Dolly Ahluwalia is an Indian actress and costume designer who was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001 for costume design.She has won the National Film Award thrice, twice for Best Costume Design for Bandit Queen (1993) and Haider(2014), and then as Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Donor (2012), which is also her best known role as an actor.
Ahluwalia started her career with designing costumes of theatre. Thereafter she started film career with Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen in 1993, which got her first National Film Award for Best Costume Design. Thereafter she designed for notable directors like Vishal Bhardwaj in The Blue Umbrella (2005), Omkara (2006), Blood Brothers (2007),Kaminey (2009) and Haider (2014), with Deepa Mehta in Water (2005) and Midnight’s Children (2012). Besides working with mainstream Bollywood films like Love Aaj Kal(2009), Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) and with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).
1995: National Film Award for Best Costume Design: Bandit Queen
2001: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Costume Design
2013: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Vicky Donor (2012)
2014: Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
2015: Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design – Haider
2014: National Film Award for Best Costume Design: Haider