In the year 2016, Manish associated with Director Feroz Abbas Khan for his ambitious musical adaptation of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. The project is very close to his heart as he has always been fascinated with the movie as a child.
During the design process of the musical, the functionality aspect was thoroughly researched by sitting through rehearsals, understanding the choreography and movements so each garment allows absolute comfort and mobility.
The costumes had been designed keeping in the mind the authenticity yet are extravagant with a signature Manish Malhotra touch which comes through in the use of color, embroidery not sequins, and the reliance on rich brocades, silks and velvet. The wardrobe took 3 months to make totaling 550 outfits including understudies.