Preetisheel Singh pats Bernie Sanders!

Recently, when veteran American politician Bernie Sanders was spotted by a lens man sitting in a corner during the inauguration of the new US president Joe Biden, the internet went berserk with viral memes revolving around his grumpy-looking picture.

And just when we thought all that hype had calmed down, we spotted our very own desi look designer Preetisheel Singh with Bernie Sanders on social media.

What’s more! Her pic with Bernie had her patting his scalp. Lol.

But on close inspection it turned out that Bernie’s pic with the prosthetic maverick was actually a new meme. Check out the pic and see how real it looks. Gee!

For the record, Preetisheel Singh is a National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic wiz. She has also designed the look for Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat and is currently in the news for the look she has curated for Akshay Kumar in Bachchan Pandey.

She has worked for some of Bollywood’s huge hits including Bajirao Mastani, Chhichhore, Bala, 102 Not Out and Housefull 4.

Wordsmith Ved Prakash Malik’s book of ghazals Gule-Sarshar published

Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota, Ghazal Samrat Pankaj Udhas pay glowing tributes

Gifted ghazal writer Ved Prakash Malik passed away in January 2004. On his death anniversary, his daughter Kusha Malik has published Gule-Sarshar, a book of his ghazals.

A natural and talented writer, Ved Prakash Malik used to write in the simplest form. The flow of thoughts in his ghazals depict love, liveliness and hope, among many more aspects of life.

In one of the couplets, he writes, “Kuch milen ya na milen, milte milate rahiye… Shauk achcha hai, isse khoob badhaate rahiye… Dost gar kaam na aaye toh bas ye kariye… Unko iss baat ka ehsaas karaate rahiye.”

The unique aspect of this book is that the collection of ghazals can be understood by everyone from all age groups. Anybody can connect and identify with Ved Prakash Malik’s touching words. The ghazals in Gule-Sarshar comprise a mixture of emotions including happiness, grief and simple truths about life.

The book has received appreciation and glowing tributes from prominent personalities including Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota, Ghazal Samrat Pankaj Udhas, actor-director Raju Kher, writer-poet Azhar Iqbal, writer-director Ranjit Kapoor, writer-actor Atul Tiwari and legal luminary Sumant Batra.

We’re sure poetry lovers would appreciate reading this treasure trove of ghazals. The book is available on Amazon.

Preetisheel Singh begins 2021 with Southern megahit Master

Film sets new post-pandemic benchmarks for all big Bollywood and South releases to follow

Preetisheel Singh known for her makeup and prosthetics in Bollywood blockbusters such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore and Housefull 4 has begun 2021 with a bang in the Southern industry.

The National Award-winning look designer gets her first megahit of the year having curated varied unique character looks for Southern superstar Thalapathy Vijay for the Tamil megahit Master, which is one of the first films to release in theatres after the Coronavirus lockdown.

The film has smashed box-office records in the South to enter the 100 Crore Club at the worldwide box-office just within three days of its release, collecting a record Rs 50 crore plus at the Tamil Nadu box-office alone.

Successfully bringing audiences back to the theatres, it’s provided a ray of hope to all filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors across the nation. It opened stupendously in India even at 50 per cent occupancy, setting new benchmarks for all big Bollywood as well as Southern releases to follow this year.

Its mass appeal and mega success has attracted the attention of producers in Bollywood as well. According to a media report, the makers of Kabir Singh — Murad Khetani and Endemol Shine — have already bought the rights to the film at a hefty amount and are said to be planning its remake in Hindi.

Preetisheel Singh recalls the greatest compliment she received from Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh may be the best in what she does. She may have worked with the who’s who of Bollywood including all the A-list actors such as Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

But when it comes to compliments, she almost gets teary-eyed when she recalls a time she took her mom to meet the majestic filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

For the record, Preetisheel has done a hatrick with Bhansali, having worked for the awe-inspiring maker, first on looks of Ranveer Singh for the superhit Bajirao Mastani, then on looks of Ranveer (who can forget that Alauddin Khilji getup), Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra for another blockbuster Padmaavat. And she is working with the prolific filmmaker once again where she is curating Alia Bhatt’s look for his upcoming Gangubai Kathiawadi.

“Sanjay Sir is a gem of a person,” says Preetisheel. “He understands my work and gives me space,” she adds, stating that she has had some of her best experiences working for his movies. In a recent interview, Preetisheel recalled a time, when once she took her mom to meet Bhansali.

“When I took my mom to meet him, he told her — She (Preetisheel) does not need people like us. We need people like her!”

“Imagine how proud that made me. And imagine how proud my mom felt. It was one of the best moments of my career,” adds the look transformation wiz.

The story of India’s No.1 makeup and prosthetic look designer

Chachi 420 changed her life

Today, Preetisheel Singh is a super-accomplished lady. The makeup, hair and prosthetics wiz who received a National Award for her work in Nanak Shah Fakir has worked with the who’s who of the industry, including Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh. The No. 1 look designer of Bollywood has been an integral part of huge box-office successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4.

Recently, in an article in the famous Indian-American publication India West, Preetisheel revealed how she started out and how Kamal Haasan’s look of a woman in Chachi 420 inspired her to enter the world of makeup, hair and prosthetics. Here is an excerpt from the article by veteran journalist Rajiv Vijayakar:

Born to a Sikh family in Pathankot, Singh repeatedly calls her parents “brilliant” for their unconditional support and encouragement at all times. She exults, “After I completed my B. Tech. in Engineering (Electronics & Instrumentation) in 2004, I was hired by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), but I soon realized that I was not wired for such jobs. I was giving my 100 percent, but there was nothing standout that was really happening! I told my mom I wanted to quit, and she just said, ‘Do whatever makes you happy!’”

Her parents are film fanatics and that led to Singh being floored by the 1997 “Chachi 420.” “I was blown by Kamal Haasan’s look as a woman! I came to know that they had to call in foreign technicians for it. I also started digging online into what goes into such prosthetic make-up, initially only just for knowledge. And then I thought, ‘What if I myself do all this?’”

At that time, as luck would have it, TCS had posted her in the US, and Singh resigned, invested all her savings into an expensive six-month course at the Cinema Make-Up School in Los Angeles, and in 2010, arrived in Mumbai, putting up with her sister. She made strategic rounds of producers every day, with contacts derived from JustDial—the Indian search engine.

Predictably, the response was disheartening. Most filmmakers had no clue about her special skills and no requirements either because they did not understand how different she was from the average make-up artiste. But make-up veteran Anil Pemgirikar, who is 70-plus, saw her work, praised her and promised that he would put in a word for her wherever possible.

In 2012, came her first small assignment: of a swollen eye for Akshay Kumar in “Joker,” a film that went unnoticed by the audience. That portion was shot in Chandigarh, and then came the designing of the mutants in “Krrish 3,” under U.S.-based make-up whiz, Mike Stringer.

After finishing her work on the film, in which she helped on the mutants, the production person offered her peanuts as payment and Singh refused to accept the meager remuneration. The person was furious and demanded, “Who do you think you are? Miles Stringer?” Singh recalls, “I told her not to talk to me that way, I don’t owe her anything. But she went on shouting, so I went and told Mike. He got so furious he blasted the person, saying that without me, the mutants would not have been ready on time.”

Gradually, word-of-mouth spread and she got “Nanak Shah Fakir” and “Haider.” The former needed six months prep and she was given a bungalow where she set up a full lab. “I had to do aging for men, make someone’s face fat, show a leper, a chopped off part of a body and so on.”

The rest is history.

Indian-American publication showers praise on Preetisheel Singh

India West, the numero uno publication for the Indian-American community in the US has featured India’s No.1 makeup and prosthetic wiz Preetisheel Singh, showering praises on her “exceptional innings” in Bollywood.

Giving references of Akshay Kumar’s character of Bala in Housefull 4, Ayushmann Khurrana as the hero in Bala, Sunny Singh in Ujda Chaman and many more, the article by veteran journalist Rajiv Vijayakar points out that look designer Preetisheel “specializes in making up the faces of those we know to look like someone we do not!” Adding that with Preetisheel, “it is not just about faces but the entire body, the persona.”

The article goes on to give more details. “Look at Bhumi Pednekar’s appearance as a dark and simple social worker in Bala and contrast her va-va-voom looks in Pati Patni Aur Woh and you know what Singh is up to in film after film. Remember also the plump body-suit of Maanvi Gagroo in Ujda Chaman.”

“The complete look design of every actor in Housefull 4 in the period portions and of every artiste in Chhichhore both in their 1990s youth and current middle-aged versions, the Tamil hit Bigil featuring Vijay in a dual role, and a treasury of past excellence in films as diverse as Bajirao Mastani, Shivaay, Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Mulk and PM Narendra Modi shows that Singh is no ordinary achiever.”

“Exceptional innings in less than eight years sees Singh have no predecessor in Indian cinema,” the article analyses.

For the record, Preetisheel is a National Award-winner, having worked for huge box-offices successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4, and designed looks for all the A-listers including names like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. What’s more! After conquering Bollywood, she is now exploring the Southern industry more and more.

Phalke Academy recipient Chaitanya Padukone honoured with Mumbai Achievers Award

Two decades before Bollywood megastar Deepika Padukone made her dramatic Bollywood acting debut, there was already yet another Padukone — eminent senior film journalist and columnist Chaitanya Padukone who was already making an impact in the print-media by winning laurels and accolades for his brilliant newsy acumen and creative writing calibre.

The latest gem to his career crown is this honour from the online annual Mumbai Achievers Award 2020 founded by Ahsaan Rehan, bearing the citation ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for ‘outstanding contribution to film journalism backed by absolute dedication and professionalism’. This online event has the formal best wishes of the Hon’ble Maharashtra State Governor Shri B.S.Koshyari.

Reacts Chaitanya, “This award carries extra significance for me because the awardees also include Sonu Sood who has been awarded for his meticulous efforts in helping distressed migrants during the pandemic.”

With a large number of filmy breaking news scoops to his credit in the past, Chaitanya is the recipient of the prestigious K.A.Abbas Memorial Gold Medal and Trophy, which was conferred on him for excellence in film journalism by megastar Amitabh Bachchan. More recently, he was honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award in the presence of icons like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and other top Bollywood luminaries for his outstanding contribution to showbiz journalism.

Interestingly, altruistic-by-nature Chaitanya has this commendable (perhaps unique) distinction of being honoured with coveted film journalism awards by both Bollywood superstars Rajesh Khanna and as well as Amitabh Bachchan. In the past, Chaitanya has been known for his widely-read colorful columns for leading Mumbai-centric daily newspapers like Mid-Day (for over 18 years), DNA After Hrs and Afternoon Dispatch & Courier.

Listed in the Limca Book of National Records for maximum number of awards for film journalism, during a given span period from different reputed organizations, rhythm-savvy Chaitanya opted to make his literary debut in 2016 as an author by penning his popular memoirs bestseller book titled R.D.BurMania on legendary Bollywood composer-singer R.D.Burman (Panchamda), with whom he shared a personal rapport for ten years.

The unassuming Chaitanya who has to his past career credit, first-ever exclusive interviews of a galaxy of top Bollywood stars when they were absolute newcomers, was appointed on the Advisory Jury Panel for the Indo-American Young Achievers’ Awards for three consecutive years. For the past three years, multi-faceted Chaitanya has been appointed by the I&B Ministry, Delhi, as an active Member on the Advisory Panel of the Film Censor Board, CBFC, Mumbai.

Feryna Wazheir gallivants to Turkey

Feryna Wazheir gives us a glimpse of her travel adventure exploring the city of Cappadocia, Turkey. Cappadocia is a most beautiful region in central Turkey, famous for its fairytale scenery, cave dwellings, remarkable rock formations and of course, the hundreds of hot air balloons that soar in the sky during sunrise each morning. What’s more! As late as the 1950s, people lived in cave dwellings in this region.

The Airlift and Commando 3-fame actress visited the fairy chimneys of Pasabag Valley, the open-air museums in Göreme, the Love Valley (which is given this name due to the phallic-shaped rock formations), stayed in cave hotels, and went up in a hot air balloon at sunrise — all of which she shared with her fans on Instagram and Facebook stories. And going by the pictures, her magical experience really does look like a fairy tale. Check out the pics.

Anisha Victor is the apple of Reddit’s eyes

The House Next Door and Zee 5’s REJCTX-fame actress Anisha Victor has suddenly become extremely famous on the social media platform Reddit.

So much so, that her fans have been drooling over every part of her body. Lol. We know that sounds a bit crude, but that’s the way it is with these Anisha fans on Reddit. They love her figure, her face, her hair, her legs, her calves, her waist and even her toes. And now one is even drooling over the ‘size’ of her eyes. 😉

Yeah, you read it right! Anisha has “eyes the size of an apple” wrote a fan this week, with a close-up pic of her with big sparkling expressive eyes, typical of a good actress. Gee! But Anisha is loving all the attention.

“I’m so flattered by this Reddit post,” she quips. “I want to tell all my fans there that I love them and they are a helluva bunch of super-cool people. If someday I can be with you guys on Reddit, I’m sure we can have a fantabulous mutual admiration society,” she says with a wink.

Aww. Anisha sure comes across as a happy, fun-loving, caring and attractive person… and oh yes… one with eyes the size of an apple. 😛

Anisha Victor encounters frozen waterfalls and Himalayan bulbuls in Himachal

There are some actresses who slog and go through the grind, living a monotonous mundane lifestyle. And there are others like Anisha Victor who really know what it is to live it up.

The House Next Door and REJCTX fame Anisha is a total fun gal who loves everything from creative arts to scuba diving. This month she thought of taking a break at the foothills of the Himalayas. The travel bug took her to from Karnal in Haryana to Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

From Manali she headed to Kasol, a smaller and quieter town near Kullu. Anisha spent a couple of days there and went on treks to Tosh, Grahan and Kheerganga. “The Kheerganga trek has two routes. We took the forest route to go up where we came across many beautiful waterfalls, some frozen on the way which made it difficult to walk as one could easily skid,” she reminisces.

“On the top of the hill at the Kheerganga base camp, the temperature was -1 and went down to almost -5 in the night. Back in Kasol, it rained non-stop and snowed in the surrounding mountains,” recalls Anisha. She excitedly adds, “We got to see some brown dippers, Himalayan magpie, Himalayan bulbul and some vultures etc on our trip.”

Must say, there are very few actresses who get to balance their professional and personal lives as well as Anisha does. We really envy her unbeatable spirit for exploring life. Kudos, girl.

Preetisheel Singh transforms 10-year old girl into a 90-year old

It is not often that we see drastic and dramatic makeovers which stun us to the extent of giving us an ‘OMG’ feeling. So when one like that happens in the course of a short 45-second advertisement, it does surprise us.

One such advertisement happened this week when makeover wiz Preetisheel Singh turned a 10-year old girl into a 90-year old with makeup and prosthetics.

The National Award-winning character designer, Preetisheel carried out an elaborate look transformation on this little girl for a public initiative by Star TV network, promoting a cleaner, pollution-free tomorrow.

The short clip is all about bringing awareness to the bad quality of air we breathe in and how it ages our insides. And it’s been dealt with in a very smart and safe manner.

“What can happen if children continue to breathe this air? Drive one day less for #CleanAirEveryday,” prods the post accompanying it on social media. The advertisement urges us to hope and work at having cleaner, clearer air and less pollution in future.

For the record, Preetisheel has designed looks for a number of top artists in Bollywood’s box-office successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4. Her other credits include movies such as Andhadhun, Thackeray, Shivaay, Haider, Hawaizaada, Rangoon, Brothers, Talwar, Finding Fanny, Parched, Mom, Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), Malaal, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Raat Akeli Hai, Panga, Ujda Chaman, House Next Door, Bigil, Boomerang and 24.

Along with her work partner-husband Mark D’souza, Preetisheel has set up India’s first makeup and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab in Mumbai. The talented lady is now preparing to launch the Preetisheel School of Character Design.

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