National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh, who recently created a transformational look for Ranbir Kapoor in the recent Asian Paints Ultima Protek advertisement, is super elated by the viewers’ positive response to it.
“It’s always a pleasure when your work is noticed and appreciated,” gushes Preetisheel. “Moreover, Ranbir’s exuberance is infectious and his dedication and passion for his work enduring. On the sets, he was always chilled out, a fun person to work with, ready to experiment with looks and super focused at his art,” she recalls.
Conceptualized by Ogilvy India, the quirky Asian Paints ad is directed by the renowned director Prasoon Pandey. It portrays the versatile Ranbir Kapoor in a never-seen-before avatar as a matchmaker, trying to find the right groom for an NRI girl as they travel through a town which takes housing lamination to the next level.
For the record, look designer Preetisheel Singh has earlier worked for huge box-offices successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4, and designed looks for most 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. Her goal is to bring standards of makeup and prosthetic in India at par with Hollywood.
Anisha Victor who received rave reviews for her movie The House Next Door and later for her role in the Zee5 web series REJCTX, is once again gathering acclaim as writer-director Rohit Karn Batra’s film The Line of Descent has released in the UAE last week.
The film stars Hollywood legend Brendan Fraser along with famous Bollywood actors like Prem Chopra, Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy and Neeraj Kabi.
Anisha who also attended the premiere in Dubai with the director says, “Even though I have a small part in the film, when someone tells you Brendan Fraser is in it and you have grown up watching The Mummy, you just say ‘yes!’.”
She plays the key role of a girl called Sima, the third son’s girlfriend. “There’s a stark difference between him and his brothers. He’s a little brat and I’m always trying to calm him down. It was so much fun,” she remarks.
The movie is being loved everywhere and the makers are also planning to take it to Greece and later all over Europe.
Writer-director Rohit Karn Batra’s star-clad ensemble Line of Descent is releasing in all of UAE, following a grand premiere in Dubai. Set in India, the movie features Hollywood legend Brendan Fraser alongside famous Bollywood actors like Prem Chopra, Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy and Neeraj Kabi.
Newbie Anisha Victor who features in it with all the stalwarts is elated. “Even though I have a small part in the film, when someone tells you Brendan Fraser is in it and you have grown up watching The Mummy, you just say ‘yes!’,” she gushes.
Anisha who has starred in The House Next Door and the web series REJCTX adds, “I play a girl called Seema in The Line of Descent, the third son’s girlfriend. There’s a stark difference between him and his brothers. He’s a little brat and I’m always trying to calm him down. It was so much fun.”
The film follows the story of a mafia family in Delhi, as three brothers fight to control their father’s legacy. Line of Descent was first released on the online streaming platform Zee5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.