Manish Malhotra

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Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra
Malhotra at the HT Style Awards 2018
Born (1966-12-05) 5 December 1966 (age 57)
Alma materElphinstone College
OccupationFashion designer

Manish Malhotra (born 5 December 1966) is an Indian fashion designer, couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, revivalist based in Mumbai, India.

The founder of the eponymous label, Manish Malhotra, he sometimes took part in the narration and scripting to develop film costumes. Malhotra received the Priyadarshini Memorial Award for his contribution to the fashion industry and the Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design in 1996 for the film Rangeela (1995).

Since 2018, Manish has launched four other new ventures - Manish Malhotra Beauty, Manish Malhotra Jewellery, a Film Production company, and Home decor.

Early life[edit]

Manish Malhotra was born to a Punjabi family in Mumbai, India. He studied at the Sacred Heart Boys High School, Mumbai. At the age of 19, while studying Arts at Elphinstone College in Mumbai, he did a few modeling gigs in ad campaigns for brands like Fu's, Weekender, Frooti, and Goldspot. He then joined a boutique in Bandra called Equinox, where he spent his time sketching and draping the mannequins for a year. In 1987, he hired two tailors and started taking customized couture orders from his house. In 1989, he styled the actress Divya Bharti in a song sequence for a film by David Dhawan, but the film was never released. He debuted in the Hindi Film Industry as a costume stylist in 1990


Stylist and designer[edit]

Malhotra made his costume designing debut with the film Swarg (1990), starring Rajesh Khanna, Govinda and Juhi Chawla. The same year, he was hired by Sridevi to style her photoshoot looks. In 1993, he designed a complete look for the late Sridevi's character in Mahesh Bhatt's Gumrah. After the shooting of the Telugu thriller Govinda Govinda (1994), Ram Gopal Varma hired him for the costumes of Rangeela (1995). The film led Filmfare to introduce a new award category for costume designing, the Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design, with Malhotra being its first recipient.

In 1997, Malhotra worked on Yash Raj Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) where he designed stylish athleisure wear, sheer traditional outfits, and minimal styling to Hindi Cinema.[citation needed] For the costumes of Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), he won 7 individual category awards[which?] for the casual to bridal looks he created.[citation needed] In 1999, Karan Johar hired him again to style Kareena Kapoor's look in the family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001).[citation needed]

In 2001, Malhotra won his first IIFA Award for Best Costume Design for his work in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein.

In 2003, Malhotra styled Johar's Kal Ho Naa Ho, a romantic comedy-drama based on NRI's living in New York City. Preity Zinta's statement pieces included scarves, trench coats, halter dresses (including a red one from "Kuch Toh Hua Hai"), sweaters, slip dresses, flared pants, and one-shoulder dresses - all relevant to the era and character. Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan's embroidered kurtas and Zinta's blue "Maahi Ve" lehenga, and Jaya Bachchan's makeover look, which including jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts and long trench and overcoats.

The same year, he designed the wedding outfits for Karishma Kapoor.

In 2004, Malhotra styled Sushmita Sen in Farah Khan's Main Hoon Na in flowy chiffon sarees, vibrant colors, and prints

In 2007, Malhotra styled Kareena Kapoor's character, Geet in the film Jab We Met. The film saw the rise of harem pants paired with long t-shirts, phulkari scarves, corset tops (with the popular red skirt), and hoop earrings with short kurtas.

In 2008, Malhotra was widely praised for Priyanka Chopra's look in the film Dostana. Based in Miami. the vibe of the film was cool chic, and so were the costumes. It saw her in a golden swimsuit, and her classic silver saree with a blouse from the song "Desi Girl" launched many versions of the same.

In 2013, Malhotra styled and designed the look for Deepika Padukone's character, Naina Talwar, in Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The electric blue saree with a black shimmer blouse, her form-fitting kurtas with plunging necklines, low waist lehengas with short blouses, or floral dresses paired with sweaters and denim jackets.

His body of work of over 1000 films and designing innumerable looks for actors including Rekha, Sridevi, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Sushmita Sen to the generation of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Pandey, and many others, Malhotra has been telling stories through all his creations for three decades now.

Manish Malhotra was a judge panellist in the reality show Myntra Fashion Superstar which hunts India’s next big fashion influencer on the Myntra App.

Malhotra was bestowed with the Filmfare Award for 30 years of outstanding contribution to Bollywood fashion.


In 1999, he collaborated with his friends, the industrialist Kajal Anand, Avanti, and Yash Birla for a brief period to design collections for their store, Reverie.

Manish Malhotra tied up with Sheetal Design Studio and set up a workshop there. He virtually became a face of the Sheetal Design Studio, and exclusively retailed out of their store at Bombay's Grant Road for 4 years.

After claiming his position as a costume director, stylist, and Hindi film industry fashion designer, he launched his couture label Manish Malhotra in 2005. It offers bridal, couture, diffusion, men's wear, and bespoke collections that now retail at four Mumbai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad stores.

In 2006, Manish Malhotra teamed up with Saif Belhasa Group of Companies to open his first flagship store in Dubai that catered to Arab and Global customers. The collection portrayed a range of specially designed shelas, abhayas and jalabiyas, an amalgamation of traditional craft and modern design sensibilities to reflect the essence of his designs. The store later shut down in 2017.

In 2008, he opened his first two flagship stores in Khar West, Mumbai, India.

In 2013, Manish Malhotra was the first Indian designer to open the largest Indian stand-alone store sprawled over 6,000 sq.ft, located in a gorgeous haveli on Kalkadas Marg in Mehrauli, Delhi. The space reflects Malhotra's trademark opulent style with arched windows, high ceilings, and vintage chandeliers.

Manish Malhotra partnered with Etihad Airways to create a virtual reality fashion show at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai in August 2016.

In 2017, Manish launched the Hyderabad store, located in the city's Jubilee Hills locality, which spreads over 15,000 sq. ft.

Over the years, the label's aesthetic has aimed to bring together traditional Indian craftsmanship with contemporary silhouettes like gowns with intricate gold embroidery, cigarette pants paired with long jackets for women, voluminous lehengas worn with cropped blouses, or the use of non-traditional colors like royal blue, soft pink, maroon, etc., in bridal ensembles. The label's design language is claimed to exhibit glamour and is a reflection of modern India.

In 2019, many actresses wore the signature "Manish Malhotra saree" that the designer introduced in a variety of colours.

He launched his first-ever make-up line, Manish Malhotra Beauty, in collaboration with My Glamm in December 2018.

In 2021, he launched a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) which had the sketches and GIFs of five couture pieces worn by famous artists like Lisa Ray, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Alia Bhatt.

Reliance Brands Limited (RBL) - part of the retail arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries acquired a 40 percent stake in brand 'Manish Malhotra' (within the lifestyle space domain) to accelerate the 16-year old couture house's growth in India and across the globe. On Friday, October 15, Reliance Brands and Manish Malhotra announced a strategic partnership as part of the deal. This is the first external investment for Manish Malhotra's brand, which has been privately held by the designer so far. The brand will continue to be led by Manish Malhotra, as Managing and Creative Director after the partnership with Reliance.

Notable projects[edit]

In August 2016, Malhotra's show for Lakme Fashion Week's Winter-Festive edition was shot for a Virtual Reality fashion experience by Etihad Airways. The Virtual Reality video was released earlier in January 2017 at Etihad’s Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. He also worked with Google on launch promotions for ‘G Suite’ – a set of intelligent apps designed for modern professionals.

Malhotra worked on a traditional outfit design for Michael Jackson, during his visit to India in the late 1990s.

He has also worked for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, Kylie Minogue, and Jermaine Jackson and wife Halima

Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai wore Manish Malhotra outfits for a wedding ceremony in Mumbai, India.

The designer has also dressed Hillary Clinton, Kylie Minogue, and supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.[citation needed]

Costume design filmography[edit]

Year Film Actors Designed for
1990 Swarg Juhi Chawla
1993 Lootere
Waqt Hamara Hai Ayesha Jhulka
Gumrah Sridevi
1994 Govinda Govinda (Telugu)
Yeh Dillagi Kajol
1995 Prem Tabu
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Kajol
Rangeela Urmila Matondkar
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Manisha Koirala
Indian (Tamil) Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar
Raja Hindustani Karisma Kapoor
Army Sridevi
1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Manisha Koirala and Kajol
Hero No. 1 Karisma Kapoor
Ziddi Raveena Tandon
Koyla Madhuri Dixit
Dil To Pagal Hai Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor
Daava Raveena Tandon and Divya Dutta
Judaai Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar
Deewana Mastana Juhi Chawla
Daud Urmila Matondkar
1998 Duplicate Juhi Chawla, Sonali Bendre and Kajol (Special Appearance)
Badmaash Shilpa Shirodkar
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Twinkle Khanna
Dushman Kajol
Ghulam Rani Mukerji
Satya Urmila Matondkar
Barood Raveena Tandon
Soldier Preity Zinta
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Kajol and Rani Mukerji
1999 Khoobsurat Urmila Matondkar
Dil Kya Kare Kajol and Mahima Chaudhry
Mast Urmila Matondkar
Jaanam Samjha Karo
2000 Mela Twinkle Khanna and Aishwarya Rai
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel
Jungle Urmila Matondkar
Chal Mere Bhai Karisma Kapoor
Deewane Urmila Matondkar
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Aishwarya Rai
Mohabbatein Aishwarya Rai, Shamita Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma
Dhadkan Shilpa Shetty and Mahima Chaudhry
Pukar Madhuri Dixit
2001 Akasa Veedhilo(Telugu) Raveena Tandon
Nayak Rani Mukerji
Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor
Ajnabee Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sonali Bendre and Twinkle Khanna
Aśoka Kareena Kapoor
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Urmila Matondkar
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji (Extended Special Appearance)
2002 Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Karisma Kapoor
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor
Manmadhudu (Telugu) Sonali Bendre
Om Jai Jagadish Waheeda Rehman, Mahima Chaudhry, Urmila Matondkar and Tara Sharma
Deewangee Urmila Matondkar
Saathiya Rani Mukerji
Company Manisha Koirala
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Kareena Kapoor
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Bipasha Basu and Tulip Joshi
2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins... Kareena Kapoor
Chalte Chalte Rani Mukerji
Bhoot Urmila Matondkar
Baghban Hema Malini
Kuch Naa Kaho Aishwarya Rai
Andaaz Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Kareena Kapoor
Kal Ho Naa Ho Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Bendre (Special Appearance), Kajol and Rani Mukerji (Special Appearance in item number "Maahi Ve")
2004 Vanity Fair Reese Witherspoon
Hum Tum Rani Mukerji
Ek Hasina Thi Urmila Matondkar
Fida Kareena Kapoor
Yuva Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Esha Deol
Main Hoon Na Sushmita Sen and Amrita Rao
Hulchul Kareena Kapoor
Aitraaz Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra
Veer-Zaara Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji
Chameli Kareena Kapoor
2005 Naina Urmila Matondkar
Bewafaa Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Shamita Shetty
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Isha Koppikar and Neha Dhupia
Barsaat Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Sushmita Sen and Katrina Kaif
Kaal Lara Dutta and Esha Deol
2006 Fanaa Kajol
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Kirron Kher, Arjun Rampal and Kajol (Special Appearance in Item Number "Rock n' Roll Soniye")
Krrish Rekha and Priyanka Chopra
Naksha Sameera Reddy
I See You Sophie Choudry
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla, Ayesha Takia, Anjana Sukhani and Perizaad Zorabian
Shakalaka Boom Boom Celina Jaitly and Kangana Ranaut
Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil) Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Vivek and Nayanthara (Special Appearance)
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Jaya Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Konkona Sen Sharma
Aaja Nachle Madhuri Dixit
Om Shanti Om Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal and Kirron Kher, Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, Shabana Azmi, Urmila Matondkar, Karisma Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Kajol, Preity Zinta, Rekha and Lara Dutta (Special Appearances in Item Number "Deewangi Deewangi")
Jab We Met Kareena Kapoor
Aag Sushmita Sen
2008 U Me Aur Hum Kajol
Tashan Kareena Kapoor
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Rani Mukerji and Ameesha Patel
Short Kut - The Con is On Amrita Rao
Dostana Priyanka Chopra and Shilpa Shetty (Special Appearance in Item Number "Shut Up and Bounce")
2009 Blue Lara Dutta, Katrina Kaif and Kylie Minogue (Special Appearance in Item Number "Chiggy Whiggy")
Dil Bole Hadippa! Rani Mukerji
Kurbaan Kareena Kapoor
3 Idiots
Billu Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor (Special Appearance in Item Number "Marjaani"), Deepika Padukone (Special Appearance in Item Number "Love Meera Hit Hit") and Priyanka Chopra (Special Appearance in Item Number "You Get Me Rockin' and Reeling")
Wake Up Sid Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma
2010 My Name Is Khan Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
We Are Family Kajol and Kareena Kapoor
Pyaar Impossible! Priyanka Chopra
I Hate Luv Storys Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan
Enthiran (Tamil) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Action Replayy
Anjaana Anjaani Priyanka Chopra
I Am Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala and Radhika Apte
2011 Bodyguard Kareena Kapoor
Rockstar Nargis Fakhri
Ra.One Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan
2012 Agneepath Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif (Special Appearance in Item Number "Chikni Chameli")
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan
Agent Vinod Kareena Kapoor
Dangerous Ishhq Karisma Kapoor
Teri Meri Kahaani Priyanka Chopra
Heroine Kareena Kapoor
Student of the Year Alia Bhatt, Kajol (Special Appearance in song "The Disco Song")
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit (Special Appearance in Item Number "Ghagra")
Chennai Express Deepika Padukone
Krrish 3 Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan
R... Rajkumar Sonakshi Sinha
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan
Bombay Talkies Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukerji, Sridevi, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone (Special Appearanceas in Item Number "Apna Bombay Talkies")
2014 2 States Alia Bhatt
Badtameez Dil Kareena Kapoor
Happy New Year Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff
2015 Puli (Tamil) Sridevi
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Swastika Mukherjee and Divya Menon
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Kareena Kapoor
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Lisa Haydon (Cameo Appearance)
Ki & Ka Kareena Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan
Fitoor Tabu and Katrina Kaif
Dishoom Jacqueline Fernandez
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Alia Bhatt
Mom Sridevi
Judwaa 2 Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu
2018 Race 3 Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah
Baaghi 2 Jacqueline Fernandez (Special Appearance in Item Number "Ek Do Teen")
Dhadak Janhvi Kapoor
Loveyatri Warina Hussain
Fanney Khan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Thugs of Hindostan Katrina Kaif
2019 Kalank Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt, Kiara Advani and Kriti Sanon (Special Appearance in Item Number "Aira Gaira")
Student of the Year 2 Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday and Alia Bhatt (Special Appearance in Item Number "The Hook Up Song")
TBA Desi Magic Ameesha Patel
2020 Ghost Stories Mrunal Thakur
2021 Radhe Disha Patani and Sapna Pabbi
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Alia Bhatt


Filmfare Awards

Bollywood Movie Award

  • 1999 Bollywood Award for Costume Design - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai[3]
  • 2002 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...[3]
  • 2005 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Veer-Zaara[3]
  • 2007 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna[3]

Zee Cine Award

IIFA Awards

Filmfare Awards South


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  2. ^ [bare URL]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ace Designer Renowned Fashion Expert Manish Malhotra Is The Fashion Icon Of The Year 2013 At 4th Annual India Leadership Conclave Business Leadership Awards 2013 - Breakfast News TV". 1 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ Shows, Award. "IIFA Best Costume Design". awardsandshows.
  5. ^ "Manish Malhotra bags best designer award". 4 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2016.

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