Pratyusha Chhajer’s Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy makes headway in Gujarat

For a country obsessed with Bollywood, one can say it’s quite difficult for different genres of dance to make inroads in India. Indian classical dances are popular in the South, but for a dance form like ballet to catch on, we need to have a proper setup, good teachers and a commitment to excellence.

These are the very qualities entrepreneur Pratyusha Chhajer has brought to the fore with Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy (SSBA), which she founded three years ago, to develop and train professional dancers.

Starting operations in Indore, SSBA became the first academy to introduce ballet to Central India. The academy has now moved its headquarters to Ahmedabad, an economic hub with great cultural diversity in the vibrant state of Gujarat.

Certification courses and classes are available for students who wish to excel in ballet dance. In view of the pandemic, classes are currently being conducted online on Zoom and Google Classroom. However, the academy is gearing up to resume offline certification courses soon.

Named after Pratyusha’s children Samyan and Shonaya, SSBA follows the Vaganova curriculum method of ballet. It is a style of ballet training created by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova, who became a highly renowned ballet teacher and has authored the book Basic Principles of Classical Ballet.

This curriculum method is marked by a fusion of the classical French style (specifically elements from the romantic era), with the athleticism of the Italian method, combined with the soulful passion of Imperial Russian Ballet.

SSBA provides a strong professional academic program with focus on music, drama, dance, grace, fitness, nutritional diet, language, self-confidence and overall personality development, ensuring mental and physical health and balance in your life. It emphasizes on development of strength, flexibility and endurance.

The ballet academy serves as a mentorship platform to gifted children, teenagers, students with dreams, dedicated young dance professionals, securing a professional culture for dancers, teachers and dance directors. Gaining a reputation for excellence in performing arts, the academy is now at the vanguard of dance education and classical ballet training in India.

After Indore and Ahmedabad, SSBA plans to expand its branches to Mumbai, Delhi and other cities across the country.

About Pratyusha Chhajer

For the record, Pratusha Chhajer is an empathetic, versatile and multifaceted personality, with a great understanding of the influence of culture on creativity. She holds certificates in various arts including dance, photography and calligraphy.

Born in Indore, Pratusha has been part of the administrative team at Abhivyakti (a non-profit organization under the Dainik Bhaskar Group), and has helped organize and conduct many Indian cultural dance shows, business events, social events, educational events and charity fundraisers.

She has been recognized for her exemplary organizational work for fashion shows conducted by the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) and Khadi Gram Udyog.

She is the founder and director of Samyan Shonaya Ballet Academy, and also a renowned fashion designer with her own label Samyan Shonaya Haute Couture; businesses under the brand name of Samyan Shonaya Group of Companies.

Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra starring newbie Deana Dia emerges a runaway hit

The YouTube market is flooded with music videos. There are dime-a-dozen that release every week. But once in a while, comes one that rocks.

Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra starring newbie Deana Dia along with Karan Kundrra, has proven to be one such runaway hit. Lapped up instantly by fans and music aficionados, the video has received a roaring response on YouTube just in a few hours of its release.

“It’s a very thrilling feeling to be instantly appreciated,” quips an exuberant Deana. “I was confident about it right from the start as the entire team had put in great efforts, but the runaway success is surely something that has taken me by pleasant surprise,” adds the actress.

Deana who plays heartthrob Karan Kundra’s love interest, carries herself with great elan and aplomb. The romantic video of Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra depicts her gallivanting in Dubai, as Karan is seen singing her praises, while reminiscing about her. The song has a scintillating melody which rings in the ears even after one has seen the video.

Shot at some breathtaking locales in Dubai, the video is produced by Pravin Patel under the prestigious banner of PM Films and Production. The song is rendered by Amit Mishra and Tarannum Malik, has lyrics by Moied Elhaam, with the music composed by Sagar.

Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra is directed by Aman Prajapat and released by Zee Music (which is currently riding high on the success of hit songs from the Salman Khan starrer Radhe, as well as the numbers from the web series Broken But Beautiful 3).

Deana who started out as a fashionista and appeared in many commercials, is all set to appear in more videos and also enter Bollywood. And we’re quite sure she’ll go a long way.

After mega success of Master, Preetisheel Singh D’Souza awaits Pushpa

It’s just been a few months since South superstar Vijay’s Master emerged a blockbuster in the Southern market. Pandemic times notwithstanding, the film went on to become a rage, setting the box-office on fire.

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh D’Souza who had curated the look for Vijay in Master, has also worked on another superstar Allu Arjun’s look in the much-awaited Telugu movie Pushpa, where he plays a character called Pushpa Raj. The film is reported to be readied with dubbed versions in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi too.

Pushpa which is being planned in two parts (just like Baahubali), has Allu Arjun fans waiting with abated breath for its release. Its teaser has already generated humongous views on the net. The buzz and craze Allu Arjun’s getup and the film’s theme has received, has just kept growing bigger and bigger.

In fact, when the teaser of the film was released sometime ago, it broke popularity records set by teasers of films like Baahubali and Radhe Shayam on YouTube.

Preetisheel, who has also curated the look for the film’s heroine Rashmika Mandanna, has been feeling the heat.

“Sometimes it feels a bit unnerving, as expectations for Pushpa have hit the roof,” she says. “I hope the audience likes and appreciates my work this time round too,” she adds.

Preetisheel has earlier designed looks for various actors in very prominent Bollywood as well as Southern films. The list includes movies like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Housefull 4, 102 Not Out, Chhichhore, Master, 24, Wild Dog, Thackeray, Andhadhun and Bala.

Apart from being the No. 1 hair, makeup and prosthetic look designer in Bollywood, she runs India’s premier outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner husband Mark D’Souza. The lab’s building is a landmark in the posh Versova locality of Mumbai.

Deana Dia looks stunning opposite Karan Kundrra in Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra poster

Actress Deana Dia who will soon be making a splash in Bollywood has given us a stunning jhalak in the recently released first look poster of her music video Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra.

The video which stars her with heartthrob Karan Kundrra is about to be released on the 30th of May. Its poster this week has already got netizens intrigued about Deana.

Dressed in a simple light blue denim outfit, the gorgeous Deana radiates confidence and poise in the poster. Looking straight into the camera, her cool pose exudes coolness and self-belief, pepping up the anticipation for the video and her acting career ahead.

Shot at some breathtaking locales in Dubai, the video is produced by Pravin Patel under the prestigious banner of PM Films and Production. Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra is directed by Aman Prajapat and will be released by Zee Music. The song is rendered by Amit Mishra and Tarannum Malik, has lyrics by Moied Elhaam, with the music composed by Sagar.

Deana who started out as a fashionista and appeared in many commercials, is now making her moves in the acting profession. And going by the looks of it, she seems to have a promising future.

Preetisheel Singh D’souza – A backgrounder

National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza

After Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali repeated Preetisheel Singh D’souza 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, were awestruck with the results, with Preetisheel emerging the undisputed No.1 make-up, hair and prosthetic look designer in the film industry.

Now Sanjay Leela Bhansali has once again repeated Preetisheel for his upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt.

More recently, Preetisheel has also worked on Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore where she designed multiple young and old-age looks for an ensemble lead cast. The film crossed the 200 crore mark at the box-office. Chhichhore has won the Best Hindi Film award at the 67th National Film Awards.

Her bald look of Akshay Kumar for Housefull 4 has also been a lot in the news and this film too crossed the 200 crore mark at the box-office. Akshay has also complimented her work a lot.

Her films, the Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala and Kartik Aryan-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh were big hits and her makeup and prosthetic work for both received acclaim.

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, Mom, Ghayal Once Again, Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), Gone Kesh, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Bharat, Malaal, Tuesdays and Fridays, Panga, Ujda Chaman and the Tamil/Hindi film 24.

Preetisheel 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 re-released sometime ago through Viacom18 Motion Pictures amid controversy.

Her 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, Aval in Tamil and Gruham in Telugu) garnered critical acclaim and earned a lot of positive reviews for her work.

Preetisheel  also received a lot of praise once again, for her work in the film 102 Not Out directed by Umesh Shukla. She designed the looks for Amitabh Bachchan as a 102-year-old man, as well as for Rishi Kapoor playing his 75-year-old son.

She also designed dual young and old looks for Madhuri Dixit as well as Ranbir Kapoor for advertisements which garnered a lot of traction. More recently, she has curated three avatars of Akshay Kumar for the Kurkure ad, where he has played the roles of son, father and grandfather.

She once again designed a unique grandfather look for Southern superstar Nagarjuna for a promo of Telugu Bigg Boss. Apart from this she designed a Frankenstein mask just for fun, which turned out to be a rage on social media.

Preetisheel also received abundant attention for working on Rishi Kapoor’s look of a devout Muslim in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk as well as for Ayushmann Khurrana’s get-ups in Andhadhun.

After the successes of Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Mulk and Andhadhun, she has also been receiving a lot of offers from South. She handled the make-up and prosthetic for the Tamil film Boomerang, where she has worked on the looks for famous Tamil actor Ataharvaa Murali. Her films Master and Bigil with Southern superstar Thalapathy Vijay have been blockbusters.

Preetisheel also curated the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the film Thackeray;  the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. The film received rave reviews and special praise for the way Nawazuddin resembled Balasaheb Thackeray.

Preetisheel’s work will next be showcased in upcoming movies like Yash Raj Films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Dhaakad and Southern movies such as South style icon Allu Arjun’s starrer Pushpa and South superstar Vikram’s starrer Cobra.

She has also set up India’s first make-up and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab at Versova, which has emerged a landmark. Her goal is to bring standards of make-up and prosthetic in India at par with Hollywood.

Preetisheel has recently been featured by international media among the top best 5 makeup and prosthetic designers in the world, along with Hollywood stalwarts such as Kazu Hiro, Christian Tinsley, Jordu Schell and Neill Gorton. What’s more! She is the only woman featured in this top 5 list of world famous makeup and prosthetic designers.

Some links which might interest you:

5 top best makeup and prosthetic designers in the world (featured on USA Newshour):

https://usanewshour.com/5-top-best-makeup-and-prosthetic-designers-in-the-world/2149/

Videos of look tests during the making of Padmaavat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtNgKLPM8G0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_YaXDDbOQQ

Video profile on The Quint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goTLKKNHrDE

Video profile on ChetChat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohnjRxQbFFI&t=503s

Chhichhore — behind the scenes:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2gWk0XAR6H/?igshid=6tzhjso6w4rt

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2VjjLrp0JN/?igshid=9i8ntynnc71q

Akshay Kumar compliments Preetisheel:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0qhrc1Hgdz/

Madhuri Dixit’s Aquaguard Advt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtToS7k89yY

Akshay Kumar’s Kurkure Advt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scDf-KTcjYE

Trailers:

102 Not Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrks9Zu0f1w

24: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqXE_es_I3M

Andhadhun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iVYI99VGaw

Bajirao Mastani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHOc-4D7MjY

Bala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bqx7gx6RKo

Bigil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR-Ui8-V2M0

Chhichhore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsxemFX0a7k

Housefull 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHH34cEl3Y

Mulk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MjC30zo1KA

Nanak Shah Fakir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6F9NG2UWo

Padmaavat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_5_BLt76c0

Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHjC8VdzCM

Thackeray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqpl_sAcQF8

Preetisheel Singh D’Souza celebrates 5 years of National Film Award for Best Makeup

Ace makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza recently put up an interesting post on social media with her picture receiving the National Award from former president Pranab Mukherjee, with Arun Jaitley seen besides. In the post, she celebrated five years of her winning the National Film Award for Best Makeup for the historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir based on the life of prophet Guru Nanak; the founder of Sikhism.

“Today’s day marks a beautiful memory of a lifetime. Receiving my first National Award at the hands of stalwarts like Late Hon’ble President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee and Late. Shri. Arun Jaitley ji. The feeling still is surreal after 5 years… #NanakShahFakir @marktroy @damakeuplab #damakeuplab,” Preetisheel recently posted on her Instagram.

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, Master, Bigil, Boomerang and 24.

Her look design for Ranveer Singh as the intimidating pre-Mughal era emperor Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat was a rage. She also received widespread critical acclaim for designing the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the biopic Thackeray based on Balasaheb Thackeray.

Preetisheel was recently featured by international website USA Newshour among the top best 5 makeup and prosthetic designers in the world, along with Hollywood stalwarts such as Kazu Hiro, Christian Tinsley, Jordu Schell and Neill Gorton. She was the only woman featured in this top list of world-famous makeup and prosthetic designers.

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

Love Scope actress Deana Dia is a fitness freak

Bollywood is one of the most competitive industries in the world. In order to maintain a good form and style, it becomes quite mandatory for most celebrities to look fit to make a style statement.

One such actress is Deana Dia who has earlier rocked the fashion industry and is all set to appear in the forthcoming movie Love Scope.

It can be safely claimed that Deana is one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood. So what does she actually do to keep fit? Deana reveals, “I put on weight very easily. So for me, workout and diet are very important aspects in my day-to-day life.”

She explains that she follows cardio as well as weight training. “Cardio plays a very important role, in which I prefer running, zumba, spinning, cross training and even kick boxing and skipping at times. This helps me burn extra calories. But for a toned body, I love to do weight training.”


Deana divulges that for flexibility, she also does a mix of yoga and aerial yoga. “This helps my mind, body and soul to relax and rejuvenate.” As far as diet goes, she prefers homemade food, “but only with all nutritional values” she adds with a wink.

And now the big questions. Since all gyms are closed in lockdowns, how does she cope? “Well, lockdowns have had their effect in everyone’s life in different ways,” quips Deana.

“Since it’s difficult to replicate the complete gym atmosphere and setup at home, I’m not able to do high intense workouts and the regular variety of cardio and weight lifting. But I do manage with a lot of functional training, jogging and a bit of weights,” she says.

Last but not the least, Deana adds that during the lockdowns she has been focusing more on diet. “Because the intensity of workouts is less, it becomes all the more important to monitor the food intake and burn calories.”

Check out some of Deana Dia’s exercise videos below and get blown over by her dedication for fitness.

 

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Mutants in Versova! Really?

In the Ultimate Marvel universe within the pages of the Ultimate Origins #1, it is revealed that super-powered “mutants” were artificially created via genetic modification by the Weapon X program in a laboratory in Alberta, Canada in October 1943.

However, as far as India goes, mutants have now begun to walk in Versova, Mumbai.

Before you jump out of your chair, let us tell you that National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh Dsouza, who curated looks of Ranveer Singh as Alahudin Khilji in Padmaavat, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray in Thackeray and Ayushman Khurana as Bala in Bala, has gone ahead and begun experimenting with mutant figures.


Recently, celebrating the World Art Day on social media, Preetisheel shared a mutant face as an in-house experiment at Da Make Lab, her state-of-the-art makeup and prosthetic lab in Versova, Mumbai.

“Creative expression is our most cherished gift. Happy #WorldArtDay to all the creative artists. Reminiscing the process of creating this look from our first #AnimalXHuman mutant series,” she wrote, announcing that she is gearing up for more.

Must say, the mutant face she shared, does look super intriguing (reminds us a bit of Hellboy, but with full on horns) and we are looking forward to what she creates next.

 

Nagarjuna is very humble and grounded, says Preetisheel Singh

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh who has designed the looks for actors like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, recently got to work with superstar Nagarjuna.

Starting off curating his look for a promo of Telugu Bigg Boss some time ago, she looks forward to work with him again. “Till last year, I was really looking forward to meeting Nagarjuna Sir, as I have grown up watching quite a few of his movies. When I finally did meet him, I found him to be such a warm and welcoming person,” says Preetisheel, complimenting the superstar who will be completing 35 years of his career next month.

“You wouldn’t expect such humility from a person of his stature but he is one of the most humble and grounded stars I have ever met. It was a pleasure working with him and I really hope that we work together again,” she adds.

For the record, Preetisheel Singh has earlier worked for many popular Bollywood films such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala, Andhadhun and Housefull 4. Along with her work partner-husband Mark D’souza, she has also set up India’s first makeup and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab in Versova, Mumbai.

Fashionista Deana Dia to play a rich brat in Love Scope

Diana Dia, who has been part of many-a-fashion-weeks and ad campaigns like McDonald’s, will soon be seen in one of the lead roles in the Hindi feature film Love Scope (a plot with a twist on Horoscopes).

Deana will be playing the role of a college-going stylish rich brat with lots of attitude to throw. After a successful stint in the modeling and fashion world, she finds it “flattering and humbling” to be welcomed in Bollywood.

“I’m most grateful that people in the film industry are putting their trust in me as a Bollywood actress. Really looking forward to play some meaty roles in the near future,” gushes Deana with a surge of enthusiasm and commitment.

Produced by Pravin Patel, Love Scope is being directed by award-winning writer-director Sunny Kumar, known primarily for his work in Gujarati cinema. Sunny has earlier directed popular Gujarati films like Dhan Dhatudi Patudi, Padkar and Jagya TyarThi Savar — India’s first movie based on organic farming.

In a few weeks from now, Deana will also be seen in a music video of an emotional romantic number. But more on that later.

Photo Gallery: Feryna Wazheir celebrating Holi

Commando 3 and Airlift-fame sensation Feryna Wazheir has shared some interesting pics celebrating Holi. Of course, the year being 2021, with everyone mostly indoors due to Coronavirus restrictions, Feryna is seen celebrating at home this year.

Sushant might have felt a bit vindicated today, says Preetisheel Singh

Makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh who created all the young and old looks for Chhichhore, feels Sushant Singh Rajput would have felt vindicated if he was alive today.

Congratulating Team Chhichhore on bagging the Best Film National Award, “There is hardly any bigger satisfaction to cherish for a creative people, than getting due recognition. The National Award has etched Chhichhore looks in public memory forever.”

Talking about Sushant Singh Rajput and his untimely demise, Preetisheel says, “He sure deserved much more and had a lot to achieve. This National Award for Chhichhore might have made him feel vindicated.”

In fact, Preetisheel herself won the National Award for her first film Nanak Shah Fakir. Apart from Chhichhore, she has earlier worked for huge box-offices successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4, and designed looks for many A-listers including Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

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