How to dress like Taapsee Pannu in Mulk

In her latest film Mulk Taapsee Pannu plays Aarti Mohammed, a lawyer in the holy city of Varanasi. Despite the low glam quotient of the film, I liked Taapsee’s understated style in Mulk.  Her look provides excellent style inspiration to working women who want to look smart, crisp, elegant and powerful.

So how does Taapsee Pannu get the right look in Mulk?

Taapsee Pannu in Mulk white shirt black pants

Taapsee’s Mulk style statement

Taapsee Pannu’s work and off-duty looks in the movie are practical and pragmatic, simple and fuss-free. She looks like a woman who takes minimum effort in getting dressed which is why her look will work for many Indian women who constantly juggle between work, home and countless other responsibilities.

Though Aarti Mohammed is an Indian woman, she lives in London with her husband Aftab. Hence Taapsee’s style is in line with international standards. She opts for a no-frills, minimalistic style that you would see on most women abroad, except that in Mulk her look is mostly based on Indian wear.

What’s more, her minimal look extends to her beauty choices. Taapsee’s hair has been cut short and she leaves it open when she’s at home. Reflecting her role as a woman from a modest family, she wears almost no makeup.

Taapsee Pannu’s work look

Aarti is a serious lawyer and it shows when she dresses for court. In court, Taapsee is nattily dressed in white and black as mandated by court rules. She wears a crisp white shirt with slim-fit black trousers that taper at the ankle. Her accessories are a thin black belt and black loafers.

Even if you’re not a lawyer, this simple look of a tucked-in shirt with a belt and loafers are enough to make a great impression at work.

Try these suggestions to get Taapsee Pannu’s courtroom look in Mulk:

White shirt from Vero Moda, available on Jabong

White shirt like Taapsee Pannu

Black trousers from Marks & Spencer, available on JabongBlack trousers M&S

Black loafers from Allen Solly, available on Amazon.in

black loafers Amazon

Taapsee Pannu’s casual look

Taapsee’s trademark style at home is simple, straight-cut cotton and linen kurtas. The kurtas’ sleeves are elbow-length and they come with formal collars. This means mandarin collars, not the round and V-necklines that we see everywhere. The kurtas are solid and void of any prints, embroidery and embellishment.

Take a look at this tweet Taapsee Pannu posted from the sets of Mulk:

 

However, her kurtas are NOT BORING, because they have little detailing like a long button placket and a bit of piping around the collar. Taapsee has skipped the ubiquitous churidar, instead opting for straight-fit pants. Tiny diamond earrings and flat kolhapuri-style slippers complete her Indian casual look.

Here are my recommendations to adopt a look similar to Taapsee’s in Mulk.

Kurta from W

kurta from W

Diamond earrings from Caratlane

diamond earrings from caratlane

What did you think of Taapsee Pannu’s look in Mulk? Would you adopt such a look at work or at home?