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Dabangg may have been the thing of the past but seems like Sonakshi is definitely not willing to forget what the film (and especially Salman Khan) did for her. Even though she has moved into a different zone for Joker, she hasn’t been able to totally disassociate herself from Dabangg. This can be seen from not just her make up and costume but also accessories that are being carried forward from the ‘Chulbul Pandey’ territory.
“There are too many similarities to overlook actually”, says a costume designer, “First came her ‘ghaghra-choli’ look that seemed to be picking on from where ‘Munni’ left in Dabangg. It was surprising since Sonakshi plays a US returned girl in Joker and still gets into the village costume. Chalo, woh bhi theek hai but what about these sunglasses that she is wearing for a scene? If you look closely, they are clearly inspired by Salman Khan’s look in Dabangg.”
Well, it doesn’t even require a closer look actually to see the inspiration, as the design of Sonakshi’s glasses is way too blatant to be ignored. While in Dabangg there were two blinking hearts that reflected on Salman’s sunglasses during the song ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain‘, in Joker Sonakshi seems to have taken the pun of ‘mast mast nain’ way too seriously. This time around her glasses by themselves are designed as hearts.
Shirish Kunder, writer-director of Joker, is actually nonchalant about the entire affair and doesn’t deny any similarities. “It is there for all to see so why should I deny anything”, he smiles, “When everyone on street out there is wearing and maintaining accessories in the same away as Salman did in Dabangg, I don’t see anything wrong in my heroine falling in line as well.”
He goes on to add, “Sonakshi felt these glasses were quite cute and when I was reminded of these creating a similar effect as that of blinking hearts in Salman’s Dabangg jig, I didn’t mind it at all. It’s all about having fun. If that requires one to get inspired from something which is so popular, I am game for it.”
One wonders what next would be in line when it comes to getting ‘inspired’!