SRK is. He is modesty personified. Just that he is very specific about few colours.

    [​IMG]What about SRK and his liking for tuxedos...
    He is a guy who simply loves tuxedos. Out of the 15 suits that I used to make for him, 14 were tuxedos. Initially, he used to love tuxedos and 'kamar bandhs'. I also feel that nobody in the industry can wear a tie like him.

    Does the King Khan ever tend to repeat his dresses?
    Sometimes yes… Let me also tell you that he is not fussy about his dresses. But, if he likes a particular suit for some reason or the other, he may repeat the same. He has got so many suits…otherwise; I have not seen him repeating the dresses. Supposing if he has to reach a shoot at 8'o clock and he reaches home at 7.30, then, maybe, he will pick up whatever comes his way, but an apt one at that!

    Is it true that you have a special room in your showroom that stocks clothes and caters exclusively to SRK?
    (Surprised) How did you learn about that? Yes, that's true… I have made a special room in my shop that stocks clothes and caters exclusively to Shah Rukh. The reason is that one never knows which character he will be playing next.

    [​IMG] I have made a special room in my shop that stocks clothes and caters exclusively to Shah Rukh [​IMG]
    Naresh, has there been any instances wherein SRK got angry or upset with you/ your creations?
    I have to tell this rather funny but memorable incident. What happened was that, I got a call from SRK's man Friday, during one of the shoots. SRK saw me and asked 'Have you sent this pair of shoes?' I replied, 'Yes Sir'. He said, 'No problems Naresh… just because, you have sent these shoes, I will wear them. Only that I will land up looking like (the late) Ajit. I couldn't gather what he was referring to. Only then, I realized that the shoes that I had sent to him were measuring 8 and 9 sizes, by mistake. Wasting no time, I quickly arranged the right size! That's why we now send him three pairs so that he should not face a problem on the sets.

    Do you cater only to SRK or you have other celebrity clients as well?
    I am working with lot of designers. But on a personal and direct level, it's only to SRK. I have celebs like Hrithik, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani and many others on my client list.

    Well, that brings us to the big question... are you accessible to the common man?
    The answer is yes. I am undoubtedly accessible to every common man. And that too, it's an advice that's SRK gave me. He simply said, 'I am with you. Don't worry. Just that you should cater to everybody.'
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  10. Elahe

    Elahe Dil To Shahrukhee hai!

    Yet another piece of writing which shows his humble, down to earth and loveable character!
    MeryamaSRK says thanks.
  11. MeryamaSRK

    MeryamaSRK DON-ish

    and Undying Loyalty above all! :D
    jg2k says thanks.
  12. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Everything you read about Him and his staff is a beautiful little tale of good will, respect and love. :love:
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  13. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    On the one hand I get bowled over by the actor who plays Don and G.One. And then I come back here and read a simple man's account of the human being this same actor is! His completeness overwhelms me! :hail:
  14. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    and that is my dear why he is called "KING" ! simple. King size star, King size heart, King size brain. and who knows what else..
  15. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    He only wears an Italian brand called AG jeans

    he wears seven and true religion and other brands too.
  16. MeryamaSRK

    MeryamaSRK DON-ish

    And his Glasses are Tag Heuer (be it the grey, blue or red ones)
  17. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

  18. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    get your mind out of the gutter :D I wasn't thinking of that :p
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  19. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    I was! :p:D
  20. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    :pound: and now I officially pronounce a crowned "Nattu"!

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