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After Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Preetisheel Singh wants aliens for Bollywood

Preetisheel Singh at work in her studio Da Makeup Lab. - Pic 1.

The list of achievements for National Award-winning makeup and prosthetics designer Preetisheel Singh haven’t stopped from the day she set foot in the world of make-believe.

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“They say, Bollywood is a place where dreams are made. So what better than a profession which helps makes those dreams a reality,” quips Preetisheel, who has designed the looks of actors for some of the topmost movies in Bollywood like Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 3, along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat.

Preetisheel Singh at work with prosthetics.

Her work for the pre-Mughal epic Nanak Shah Fakir directed by Sartaj Singh Pannu bagged her the coveted National Film Award for Best Makeup, while her talent will soon be showcased again in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, where Rishi Kapoor will appear in the look of a devout Muslim. Then there is the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray — the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, presented by Sanjay Raut and directed by Abhijit Panse.

Preetisheel Singh working on makeup of a ghost on the sets of The House Next Door.

So what does it take to create different looks? “Prosthetic has a lot of parts involved in it. You first take the life cast of the actor in 3D measurement after which you sculpt and make moulds, running silicon pieces in it,” explains Preetisheel.

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“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. In fact, it will be good fun and I’d love to create aliens for Bollywood.”

Preetisheel Singh gets the Power Brands Award.

Is the whole process very time-consuming? “When we look at characters with prosthetics on screen, we do not realize how much time and effort goes behind the scenes. The whole process involves a lot of visualization, planning, detailing, art and finally time. But the end result is worth the energy spent,” she concludes with a smile.

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Making the PR industry feel proud

Keshav Rai

Keshav Rai

Two Bollywood PRs have their birthdays today — Keshav Rai, who has earlier ruled television PR for more than a decade. One of the most good-natured and friendly PRs the Indian PR industry has ever witnessed. I salute him.

Baabush Sharma

Baabush Sharma

And secondly, the super-caring, amicable and efficient contemporary PR Baabush Sharma… who I caught up with a week ago after a really long long time. A very happy birthday to both of you. Its guys like you who make the PR industry proud. Rock on 🙂 🙂

Susheel Sharma

Susheel Sharma

Psst: And a very special mention for my close friend Susheel Sharma who celebrated his birthday yesterday. Susheel has earlier handled the PR for some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters, with an extremely successful innings in the profession for almost two decades.

Senior film journalist Chaitanya Padukone injured on Salman Khan’s TV show sets

Following the wrap-up of the Dus Ka Dum Sony TV press-conference on Monday night, addressed by actor-host Salman Khan, senior film journalist Chaitanya Padukone had a nasty accidental fall from the reality-show elevated stage-sets into a freak vacant space at Film City, Mumbai.

Bollywood journalist Chaitanya Padukone

With a deep bleeding gash-wound on his right knee, Chaitanya was administered first-aid and later rushed by fellow film journalist Bharati Dubey, to a nearby hospital, where he was required to undergo multiple surgical stitches and medical treatment.

Currently he is discharged and gradually recovering. Incidentally, Chaitanya happens to personally know Salman even before the mega-star-actor made his acting debut with the movie Biwi Ho Toh Aisi (1988).

Wishing Chaitanya a speedy recovery.

 

Makeover whiz Preetisheel Singh receives rave reviews for 102 Not Out

Preetisheel Singh working on Amitabh Bachchan's look on the sets of 102 Not Out. Pic 2.Basking in the glory of the success of 102 Not Out, its makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh is almost in a daze from a week. The Amitabh BachchanRishi Kapoor starrer brilliantly directed by Umesh Shukla has been a runaway hit with audiences and critics alike.

Preetisheel Singh working on Rishi Kapoor's look on the sets of 102 Not Out. - Pic 3

Ace film reviewer Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror points out that both (Bachchan and Kapoor) “internalize their screen personas to an extent that one often forgets the actors are under the layers of prosthetic.”

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

“Speaking of which, makeup and prosthetic artiste Preetisheel Singh is meticulous in her vision and execution and drafts faces that elaborately convey both their personalities. Even the strands of hair that sits on their head seem to be custom-woven to the brief—the father’s — unkempt and carefree, while the son’s — usually neatly parted, keeping with his orderly manner,” he writes.

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Bollywood Hungama echoes, “The review would be incomplete without the mention of Preetisheel Singh’s makeup, hair and prosthetic. She gives a great look to both the veteran actors which also turns out to be the film’s USP.”

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Covering Preetisheel for News18, journalist Mugdha Kapoor Safaya says, “It would be an understatement to only call her a makeup and prosthetic artiste. Perhaps, the term makeover whiz seems more appropriate.”

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

“While Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are to be credited for getting into the vibe of the characters, prosthetic artiste Preetisheel Singh deserves credit for the amazing physical transformation the actors underwent. With each look that she designs, Preetisheel provides an accurate physical aid to the characters being portrayed,” writes Urban Asian journalist Diana Lydia Parmar on social media.

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

“I’m humbled by the stupendous praise. 2018 has been a breathtakingly amazing year for me,” says Preetisheel, who emerged Bollywood’s No.1 look designer after she curated the looks for Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster Padmaavat.

Preetisheel Singh working on Rishi Kapoor's look on the sets of 102 Not Out. - Pic 4

This year also saw the re-release of the Sartaj Singh Pannu-directed Nanak Shah Fakir which got Preetisheel the National Film Award for Best Makeup. But the lady has no time to slow down. Her work will soon be showcased in the Harshvardhan Kapoor-starrer Bhavesh Joshi Superhero directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, followed by the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray — the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, presented by Sanjay Raut and directed by Abhijit Panse. For Preetisheel, it looks like the year has just begun.

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This Twitter post on Avengers: Infinity War cracked us up!

As appeared on Medium.com

Courtesy: https://medium.com/@bollywoodfeatures/this-twitter-post-on-avenger

Avengers - Infinty War. Pic 1 (Image Courtesy - Internet)

Much has been written about Avengers: Infinity War from the last few weeks. From the trailers we all knew that the new super-villain Thanos wanted to destroy half the universe. We knew that he’d swat away superheroes like flies on his dessert.

Avengers - Infinty War. Pic 5 (Image Courtesy - Internet)

So hardly anything can come as a surprise now, we thought. Until Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar posted this on his Twitter. “Since Thanos is supposed to have finished off half the universe… now, as usual, it’s time to spend a few days marking ourselves ‘safe’ on Facebook,” he wrote.

Dale’s crazy thought combined with a dollop of sarcasm about the amount of time we spend on Facebook, not only cracked us up, but got us thinking too.

 

The public relations specialist often gives us some of the news first on his social media. Like even before the official release of the new Avengers movie, the Bollywood publicist’s FB post read: “RIP Loki, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Groot, Doctor Strange. But don’t think we are so stupid that we do not know that you all will come back. Ganda hai par dhanda hai ye. (It’s dirty business, but its business)”

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We were sad hearing our favourite superheroes are gonna die, but Dale’s post sure confirmed our suspicions (and hope) that they would soon return. How? Dale hasn’t posted that! Not yet! Lol.

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Diana Hayden still doesn’t know WHY Tripura CM Biplab Deb targeted her!

As appeared on MangoBunch.com

Courtesy: https://www.mangobunch.com/diana-hayden-still-doesnt-know-why-tripura-cm-biplab-deb-targeted-her/

Diana Hayden - Pic 1 (Image courtesy - nternet)

Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden “still doesn’t know why she was singled out and targeted” by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb last week, says Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar. The CM attacked her “out-of-the-blue and a full twenty years after she won the title. One can’t help but wonder if there was any PR agenda behind it,” added the public relations man.

Dale who handled the media for Diana earlier was the first person to stand up for her and react after the CM’s barbs. “When I read about what was said, I could not hold back. I spoke up and tried to get in touch with Diana. When I spoke to her, the first question she asked me was why this was happening after all these years.” That question still remains and it seems like only Biplab Deb can answer it.

Deb first has created a media storm when he claimed that the internet existed in India during Mahabharata era. And even before the hoopla died, he attacked Diana Hayden saying that the beauty pageant winner does not represent Indian beauty; Aishwarya Rai does. He went on to say, “Indian beauty is all about Goddess LaxmiGoddess Saraswati. Diana Hayden does not fit to that class of beauty.”

When Diana reacted to his outbursts, Deb had to eat his words. Dale points out that the beauty queen “handled the controversy most graciously, intelligently countering the CM in the media.” This, along with public outrage, compelled him to regret his comments and give an apology to news channels within 24 hours.

 

 

 

Avengers: Infinity War supervillain Thanos is emotional and emotive, says Bollywood PR Dale Bhagwagar

Mini Review: Avengers: Infinity War

 

Avengers: Infinity War may set box-office records worldwide, but overall, its no great shakes. One-time watch. Very thin storyline and the characters are so many, none of them get a chance to shine.

Too many scenes, too many situations; all packed in a long movie. In fact, a few of the guys came across as ill-developed characterisations and weak superheroes.

The only character one could relate to was Thanos… because the makers have concentrated on the emotional and emotive side of this new so-called supervillain.

And yes…. by the end of the movie, one begins wondering whether what Thanos is doing is actually right… easing the chaos in the universe. I am trying to imagine Mumbai having half of the population it has….. Gosh…. Traffic problems khatam. 

Now waiting for Part 2 😉

Avengers Infinity War

Mini Review of Avengers: Infinity War by Bollywood PR Dale Bhagwagar