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Anju Modi. (Manav Manglani photo)

NEW DELHI — While working on Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film “Bajirao Mastani,” designer Anju Modi fell in love with Persian culture and decided to take inspiration from it for her couture line.

Modi said that in order to design Persian Princess Mastani’s looks in the royal love saga, she did extensive research on the culture and architecture of Persia and its influences on India.

“My collection is inspired by Persian culture, as I have been working on ‘Bajirao Masatni’ and had to create outfits for the Persian princess' character (Mastani played by Deepika Padukone). She is a girl who hails from Persia, and the character is such that I needed to do a lot of research anyway,” Modi told PTI.

“Bajirao Mastani” is a story about the great general Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I (played by Ranveer Singh), his second wife, Mastani (Deepika Padukone), and his first wife, Kashi (Priyanka Chopra).

The designer earlier collaborated with Bhansali for his 2013 hit “Ram Leela.”

Modi, who is known to draw inspiration from the rich textile heritage and design legacy spread over the diverse geographies of India, said for her couture line, she has taken bits and pieces of Persian influences and mixed it with Indian sensibilities.

“Since it is an ancient civilization, it has got a lot of heritage, tradition, great art work, architecture and mughal motifs, which are slightly different from our usual Rajasthani and Gujarati designs. All this mixed with the India ethos has given me ideas to make it a contemporary line,” Modi said.

Modi is set to showcase her collection on day three of Amazon India Couture Week 2015.

When asked if any of the outfits from “Bajirao Mastani” will make its way to the ramp, the designer said, “No, nothing from the film. This is a completely new line.”

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