Dolly Ahluwalia

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Dolly Ahluwalia
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Nationality Indian
Occupation Costume designer, Actress
Years active 1993–present

Dolly Ahluwalia is an Indian actress and costume designer who was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001 for costume design.[1] She has won the National Film Award thrice, twice for Best Costume Design for Bandit Queen (1993) and Haider (2014), and then as Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Donor (2012), which is also her best known role as an actor.[2]


Ahluwalia started her career with designing costumes of theatre. Thereafter she started film career with Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen in 1993, which got her first National Film Award for Best Costume Design.[3] Thereafter she designed for notable directors like Vishal Bhardwaj in The Blue Umbrella (2005), Omkara (2006), Blood Brothers (2007), Kaminey (2009) and Haider (2014),[2] with Deepa Mehta in Water (2005) and Midnight's Children (2012). Besides working with mainstream Bollywood films like Love Aaj Kal (2009), Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) and with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).[4]


Award Category Film
43rd National Film Awards Best Costume Design [3] Bandit Queen
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Costume Design[1]
60th National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Vicky Donor (2012) [5]
59th Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design Bhaag Milkha Bhaag[6]
60th Filmfare Awards Haider[7]
62nd National Film Awards Best Costume Design[8]


Costume Designer[edit]

Year Film
1993 Bandit Queen
2006 Omkara
2005 Water
2005 The Blue Umbrella
2007 Aaja Nachle
2007 Blood Brothers
2009 Love Aaj Kal
2009 Kaminey
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2012 Midnight's Children
2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
2014 Haider


Year Film / Television
1995 Amma and Family (TV series)
2003 Mudda – The Issue
2005 Yahaan
2005 Water
2005 The Blue Umbrella
2009 Aloo Chaat
2011 Ek Noor
2012 Vicky Donor
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Saadi Love Story (Punjabi)
2013 Bajatey Raho
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani


  1. ^ a b Drama - Costume Design Archived 24 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. || Sangeet Natak Akademi Official listings.
  2. ^ a b "Dolly Ahluwalia dresses up Shahid Kapoor in 'Haider'". The Times of India. Feb 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Dolly Ahluwalia gets nostalgic about Bandit Queen". Indian Express. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "I'm a costume designer first: Dolly Ahluwalia". Hindustan Times. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Winners of 59th Idea Filmfare Awards". Filmfare. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Winners of 60th Idea Filmfare Awards". Filmfare. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "62nd National Film Awards for 2014 (Press Release)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. February 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 

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