For a mainstream actress specially one as fashion-conscious as Sonam Kapoor,no makeup and no designer outfits, are unimaginable. But that’s exactly what Aanand Rai demanded and eventually got out of Sonam in Raanjhanaa.
It wasn’t easy to convince Sonam according to sources. Crew members from Varanasi where the film was shot report “substantial arguments” between Sonam and director Aanand Rai over the question of a no-makeup look for the actress.
According to a crew member, “Aanandji was very clear that he wanted NO makeup. At all. Sonam had her own interpretation of what ‘no makeup meant’ . There was much back-and-forth of opinion on this between them, since Sonam is a very fashion-conscious actress. She had never appeared without makeup on screen and to do so she needed to build a new kind of self confidence. To her credit she did finally relent, though not happily.”
The other greater problem was regarding the difference in skin tone between the lead pair. Sonam and Dhanush belong to two completely different schools of skin pigmentation. To co-ordinate their looks to a point of compatible screen-presence was reportedly not easy.
Says director Aanand Rai, “No matter how different Sonam and Dhanish might be in personality they finally had to look like two halves of one complete whole.If I may so, I’ve succeded in making Sonam and Dhanush look like they were born to be together. As for Sonam’s look, she wears no make-up in the film.When my wife saw them together she wondered why all legendary love-pairs are from the past.”