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‘Nagavalli-Chandramukhi' collection launched by Krsala

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The jewellery was worn by actors in the movie to be released on December 16

PHOTO: M. SUBHASH

Bedazzled:Actors Anushka, Venkatesh and Shradda Das during unveiling of Krsala's Nagavalli-Chandramukhi jewellery collection in the city. --

HYDERABAD: If you have been watching the promos of the much-awaited flick ‘Nagavalli-Chandramukhi', the opulence of the ornaments in historical sequences might have left you dazzled.

Couture jewellery brand Krsala on Friday launched the ‘Nagavalli-Chandramukhi' jewellery collection at its flagship store in the city. Sequel to the runaway hit ‘Chandramukhi', the film's narrative takes viewers back and forth between two completely different eras.

And the jewellery pieces had to be designed bearing in mind two diverse cultures. “We had to do extensive and detailed research on the culture pertinent in Thanjavur during that era and designed her jewellery on the basis of temple jewellery,” said Bunty Bajaj, jewellery designer of the ‘Nagavalli' jewellery collection and managing director, Krsala Jewellery.

And so, Ms. Bajaj beset the gorgeous Anushka with ‘Uddiyaanam', ‘Vanki', ‘Jitniki', ‘Maattal', ‘Addiggai', ‘Kaasumaalai', a completely-gold coated ‘Jada', ‘Mangomalai' and ‘Mullai Mottu Malai', adorning her from head to toe.

“It is Bunty Bajaj's jewellery that gave us a rich look in the film,” affirmed actor Venkatesh, who plays a dual role in the film, a modern-day psychiatrist and a villainous tyrant hailing from Vizianagaram empire.

Venkatesh's jewellery, as a result, leans towards Southern Deccani workmanship, a mix of both Nizam and Indian craftsmanship. His ornaments include bejewelled headgear, Kamar bandh', ‘Sath ladas', ‘Pachchala haaram', bracelets, ‘Bajubandh' and shoulder armoury pieces among other trinkets.

The intricately-handcrafted jewellery, over 200 of them, was designed over a six-month period. Precious stones such as diamonds (cut and uncut), polkis, emeralds, cabochon rubies, tourmalines and South sea pearls have been used liberally on gold and silver to reflect the sybaritic lifestyle of the lead characters.

Apart from D. Venkatesh and Anushka, her jewellery embellishes the other protagonists such as heroines Shraddha Das, Kamalini Mukherjee, Poonam Kaur and Richa Gangopadhyay and ministers in the court of the king of the bygone era.

‘Nagavalli-Chandramukhi' releases December 16, coinciding with ‘Victory' Venkatesh's 25 years in film industry.

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