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POINTERS: National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh

 

POINTERS: National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh

After Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali repeated Preetisheel Singh for Padmaavat. She designed the looks of all the main starcast including Ranveer Singh (as the evil ruler Alauddin Khilji), Deepika Padukone (as the legendary queen Padmavati) and Shahid Kapoor (as the Rajput ruler Ratan Singh). Viewers and film critics alike, have been awestruck with the results, with Preetisheel emerging the undisputed No.1 make-up, hair and prosthetic designer in the film industry.

 

Videos of look tests during the making of Padmaavat:

 

Preetisheel has created the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s in Thackeray… the biopic being made on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. Its teaser was released some time ago by Uddhav Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan and received widespread critical acclaim.

 

She has worked on Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s look earlier too in the movie Mom, where her make-up and prosthetic work was highly appreciated.

 

She has also done the make-up and prosthetic for actors in films like Shivaay, Haider, Hawaizaada, Housefull 3, Rangoon, Brothers, Talwar, Finding Fanny, Parched, Ghayal Once Again and the Tamil/Hindi film 24.

 

After Padmaavat, Preetisheel has also begun receiving a lot of offers down South. She has just accepted a Tamil film called Boomerang, where she is working on the looks for famous Tamil actor Ataharvaa Murali.

 

She received the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’ for the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir based on the life of Guru Nanak, wherein she designed the looks for all the characters in the movie. The film has recently re-released through Viacom18 Motion Pictures amid controversy.

 

Preetisheel’s work of creating believable ghost-figures for the recent horror film House Next Door has also been praised a lot. The film, which released in three languages (as House Next Door in Hindi, as Aval in Tamil and Gruham in Telugu) garnered critical acclaim and once again earned a lot of positive reviews for her work.

 

For the upcoming film 102 Not Out directed by Umesh Shukla, Preetisheel has designed the looks for Amitabh Bachchan as a 102-year-old man, as well as for Rishi Kapoor playing his 75-year-old son. Its trailer and songs, including Badumbaa and Bachche Ki Jaan Loge Kya are already a rage.

 

She is also working on Rishi Kapoor’s look of a devout Muslim in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk. https://bit.ly/2zvKG5a

 

Apart from Mulk and Thackeray, her work as a make-up, hair and prosthetic designer will soon be showcased once again in upcoming movies such as Vikramaditya Motwane’s film Bhavesh Joshi Superhero starring Harshvardhan Kapoor. Its teaser has just released, revealing Harshvardhan’s look as a vigilante and it’s been the talk of the town.

 

After this, there is Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, the debut film of Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol.

 

Preetisheel has also set up India’s first make-up and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab and her goal is to bring standards of make-up and prosthetic in India at par with Hollywood.

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Padmaavat, 102 Not Out makeover wiz in high demand for Southern films

The South-Indian film industry is often considered to have more finesse than Bollywood. It is often said that many Southern movies are technically savvier than Bollywood flicks. Thus a lot of South directors and other technicians are sought after in the Hindi film industry, but not the other way round.

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But that’s not the case National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh is witnessing. Ever since her work received critical acclaim in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Preetisheel has been getting loads of offers to handle the looks of artistes from Southern industry.

 

Currently busy with handling the makeup and prosthetic for the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray (the film on the legendary Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray), the makeover wiz has accepted famous Tamil actor Ataharvaa Murali’s movie Boomerang in the South.

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It can be noted here that Preetisheel’s work had garnered tremendous praise for another Tamil superhit 24 earlier. Her next Bollywood film to hit the screen would be the much-awaited Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out directed by Umesh Shukla. Its promos and songs, including Badumbaa and Bachche Ki Jaan Loge Kya are already a rage.

Preetisheel Singh working on Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor's look on the sets of 102 Not Out.

Meanwhile, Nanak Shah Fakir which won Preetisheel a National Award (she designed the looks for all the characters in the movie) has re-released amid controversy.

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And as if all this is not enough, the lady’s work will soon be seen in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero starring Harshvardhan Kapoor. Its teaser has just released, revealing Harshvardhan’s look as a vigilante and it’s been the talk of the town. What more can Preetisheel ask for!

 

After Padmaavat, Preetisheel Singh consolidates lead with 102 Not Out

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National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh won enormous critical acclaim when she designed the looks for Deepika PadukoneShahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. But this doesn’t seem enough for her roller coaster ride to success.

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The lady has quickly gone ahead and consolidated her position as the No.1 in her field of work with the Amitabh BachchanRishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out directed by Umesh Shukla. The teaser of the film in which Big B and Rishi play father and son, has been creating quite a stir and the movie is expected to generate much more.

 

 

Speaking about the magnetic appeal of the legendary actors, Preetisheel says, “I was a baby when they were shining bright and they are still ruling hearts. So yes, you got to toughen up and think beyond the aura they exude. Designing their looks was a hard task. More so, as I was aware that combined with their talent, the looks would go way beyond visual appeal.”

 Preetisheel Singh working on Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor's look on the sets of 102 Not Out.

“Plus, at their age and stature, it takes a lot of patience to sit and allow so much makeup to happen and then go out and perform. Even after all these years in the business of entertainment, their child-like enthusiasm and devotion to their art is awe-inspiring. Their energy and intensity is infectious and exhilarating, so much so that one can compare it with the current heartthrobs,” she adds.

 Preetisheel Singh working on Amitabh Bachchan's look on the sets of 102 Not Out.

Preetisheel’s repertoire includes projects such as Housefull 3Mom, the Tamil film 24BrothersRangoon,ParchedShivaayTalwarHouse Next DoorHaiderGhayal Once AgainFinding FannyHawaizaada as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir, for which she won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’. And she has no plans of slowing down.

 Preetisheel Singh working on Rishi Kapoor's look on the sets of 102 Not Out.

Her work will soon be showcased once again in upcoming movies such as Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh JoshiSunny Deol’s son Karan Deol’s debut film Pal Pal Dil Ke PaasRishi Kapoor-starrer Mulk and theNawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray to name a few.

Ranveer Singh praises Preetisheel Singh for Padmaavat

Except from both being Singhs, the only relation they have is that one is an actor and the other, a make-up, hair and prosthetic designer. Disclaimer sorted (wink), Ranveer Singh pleasantly surprised Preetisheel Singh when he recently praised her work on social media.

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When a Twitter fan asked Ranveer about how he got his evil look as Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, the actor promptly replied saying, “Umm. Well Preetisheel and Sanjay Sir should be given credit for the look, really. Baaki I internalised… some…. err… dark shit… and every expression, mannerism, the whole vibe and energy of the character just followed as a result.”

“I’m grateful to Bhansali Sir for showing so much faith in my work,” says Preetisheel who also designed looks for another of the maker’s magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani earlier.

 

She puts in a special word of thanks for Ranveer. “However naughty and mischievous Ranveer comes across in his movies and interactions in media, let me tell you that he is one of the most dedicated and highly professional  actors when it comes to work. He would embody the persona of Alauddin Khilji the moment we would begin the look transformation,” reveals Preetisheel.

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“The make-up, hair and prosthetic would take several hours, and most of the time he would patiently stare in the mirror, completely immersed in the character. By the time his look was done he would walk, talk and behave like Khilji, even before he reached the camera,” she adds.

 

For the uninitiated, Preetisheel Singh is India’s No.1 make-up, hair and prosthetic specialist who has worked on various actors in some of the topmost advertisements and Bollywood movies. Her repertoire includes projects such as Housefull 3, Mom, the Tamil film 24, Brothers, Rangoon, Parched, Shivaay, Talwar, House Next Door, Haider, Ghayal Once Again, Finding Fanny, Hawaizaada as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir, for which she won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’.

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Her future projects include movies like the Amitabh BachchanRishi Kapoor-starrer 102 Not Out, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi, Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol’s debut film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, Rishi Kapoor-starrer Mulk and the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray to name a few.

 

Preetisheel has also set up India’s first make-up and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab in Mumbai and her goal is to bring standards of make-up and prosthetics in India at par with Hollywood.

 

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Padmaavat’s makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh on cloud nine

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National award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh was so perturbed by all the controversies and protests surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, she chose not to say anything about her work for it till its release.

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“It broke my heart witnessing all the turmoil the film was going through. So I had decided, I will only speak about it when the labour of work met success,” remarks Preetisheel who designed the looks for all the top artists including Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

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“I cannot even imagine how Bhansali Sir would have coped up with the storm. My admiration for him has increased manifold,” she adds.

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The best in her business, Preetisheel knows her job inside-out, but admits that her work for Padmaavat was extremely challenging. “When working with Bhansali Sir, one has to be ready to always put in that extra bit as he has such a keen eye for aesthetics and detail. I read the script and understood the characters — how they dealt with people. Visualized the environment they would have grown up in, their likes and dislikes, their personality etcetera,” she explains.

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“There’s a lot of study that went into getting under the skin of every character. Post this, I went through my look-references and finally came up with something that would equally excite the director and the actors. I was thrilled when Bhansali Sir finalized the looks.”

 

With the movie garnering tremendous acclaim from all quarters and being a roaring success at the box office, Preetisheel is “super happy and relieved that everyone’s efforts have finally borne fruit.”

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It can be noted here that the lady has also received a lot of praise earlier for her work with actors in more than a dozen movies including Bajirao Mastani, Rangoon, Brothers, Mom, Haider, Parched, Hawaizaada, Shivaay, Talwar, Housefull 3, Ghayal Once Again, Finding Fanny, the Tamil film 24 as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir for which she won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’.

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Coming up next are movies like the Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi, Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol’s debut film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas and the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray to name a few.

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Ashok Chaudhary to play a spy in Code Name Abdul

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New York-based Indian actor Ashok Chaudhary who was earlier seen in key roles in Ekta Kapoor’s mega soaps Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Kkavyanjali, will play a spy in Eshwar Gunturu’s upcoming Bollywood film Code Name Abdul which stars Tanishaa Mukerji in the lead.
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“With Tiger Zinda Hai touching 300-crore business, everyone has a renewed interest in movies involving spies. But I believe that Bollywood often portrays spies in a very superficial manner. I hope to introduce more intrigue and suaveness through my character. I am sure that will give it an edge,” says Ashok.
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A hardcore fan of Marlon BrandoRobert De Niro and Al Pacino movies, Ashok hails from Haryana and is a trained theatre graduate from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
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“At an early age, my father introduced me to films like Pather PanchaliGarm Hava and Taxi Driver and they inspired me to be an actor,” he reminisces. “However, when I told my folks at home about my acting dreams, they thought I’d gone crazy. But once they began seeing my work, they understood my passion.”
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Shifting to America, Ashok studied method acting through some of the best schools including the Stella Adler School of ActingThe Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and The Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio of New York. Known for being a meticulous perfectionist, he has been a part of a fair share of plays, television serials as well as award-winning short films like Lucky Day and Back Up.
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The Man’s Woman and Other Stories, where he played the protagonist, won the Orizzonti Award at Venice Film Festival, while his supporting role in the Indo-American Malayalam comedy film Monsoon Mangoes also got him acclaim.
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Apart from Code Name Abdul, Ashok is looking forward to filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s (of the 13-minute Cannes-winning short Afternoon Clouds fame) untitled film, where he portrays a weather forecaster from the 1970s. He will also be seen in a British film Ascendancy, where he essays an actor’s journey.
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Plus, Ashok will be performing one of the leads in an Off-Broadway play The Music In My Blood this year. So it’s gonna be a super-busy year for this upcoming actor. Way to go!

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Brazilian ambassador compliments Chaitanya Padukone’s book R.D.BurMania

 (Clockwise) 1. Ambassador of Brazil, Tovar da Silva Nunes with Chaitanya Padukone, 2. book cover, 3. Chaitanya Padukone with R.D.Burman, 4. R.D.Burman.

Recently, when the affable Ambassador of Brazil, His Excellency Tovar da Silva Nunes browsed though the book ‘R.D.BurMania: PanchaMemoirs’, the senior diplomat seemed quite impressed. Among many aspects, the memoirs authored by distinguished film journalist Chaitanya Padukone, highlights little-known information about the maverick maestro R.D.Burman’s ‘Brazilian connection’.

 Ambassador of Brazil, His Excellency Tovar da Silva Nunes complimenting Chaitanya Padukone (right) for the book R.D.BurMania - PanchaMemoirs.

“The contents of the book are very interesting and I am keen to know more about the Indian composer RDB,” said the ambassador in a formal response letter. Earlier, at the Brazilian National I-Day celebrations in Mumbai, the ambassador had personally complimented Padukone for the author’s meticulous efforts in enlightening music-buffs about this Indo-Brazilian music fusion.

 A file pic of author Chaitanya Padukone with R.D.Burman.

Curiously enough, RDB, fondly known as Pancham Da, had this fascination for Brazilian folk music and innovatively composed numbers like ‘Jeevan Ke Har Mod Pe Mil Jaayenge Humsafar’ with a Brazilian flavor. Known for his fetish for world music, he had even attended the Rio De Janeiro carnival once. He often incorporated pulsating Brazilian rhythms like the Bossa Nova, which was actually one of his favourites.

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Notably, RDB is the undisputed king of retro music, with his songs a rage even with today’s youth. We often hear remix versions of his numbers in movies and they are extremely popular at pub circuits too.

 (Clockwise) 1. Ambassador of Brazil, Tovar da Silva Nunes with Chaitanya Padukone, 2. Chaitanya Padukone with R.D.Burman, 4. and 5. R.D.Burman.

Meanwhile on January 4, the legendary Bollywood composer-singer’s legion of fans worldwide, will observe his twenty-fourth death anniversary.

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