Nepotism-free Anisha Victor lands on the digital cover of Filmfare


Spunky stunner Anisha Victor who has been making waves as the hot-hot Kiara in Zee 5’s hit web series REJCTX directed by Goldie Behl, has landed the digital cover of Filmfare.

Looking dainty in a regal pose and having her REJCTX co-star Masi Wali giving her stellar company, Anisha seems to have done away with that feisty adventurous image she carries as Kiara in the series.

The cover has her looking all elegant which also made Filmfare post THIS on their Instagram: “Millennial love for the millennial generation! We introduce you to India’s hottest sweethearts – KiAarav, the leading pair Aarav Sharma (@MasiWali) & Kiara Tiwari (@AnishaVictor) of @zee5premium musical thriller #REJCTX2 (@rejctx.zee5) make a mark on the digital cover of #Filmfare. #ZEE5 Directed by @GoldieBehl #REJCTX.”

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Not belonging to any film family, Anisha’s father is actually a Colonel in the Army and has lived all over India, including Delhi, Dehradun, Allahabad, Siliguri, Jodhpur, Jammu and Gangtok, before shifting base to Mumbai.

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Anisha first impressed Bollywood when she played the possessed gal in Viacom Motion Pictures’ horror film The House Next Door. The film got her a lot of critical acclaim and made good business at the box-office. And she’s rocking in REJCTX now, with all that promise she holds. Yes, yes!  We’re watching and tracking this new kid on the block.

Preetisheel Singh feeds animals in Pathankot

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Not many are aware that Bollywood’s No1 hair, makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh is crazy about pets and animals.

“Leave her in a zoo and she can forget me for a full day,” jokes her work partner and husband Mark Dsouza. Together, they run the premier studio Da Makeup lab in Versova, Mumbai, which has curated the looks for the topmost stars and films such as Padmaavat, Chhichhore, Bala, 102 Not Out, Thackeray and Housefull 4.

Put up at her hometown Pathankot during the Coronavirus lockdown, Preetisheel’s day begins with feeding cows and then stray dogs around her colony. Once in a while, even horses from a farm nearby.

Preetisheel Singh - Animal care 11“The lockdown has dealt a blow to all of us. But we humans are blessed with enhanced thinking and can find myriad ways of survival. But that is not the case with many animals. They don’t have the same luxury and depend on humans for food,” says Preetisheel.

“So just as we take care of our kin, it’s important to spare a thought, some love and food for their well-being too,” she adds. Her compassion is very touching indeed.

Sharat Chandra recreates a 1862 world classic painting through photography

Raising many eyebrows, ace photographer Sharat Chandra has posted a photograph depicting a 158 year old controversial painting on his Instagram this week.

Sharat Chandra's photographic recreation of the world classic painting 'The Luncheon on the Grass'.

He has recreated the famous 1862 classic painting Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass) — originally titled Le Bain (The Bath) — which has created a furore over its theme for as long as one can remember. What Sharat has done is picked the theme of the world-renowned painting and shot it with models as a photograph.

The Luncheon on the Grass is a large oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet created in 1862. It depicts a female nude and a scantily dressed female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. The painting sparked public notoriety and controversy in its time, and is now placed in the Musée d’Orsay museum in Paris.

“On a trip to Paris, I happened to visit this museum and the painting caught my eye. I sat in front of it for half an hour, admiring it and understanding the depth of the painter and the colour palette,” says Sharat. “I kept thinking about the boldness of the creator and controversies associated with it over the years. The thoughts just kept coming back and so one day, I decided to recreate the scenario,” he informs.

The idea of the project was to remake a famous work of art using photography. After finding the right models, Sharat began searching for the right place to shoot it in India. “Since it involved nudity in the open, I had to make sure the models felt comfortable during the shoot. I wanted a secluded beach to shoot it and finally found one,” quips Sharat.

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Interestingly, he recollects a very interesting facet. “The day I was shooting it, there was an India-Pakistan match happening and India was winning. Everyone was glued to their TV sets, and we had a gala time finding complete privacy and comfort to shoot it on the beachside,” he recalls.

On the nudity aspect in the painting, Sharat says, “It’s empowering for many models to pose naked. Moreover, they end up giving confidence and empowering others to appreciate the human form. Art is nothing but beauty realized,”  he concludes.

Anisha Victor was learning to sell office furniture! Now she’s an accomplished actress!!

Anisha Victor - Collage 2If you are one of those who has been following Zee5 Originals’ hit series REJCTX directed by Goldie Behl, you’d know that lead actress Anisha Victor (who plays the spunky Kiara), makes quite an impact. With the recently released second season of REJCTX quickly catching on with the viewers, Anisha has her fingers crossed.

She’s the same girl who first left a stellar impression on Bollywood audiences when she played the vivacious possessed gal in Viacom Motion Pictures’ horror film The House Next Door. Releasing in three languages, the film too, was a hit and even earned rave reviews for her.

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But Anisha hasn’t popped on to the glamour scene overnight. She’s gone through the grind, from being a marketing and sales trainee, to learning how to act, then modeling for some time, before stepping into movies and web series’.

Her father is a Colonel in the Indian Army and she has grown up travelling a lot. Born in Allahabad, she’s a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi and has also lived in places including Dehradun, Jammu, Jodhpur, Siliguri and Gangtok.

Shifting to Mumbai, she trained in sales and marketing for a Singapore-based office furniture company. Yes, she was learning to sell furniture, when she decided to shift gears and train in acting at the Barry John Acting School and also with actor-filmmaker and acting coach Neeraj Kabi.

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Anisha has done ads for some top brands such as Cadbury, Sunsilk, Maruti, Foster’s, Flipkart, ICICI, Canon, Fastrack, OYO, Make My Trip and ITC Engage. She has even acted in an international movie The Line Of Descent with an ensemble cast, and starred in another web series called What’s your Status presented by Kingfisher Ultra Shorts.

What can we say! The girl has got on the showbiz bandwagon with a strong start. Let’s see if Anisha maintains the pace now. She is definitely one to watch out for.

Makeover wiz Preetisheel Singh nicknamed The Lockdown Masterchef

It’s no secret that the Corona crisis lockdown has unleashed the hidden talents of many. Social media pages are flooded with thoughts and pictures of unique aspects people discovered in themselves during this time of forced isolation.

Whereas we do have our usual suspects, here comes a very unlikely candidate — India’s No.1 hair, makeup and prosthetic specialist, the National Award-winning lady Preetisheel Singh.

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To their surprise, Preetisheel’s family has realized that she not only excels in look designing and makeovers, but is also a phenomenal cook. Yes! as if cooking up and curating looks for movies such as Padmaavat, Chhichhore, Bala, 102 Not Out, Thackeray and Housefull 4 wasn’t enough, Preetisheel has broken a record of sorts, by experimenting with a number of exquisite foods and dishes in the last three months. And her family swears that most of them have turned out to be utterly delicious.

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Preetisheel Singh with her partner-husband mark Dsouza

Spending her lockdown days in her hometown Pathankot with her parents, siblings and her work partner and husband Mark Dsouza, the look transformation wiz has earned a new nickname for her wonderful cooking talents. Her folks now call her the The Lockdown Masterchef.

Petite Ujali Raj charms with her modest debut in Gulabo Sitabo

For a simpleton from the city of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, to make her debut in a film starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and the versatile Ayushmann Khurrana, is like a dream come true. That’s exactly how petite actress Ujali Raj feels after playing a role in Shoojit Sircar’s social satire Gulabo Sitabo. Released on Amazon Prime, the film has Big B and Khurrana enacting a tussle for ownership of a century-old dilapidated mansion.

Ujali Raj - Duet 2“I am really grateful that I have got a chance to work with a prolific maker like Shoojit Sir and witness the magnificence of a stalwart like Mr Amitabh Bachchan and the multitalented Ayushmann Sir right in my first film,” says an excited Ujali. “It’s a lifetime opportunity and I just feel blessed its come my way,” says the pretty gal, glowing and beaming with enthusiasm.

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Her exuberance is understandable, as Ujali even got a few scenes sharing some screen space with the Bollywood powerhouses of talent. She played one of Ayushmann’s growing sisters, Payal. But in the limited scope her modest role allowed, she made sure she registered her presence in the scenes, doing a fine job.

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“To prepare for the part, I observed and interacted with some local girls from Lucknow. Visually too, I am looking different in the movie as I have dark makeup and my costumes involved loose fitting clothing,” she quips.

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Ujali is not a novice to acting. Having graduated in Visual Communication and Theater Arts from Bangalore she has studied at drama school and has done theatre in Lucknow. She has performed important roles in several plays, including Twelfth Night, Nagamandala and Ashoka. Surprising her peers once, she even played a part where she was boldly projected as a bald girl.

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She feels that her experience with theatre was an asset for bagging the role in Gulabo Sitabo. Ujali’s photographs exude freshness and charm, as if an abounding untapped talent is waiting to be discovered by Bollywood. She hopes that Gulabo Sitabo becomes a stepping stone for her to showcase her acting abilities further with more assignments. The bubbly sparkling newbie has her fingers crossed, and we wish her all the very best.

Photographer Sharat Chandra welcomes decision to let film industry resume shooting

As the country has entered the fifth phase of the Corona crisis lockdown as well as Unlock 1 (as it is called) from June 1, 2020, the Maharashtra government has put across some stringent guidelines for film and television shootings to resume.

Giving the green signal to resume film, television and streaming services shoots with strict preconditions, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has issued a set of Standard Operating Procedures, titled “Guiding Principles to Restart Entertainment Industry in Maharashtra.” These set of ‘principles’ and measures will be active until further notice.

Ace photographer Sharat Chandra has welcomed the government’s decision. An elated Sharat says, “The Indian film industry, like most other industries, has suffered a huge setback during the lockdown. I heartily welcome the government’s decision to slowly and steadily open the doors for the film industry to get back on its feet.”

“Considering the fact that cricket and Bollywood are just like religions in India, its time when people stranded inside their homes for so long, are permitted to have a bit of respite. The very fact that they would now feel that they can see their Bollywood idols back on the screen soon, is a heartening thing,” adds Sharat.

Under the new rules, producers who wish to conduct shoots in the city will have to seek permission from the managing director of the Maharashtra Film, Theatre and Cultural Development Corporation (Film City). Film shoots across other cities or districts in Maharashtra will need permission from the collectors of those districts.

An important regulation is that the state government has recommended an on-set crew of a third of the original strength. The presence of an ambulance, a doctor and a nurse will be compulsory on every set, along with the monitoring of the body temperature. A significant ruling is that children below the age of 10 and adults over the age of 65 will not be permitted to participate in the shooting.

Top 10 transformational looks from hair, makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh

When it comes to transformational looks and makeovers, National Award-winning hair, makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh is the undisputed No. 1 in Bollywood. She has also set up India’s first make-up and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab at Versova, which has emerged a landmark. Here’s a list of the Top 10 looks she’s designed, which impressed every Bollywood buff. What’s more! Most of the films have emerged big money-spinners at the box-office.

1) Chhichhore

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The film had many characters which needed character designs as well as ageing. Preeetisheel had to keep that in mind while curating the looks. Plus, all the characters in the film were being drastically transformed in looks for the first time, which made her job all the more special. But she made sure that the looks matched their characters and also kept them as realistic as possible, which was loved by the director Nitesh Tiwari. Preetisheel designed multiple young and old-age looks for an ensemble lead cast. The film turned out to be quite spectacular. It went on to cross the Rs 200 crore mark at the box-office.

2) Padmaavat

2) Padmaavat

Designing the looks for Padmaavat led to creating the look of the evil ruler Alauddin Khilji (played with aplomb by Ranveer Singh), which turned out to be one of the most iconic villainous characters in Indian cinema, not just for the performance, but also for the look. Preetisheel’s looks for Deepika Padukone (as the legendary queen Padmavati) and Shahid Kapoor (as the Rajput ruler Ratan Singh) and the other cast of the film also earned her tremendous praise. Viewers and film critics alike, were awestruck with the results. Working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali was always special to Preetisheel (she had worked with him on Bajirao Mastani earlier), because she got all the creative freedom she needed. He trusted her work and that gave her the confidence to design something very unique and different. The film is reported to have earned Rs 585 crore at the box-office.

3) Bala

3) Bala

Bala was a film where Preetisheel designed the looks for both the main leads, which were totally transformed. The balding look of Ayushmann Khurrana was enjoyed by the audiences and so was the dusky look of Bhumi Pednekar. The film became a hit and was hugely accepted by the audiences all over the globe, grossing Rs 171.45 crore worldwide.

4) Nanak Shah Fakir

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This film is very special to Preetisheel as it was her first film as a hair, makeup and prosthetic designer, and even bagged her the National Film Award for Best Makeup. A pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir based on the life of Guru Nanak, required the most amount of prosthetics done in Preetisheel’s career. She designed the looks for all the characters in the movie. The film released and re-released amid controversy, but went on to become an landmark for its subject and theme. Reminiscing about it gives Preetisheel immense creative satisfaction.

5) Housefull 4

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For Housefull 4, looks for all the period characters including those of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde, Kriti Kharbanda and Rana Daggubati were designed by Preetisheel. Media went ga ga over Akshay Kumar’s bald look in the film and it received a huge opening. Akshay also complimented Preetisheel for her work. The song Bala Bala Shaitan Ka Saala too, emerged a rage. Housefull 4 grossed Rs 280 crore worldwide.

6) Bajirao Mastani

6) Bajirao Mastani

This was Preetisheel’s first movie with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It gave her a chance to prove herself to him, as the maker focuses on the minutest detail. All the characters in Bajirao Mastani turned out outstanding and that’s what gave Preetisheel a masterful footing with period films. Especially, Ranveer Singh’s look as the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao earned Preetisheel good recognition. The film was reported to have grossed Rs 356 crore at the box-office.

7) 24

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24 was the first time she got a chance to work with Southern superstar Suriya. Preetisheel found him extremely down-to-earth to work with. 24 was hailed as one of the classiest movies in terms of looks and special effects, and went down in history as great fine art. She got to work with Suriya in more films later. The film earned 150 crore at the box-office.

8) Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)

8) Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)

RAW had a lot of disguises on John Abraham who plays a spy in the film. That by itself was super exciting for the makeup and prosthetic whiz. She found him amazing to work with as he was very open to the idea of prosthetics and very patient getting into the various looks. Some of his disguises in the film were so good that even his fans could not recognize him in the movie stills which were released before the film.

9) 102 Not Out

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Creating super-aged looks for Amitabh Bachchan (as a 102-year-old man) and Rishi Kapoor (playing his 75-year-old son) is yet another highlight of Preetisheel’s career. Working for this Umesh Shukla film was interesting for her, but she also admits that it was tense. Apart from their seniority, Preetisheel knew that both Bachchan and Kapoor had worked with some of the best international names in makeup and prosthetics. She did her best. Luckily, they loved the looks and so did the audience. Though the film was not a typical Bollywood potboiler, it earned a handsome 115 crore at the box-office.

10) Mom

10) Mom

Mom had an amazing script to start with and transforming the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the first time was quite exciting for Preetisheel. His receding hairline and buck tooth look in the film, almost made him unrecognizable. The film was a success, earning 175 crore at the box-office. Preetisheel later worked with Nawazuddin again for the film Thackeray, where she transformed his looks into that of the Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray

Izabelle Leite goes sultry for Sharat Chandra’s photoshoot

Now here is something interesting to pep your mood up in Lockdown times. For a recent photoshoot with ace photographer Sharat Chandra, the pretty Izabelle Leite transformed into a sultry maiden wearing a stunning modern monokini from new-age designer Surya Sarkar’s latest Resort Wear Collection.

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Yes, Izabelle Leite — the Brazilian actress and model who was dating India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli, who not long ago, was one of India’s most eligible bachelors. The stunner has been working in India from sometime and has appeared in quite a few Southern movies as well as in Bollywood. A while ago, her music video titled Lahore with Guru Randhawa crossed 856 million views on YouTube.

In her latest pics, Izabelle is seen posing elegantly in the black fusion net monokini, replete with drape and belt. Sharat Chandra has intelligently blended natural light with strobe light, complimenting Izabelle’s tall figure, giving the much-needed edge to her looks, which are a unique mix of innocence and hotness.

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“Since Izabelle has fair skin, I chose a slightly warm tone for the pictures which could give them a satin-line shine. And that seems to have worked well,” says Sharat. ” Izabelle is a very good poser with a charming personality. She throws no tantrums which makes her a great person to work with,” he adds.

Describing his Resort Wear Collection, designer Surya Sarkar remarks, “We have a lot of colours in the whole line, but we used black for this shoot. It’s a classic and universal colour and one can’t go wrong with it. Izabelle needed to look sexy and exotic in the shoot, so the dress was ideal for it. It’s a very light weight dress, designed keeping the Indian weather in mind.”

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Surya Sarkar’s Resort Wear Collection was supposed to be launched in the beginning of 2020, but is on hold due to the Corona crisis. The collection comprises of dresses which could comfortably be worn at beach events.


Iulia Vantur is a picture of elegance as she poses for Sharat Chandra

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Though these pics were clicked a little before Mumbai went into the Coronavirus lockdown, we are quite happy to have discovered them recently.

It was just a few weeks ago that ace fashion and film photographer Sharat Chandra clicked these regal-looking pictures of Romanian television presenter and singer Iulia Vantur, who is rumoured to be Bollywood megastar Salman Khan’s girlfriend.

Just after this shoot, she headed to Nykka Femina Beauty Awards 2020, where she was seen sparkling in this red outfit. “Iulia is an ethereal beauty and it was a pleasure to click her,” says Sharat. “The best thing about her is that she has an easy-going and radiant personality,” he adds.

Dressed in a bright red dress made by the magnificent new-age designer Surya Sarkar, Iulia carries herself with utmost elegance in the shoot, which also makes us wonder, why she is not seen more often on the ramp or in the movies.

Must say, the best part about this girl is that she is a very optimistic person. Her Insta followers swear by that and actually feel they elevate their mood with her messages and pics whenever they head to her Insta account. Now that’s some good vibration with a dollop of positive energy, and not many have that effect on people.

Vickyy Kohhli releases new inspiring song Muskurale with Sadhana Sargam

To inspire people during this tough time of Coronavirus pandemic, the talented singer Vickyy Kohhli has come out with a new melodious and soothing song along with the famous Bollywood singer Sadhana Sargam.

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Titled Muskurale, the number has an interesting video with montage shots of various places in and around India and depicting a cross-section of people and communities living in peace and harmony. The video is accompanied by lyrics embedded in Hindi.

“Together we will come out stronger from this pandemic of lockdowns, hunger and poverty,” says Vickyy, who is confident of the world having the strength to fight against this tough time. Composed and written by Vickyy Kohhli, the music for Muskurale has been beautifully arranged by Rajib, Mouna and Sajid, with the video masterfully edited by Karan Channey and Tanveer Babu.

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While the film industry is going through a very financially damaging phase, the music industry may revive first, as songs can be sung, composed and mixed with minimal physical interactions.

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In fact, a lot of Bollywood actors like Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham have also come out with special motivational videos in the last few weeks, and Vickyy feels this kind of music goes a long way in giving people strength and hope. Meanwhile, new normals are fast setting in, and songs like Muskurale prove they are ahead of the curve.

Rozlyn Khan rocks Marathi TikTok video with Riteish Deshmukh

TikTok ‘Comedy Princess’ Rozlyn Khan never fails to amuse us! One of the recent videos she has come out with, is titled ‘Marathi TikTok.’

And guess who she is featured with? Cool dude Riteish Deshmukh. The duet clip has Rozlyn and Riteish juxtaposed side-by-side, with her pestering him to tell her a joke. What happens next is to be seen in the video.

Just for the record, Rozlyn shot to fame with her acts as a model and then in Bollywood movies. Her famous desi rip-off video of the South Korean megahit Gangnam Style had us wondering what she will come up with next. And then she made a foray into TikTok and reinvented herself as India’s ‘Comedy Princess’. Way to go!