"Bollywood values costume designing more now", says National Award winner
Bipasha Basu oozes ethnic charm in "Omkara".
"The directors and stars value what costume designing is. A lot of importance is being given to this aspect," said Ahluwalia, who bagged the National Award in 1996 for costume designing in Shekhar Kapur's "Bandit Queen" and the Filmfare Award for best costumes for Vishal Bharadwaj's 2007 film "Omkara".
Ahluwalia remains a sought after name even though she loves to be in Chandigarh - the city where she has settled in the last few years.
She is currently "very busy" with designing costumes for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", the film inspired by the iconic athlete, 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh.
"Costume designing for films is more demanding and taxing," said Ahluwalia, who is designing the entire wardrobe for the Farhan Akhtar-starrer "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag".
"Here we are trying to cover someone else whose image has to be projected correctly. There is a lot of focussing and detailing involved. We have to fantasise a lot too to relate the costumes with the audience," she told IANS.