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Not only Farhan Akhtar, even Milkha Singh could be proud of The Faith Runner

[Above] Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Image Courtesy - Google), [Below] Samir Singh running in Mumbai.

When Farhan Akhtar brilliantly transformed himself for the epic Milkha Singh-movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it was a delight to watch his wondrous feat. But not all achievers get the mileage Bollywood stars get.

[Left] Samir Singh running in Mumbai, [Right] Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Image Courtesy - Google).

Like what Samir Singh is doing for a hundred days is yet another mind-boggling adventure in itself. Samir is not an actor, nor is he prepping for a movie. He’s purely a runner and like all runners, in awe of the legendary Milkha Singh — The Flying Sikh. And because of Samir’s strong spiritual beliefs and his faith in Lord Krishna, he’s fondly called The Faith Runner.

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Around three months ago, the ultra marathoner embarked on an inconceivable journey of pushing human endurance to the extreme. He undertook a mission to run 100 kilometers every day for 100 days within Mumbai, covering a total distance of 10,000 kilometers.

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Such an extraordinary feat has never been attempted before by any long distance runner anywhere in the world — which makes Samir the first to conceive and attempt this grueling format in distance running. As of this week, he has successfully completed 80 days.

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Moreover, he has been accomplishing this run without help from any support group, organization, physiotherapist, masseur, dietitian, nutritionist or media coverage. The only support he has had until now is from his younger brother who cooks for him and some contributions from his well-wishers in the running community.

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Interestingly for Samir, filmmakers Vikram and Vandana Bhatti, a brother-sister duo of Marathon Films, who happen to be running enthusiasts too, have begun a Facebook campaign called The Faith Runner (with the unique title coined by Vikram Bhatti). www.facebook.com/TheFaithRunner/.

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Here’s hoping that more and more people of the world come together to celebrate, salute and applaud this unsung athlete as he creates history.

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Twitter goes bonkers comparing Priyanka Chopra pic to Radhe Maa

 

A picture of India’s biggest sensation in Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra, is causing quite a stir on Twitter from the last one week.

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“As Priyanka Chopra continues to rule the world as a global star, fans and critics are not ready to spare her even for the oldest of things. A picture from an old photoshoot re-surfaced online and Twitteratti is going crazy over Priyanka Chopra’s look in the photo,” reports Hindustan Times with a headline which reads, “Priyanka Chopra’s blonde photo surfaces, trolls call it return of Radhe Maa.”

 

In the pic, the actress has donned a stunning “red knit dress with a cape-styled detail on the neckline, with bold graphic liner on the eyes and a red lipstick. But what is most striking about her look is the blonde wig”, reads the write-up adding tweets like “Guys, the wait is over. Radhe Maa is back.”

Priyanka Chopra and Radhe Maa. Collage 2. (Priyanka's image courtesy - Google)

“Priyanka Chopra’s old photoshoot for a fashion magazine resurrected recently and social media decided to troll it while invoking Game Of Thrones, Lady Gaga and Radhe Maa in the process,” NDTV wrote on their website. It pointed out that the picture in question is from a 2015 photoshoot when Priyanka had started gaining popularity in the West, courtesy her television show Quantico, before she signed Baywatch with Dwayne Johnson.

 

Mumbai-based public relations specialist Dale Bhagwagar who looks after the PR for Global Advertisers, the patrons of Radhe Maa, says he’s “intrigued  by the hullabaloo over the pic.”

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“Priyanka is an icon, and so is Radhe Maa. Priyanka is an ocean of achievement whereas Radha Maa is an ocean of kindness. Both are stars in their own right. But to compare the pic to Radhe Maa’s just because the ‘godwoman’ prefers to wear red, is taking things a bit too far,” remarks the Bollywood publicist, who has coincidently also handled the media publicity for Priyanka Chopra earlier.

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Preetisheel Singh reveals how she designs looks for movies like Padmavati

 

National award-winning make-up and prosthetics artiste Preetisheel Singh, who is working on Ranveer SinghShahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s looks in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited period drama Padmavati, says she is trying to do something different with the looks in the film.

Preetisheel Singh working on Ranveer Singh's look during Bajirao Mastani.

“Padmavati is set during the 12th century, and we don’t have paintings from that era from where we can take references,” she said in an interview to Scroll.in. So Preetisheel has gone ahead and photoshoped  ideas before putting them into practice. She says, though it is an imaginative and time-consuming process, it’s not very difficult for her as she always tries to make the actor don a look that he or she hasn’t had before.

 

Now anyone who knows even a little bit about Preetisheel would agree to that. After all, she has made a lot of heads turn with her work for actors in more than 15 movies including Bajirao MastaniRangoonBrothersMomHaiderParchedHawaizaadaShivaayTalwarHousefull 3Ghayal Once AgainFinding 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 Make-Up’.

Preetisheel Singh working with Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor for 102 Not Out and with Nawazuddin Suddiqui for Mom.

Soon her work will also be seen in awaited movies like Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not OutVikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi and Sunny Deol’s Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.

 

“Besides providing services for any makeup related demands under one roof, my main motto is to provide quality makeup” she adds in the Scroll interview. That is also the reason why she has launched ‘Da Makeup Lab’ a special effects makeup studio, which caters to prosthetics, body painting, tattoo work and character designing.

 

“Prosthetic has a lot of parts involved in it,” she explains. “You first take the life cast of the actor in 3D measurement after which you sculpt and make moulds, running silicon pieces in it. The silicon pieces are then applied on the actor and are merged with the actor’s skin so that it doesn’t look artificial. So tomorrow if a filmmaker comes up and has the requirement for an alien creature, we can do it.”

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Preetisheel Singh garners widespread acclaim for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s look in Mom

National Award-winning make-up and prosthetics expert Preetisheel Singh who curated Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s look for the film Mom, has been receiving accolades and admiration ever since the release of the film. “I’m amazed and humbled by the stupendous appreciation I’ve got,” she says with a smile.

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“I’d worked hard on Nawazuddin’s bald look with buck teeth for the film, and I was expecting it to be noticed. But the kind of glowing feedback it has received, is beyond my expectations,” she admits.

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“Not only did all the film critics laud the look and character, but audiences including all my friends showered praise. Some sent me colourful bouquets too; another memory I would cherish for a long long time. It all seems like a sudden pleasant dream. Luckily, its reality.”

 

Preetisheel puts in a special word of thanks for the makers for their faith in her abilities. “It’s because of the faith the filmmakers put in me and the freedom they gave me to experiment, made Nawazuddin’s look turn out even better than planned. Moreover, he is one of those rare actors, totally dedicated to his profession. And that helped a lot,” she remarks.

Preetisheel Singh with Nawazuddin Siddiqui on the sets of Mom.

After bagging the ‘National Film Award for Best Make-Up’ for Sartaj Singh Pannu’s pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir, this whiz of makeovers has worked on various artistes in films such as Bajirao MastaniHaiderBrothersRangoonParchedTalwarGhayal Once AgainHawaizaadaFinding FannyHousefull 3Shivaay and the Tamil film 24.

Coming up next are more varied characters in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s PadmavatiSunny Deol’s Pal Pal Dil Ke PaasVikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi and Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out. So picture (bahut saari pictures) abhi baaki hai. 😉

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Evelyn Sharma wows social media with a song drop on her birthday

 

Evelyn Sharma never fails to impress us! The Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani actress had yet another Sunny Sunny moment this week. She shared a unique morning gift for her social media fans on her birthday. While Bollywood heads to New York for IIFA, Evelyn leaked a 30-second teaser clip from her upcoming single ‘Land of Dreams’ shot in LA with US-based music producer-composer Brooklyn Shanti.

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The clip had her gyrating to the track sung and written by the spunky gal herself.  As the day progressed, she revealed that the song will be exclusively available on Gaana.com, while the full video can now be watched on YouTube.

 

 

And while her online fans were thrilled with her new pics and clips, not many realized their striking similarity with the look and feel of the latest promotional campaign of American singer and actress Selena Gomez’s upcoming single ‘Fetish’.

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Now whether the design similarity is coincidental or just a naughty move is up for debate. But one thing is sure — Evelyn’s bombshell looks and chirpy voice in the video do steal the show. Her birthday surprise has turned out to be as good as those spicy inside stories the fashion philanthropist shares on her blog Evelyn Secrets.

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Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor’s focus is like meditation, says Preetisheel Singh

 

National Award-winning professional makeup, hair and prosthetics specialist Preetisheel Singh who has worked on the looks of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor for Umesh Shukla’s film 102 Not Out, is floored by their magnetic appeal. “Even after all these years in the business of entertainment, their child-like enthusiasm and devotion to their art is awe-inspiring,” gushes Preetisheel.

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

“Their energy and intensity is infectious and exhilarating,” she remarks, “so much so that one can compare it with the current heartthrobs.” She recalls the professionalism with which both the actors would patiently spend hours during their makeup, without once complaining about the time it took. Their focus was like meditation.”

 

“What’s more! They would chip in their bit with interesting suggestions and even after the meticulous time spent for their makeovers, the team would always find them smiling when their shots were ready.”

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

When Preetisheel first learnt about the legends coming together after 26 years, she was excited. Her job became even more demanding when she had to work on looks and references with them playing father and son. “Creating that age disparity was a task but it gives me great satisfaction that the makers and actors are happy with the outcome,” she adds.

 

The movie has Bachchan playing a 102-year-old father to Rishi Kapoor as his 75-year-old son. 102 Not Out is based on writer-director Saumya Joshi’sGujarati play with the actors playing Gujarati characters for the first time.

Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out. (Image courtesy - Google)

Since bagging the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’ for Sartaj Singh Pannu’s pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir, Preetisheel has worked on various artistes in films such as Bajirao MastaniHaiderBrothersRangoonParchedTalwarGhayal Once AgainHawaizaadaFinding FannyHousefull 3Shivaay and the Tamil film 24.

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Her work will be showcased next with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s bald look in Ravi Udyawar’s film Mom produced by more Bollywood heavyweights Boney KapoorSunil ManchandaNaresh AgarwalMukesh Talreja and Gautam Jain. Coming up after this, would be varied characters in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s PadmavatiSunny Deol’s Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi. Preetisheel sure has a satisfyingly busy year ahead.

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Hollywood calling Evelyn Sharma?

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Evelyn Sharma has worked with interesting makers like David DhawanRohan SippyDivya Khosla KumarAyan Mukerji and Imtiaz Ali in Bollywood flicks like Main Tera HeroNautanki SaalaYaariyanYeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and the upcoming Jab Harry Met Sejal.

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But she really surprised the industry further, when she recently became the only speaker from our entertainment industry to address an audience including global leaders on world peace and unity at US president Donald Trump’sNational Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.

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Now it seems Evelyn has a new list of surprises up her sleeve. Turns out, her frequent trips to Los Angeles were not about a boyfriend, but movies in the West. “Super exciting times. Nice to get inquiries and read scripts in LA,” she’s just tweeted.

 

What’s more! Rumour has it that Evelyn also has an agent in the US. So don’t be surprised if she’s the next from Bollywood to add to the escapades of Priyanka ChopraDeepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan’s in Hollywood.

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And while some of our actors have been prepping their creative juices and boosting their adrenalin looking at international movies, Evelyn’s not even stopping at that. Her recent trip to the States, had New York based music producer Brooklyn Shanti fly down to LA to make more music with her.

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Yes! She’s written and recorded a few new songs and shot a music video on her recent trip. Need we say, the numbers can be expected to even better her last attempt at singing ‘Something Beautiful’.

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Plus, apart from Jab Harry Met Sejal, Evelyn will also be seen playing the lead opposite Amit Sadh in Jack & Dil. So her year ahead promises a lot.

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