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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For Anisha Victor, art as meditation is a lesson in mindfulness

Anisha Victor is a girl of many talents. The House Next Door and REJCTX-fame actress amazed us with her scuba-diving pics just a while ago, and now she’s surprised us once again, revealing a new aspect of her creative instincts.

We stumbled upon her Insta account called Art For Sanity which she reveals she began to keep herself occupied during the lockdown.

Finding some old magazines, Anisha started creating surreal collages sometime in April in the initial days of the lockdown. Most of them had a message; something to think about, something relatable to everyday life. While others were her “longings and daydreams and things I missed during the lockdown” which poured onto white sheets of paper, gently pasted with glue.

“My great grandfather was an art teacher for a few years in Ethiopia. My mum says, I have got his genes. Though I don’t consider myself a good painter, which he really was, I’ve always been drawn to beauty, aesthetics and art,” says Anisha.

As she ran out of magazines to make the collages, she went back to watercolours and also tried oil painting and sketching. “Art helped me be sane in the lockdown by providing me with an outlet to let my creativity flow. It has been a meditation for me. Hence, the name Art for Sanity,” she explains.

Anisha reveals that she even took inspiration from some female iconic painters and recreated their portraits on herself. And just as we thought Anisha was this spunky adventurous girl who brought life to the outdoors, she’s revealed a whole new thoughtful side of her creative personality.

Preetisheel Singh rocks South Indian cinema

For quite some time National Award-winner Preetisheel Singh has been the leading makeup and prosthetic designer in Bollywood. From box-offices successes such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Bala and Housefull 4, she has 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.

After conquering Bollywood, Preetisheel is now looking at exploring the Southern industry more and more. She has designed for movies such as 24, Boomerang and Bigil earlier, but is now gearing up to work with many other superstars of the South.

And the lineup of movies she’s been signed up for and working on, is stunning. Starting with South style icon Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa, there is Vikram-starrer Cobra, Thalapathy Vijay-starrer Master and Nagarjuna-starrer Wild Dog.

Preetisheel has even designed a grandfather look for Nagarjuna for the promo of Telugu Bigg Boss, and has also done an experimental bald look for Chiranjeevi which the actor posted on social media recently. The way she is exploring new avenues, looks like the makeover wiz is all set to give a whole new dimension to the world of make believe.

Meanwhile in Bollywood, Preetisheel’s work is about to 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 Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Sonam Kapoor features Preetisheel Singh in Women of Film series

“I am in awe of her talent, you guys. Seriously. Being a makeup lover, I can truly sense the burning passion she has and it makes me so happy to see her shine,” said Sonam Kapoor about India’s No.1 makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh in a 10-part Instagram post this week. It received a whopping 32k likes in a day.

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Did you know, it took over 3-4 hours of makeup everyday for John Abraham’s look in Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)? Did you know, dentures for Amitabh Bachchan had to be created from scratch for 102 Not Out? Did you know, Nanak Shah Fakir was the film that won a National Award for Best Makeup? Did you also know, the woman behind this, is @preetisheel ? I am in awe of her talent, you guys. Seriously. Being a makeup lover, I can truly sense the burning passion she has and it makes me so happy to see her shine. Tell me your first impression of her art using emojis… I’ll tell you mine too! 😱😍 #PreetisheelSingh #FeminismInIndia #MakeupArtist #ProstheticArtist #NationalAwardWinner #ProstheticMakeup #Movies #Bollywood #Padmaavat #102NotOut #NanakShahFakir #NationalAward #NationalAwardWinner #RanveerSingh #AmitabhBachchan #BollywoodFilms

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Sonam’s post is part of her famous Women of Film series and goes on to showcase Vivek Oberoi being transformed into the character of PM Narendra Modi for the film by the same name.

She also features some videos of the National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer, asking readers questions like, “Did you know, it took over 3-4 hours of makeup everyday for John Abraham’s look in Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW),” “Did you know, dentures for Amitabh Bachchan had to be created from scratch for 102 Not Out,” “Did you know, Nanak Shah Fakir was the film that won a National Award for Best Makeup, ” and “Did you also know, the woman behind this is @preetisheel.”

Sonam has also shared some videos of Preetisheel along with images of transformed looks of Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out and of Akshay Kumar in an old look for an advertisement, all curated by Preetisheel. Apart from this, Sonam has even shared a pic with Preetisheel receiving the National Award by former President Pranab Mukherjhee.

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.

Anisha Victor gallivants in Goa

While the world is still reeling under the 2020 pandemic fright, the The House Next Door-fame actress Anisha Victor who is currently sparkling in the Zee5 web series REJCTX, has been celebrating in Goa.

Anisha quietly headed there a few days ago to celebrate her birthday on Gandhi Jayanti. The October 2-born Libran landed at the quaint Morjim Beach and tried the sea and even a pool; as if she needed a side-dish to her sea-swims 😉

She spent her special day swimming all morning, playing water polo, stuffing herself with Goan delicacies for lunch, and blissfully strolling on the beach till late evening. Her day ended with dinner at Mahe restaurant housed in a gorgeous renovated Portuguese bungalow at Anjuna.

And as if all this wasn’t enough, Anisha followed her little escapade with a big gelato scoop and a drive around North Goa.

Later, she went to South Goa and hiked to Butterfly Beach where she spotted dolphins. Attagirl. That’s life — living it up — like a dream.

“It’s high time film award events give makeup and prosthetics its due,” feels National Award-winning Preetisheel Singh

National Award-winning Preetisheel Singh who was recently featured among the top 5 makeup and prosthetic designers of the world, feels that the profession of makeup and prosthetics does not get its due at the various film awards in India.

“Forget getting its due, most film award events such as Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, Zee Awards and IIFA do not even have a category for best makeup and prosthetic,” rues Preetisheel, who leads the look design scenario in India.

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 National Award is probably the only one which acknowledges and encourages makeup and prosthetic personnel by having a National Film Award for Best Makeup category,” she remarks.

Preetisheel’s list of accomplishments is huge. She 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 look design for Ranveer Singh as the intimidating pre-Mughal era emperor Alauddin Khilji in the 2018 film Padmaavat was a rage. She also received widespread critical acclaim for designing the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the 2019 film Thackeray;  the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. She received rave reviews and special praise for the way Nawazuddin resembled Thackeray.

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.

Anisha Victor shares throwback scuba diving pics from her trip to Andamans

Actress Anisha Victor of Viacom Motion Pictures’ horror thriller The House Next Door-fame seems to have a thing about water. Some time ago she stunned the whole unit of her Zee5 Goldie Behl-directed web series REJCTX, by discovering and introducing them to a waterfall in a university campus in Thailand. And now she has shared scuba diving pics from her pre-pandemic trip to the Andamans.

Gallivanting around the picturesque beaches with crystal clear water she seems to have had a laidback enjoyable vacation there, just in the nick of time before the pandemic struck the world. The underwater pics we got hold off, have Anisha exploring plants and aquamarine life, including a SEA-SNAKE! Oooh!

But her island backwaters adventure did not end with that. Anisha informs us that while in the Andamans, apart from sea-diving, she often went for snorkelling and hiking around the pristine white beaches of Havelock Islands.

“The weather was pleasant and the winds felt silky,” she reminisces. “I was transported from the concrete jungles of Mumbai to a world of bliss. Good fun,” she chirps.

Anisha reveals that once the pandemic times are over, she plans to take out a few days and enroll in a diver course. “I was gonna do that last year, but the idea got postponed as I was continuously shooting for the two seasons of REJCTX,” she quips.

Nice, Anisha. Go for it! But make sure we get some more of your stunning underwater pictures. And girl, stay away from SNAKES!!

Preetisheel Singh featured among the top 5 makeup and prosthetic designers in the world

National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh has recently been 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. What’s more! She is the only woman featured in this top list of world-famous makeup and prosthetic designers.

Kazu Hiro is a contemporary hyperrealist sculptor living and working in Los Angeles. He has crafted the silicone model of Brad Pitt’s head used to artificially age him via CGI for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and also created the Winston Churchill prosthetics on actor Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour.

American makeup artist Christien Tinsley has worked on movies such as The Passion of the Christ, American Horror Story, the Indian film Paa, Westworld and Santa Clarita Diet.

Jordu Schell is an American sculptor and concept artist who has worked on movies such as Predator 2, Edward Scissorhands, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 300, Hellboy, Men in Black, The Mist, Alien: Resurrection, The X-Files Movie and Batman Returns. He was instrumental in the design of the Na’vi and other creatures in James Cameron’s movie Avatar.

Neill Gorton is an English special effects artist, visual effects specialist and makeup artist specialised in animatronics and prosthetics. He is known for his work on films like Saving Private Ryan, Children of Men and the series Doctor Who.

The site discusses Preetisheel’s successes stating she “has a big list of accomplishments to her credit.” It points out that “viewers and film critics alike are awestruck with the results of her work, with Preetisheel Singh emerging as the undisputed No.1 makeup, hair and prosthetic look designer in the Indian film industry.”

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.

She received 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.

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.

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.

Newbie Anisha Victor shares this trait with megastar Amitabh Bachchan

Vivacious Anisha Victor was shooting for the outdoor schedule of the Goldie Behl-directed web series REJCTX for Zee5 some time ago. The timing of the shift was early morning and not many had reached the sets yet. And Anisha discovered a waterfall. What? Yes, waterfall.

Brought up with discipline with her dad being in the Army, Anisha is quite a stickler for time and mostly reaches her shoots a few minutes before time. In fact, the whole unit of REJCTX knows about her trait, something she can be said to share with another film personality, megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

The unit was shooting at a university campus in Bangkok at the Assumption University of Thailand. Out of habit, that morning too, Anisha landed up on the sets a few minutes early. She spotted a few ADs (assistant directors) from the local crew and some Thai production crew in preparation for the shoot. And since she’d finished with hair, makeup, costume and rehearsing her lines, she decided to wander and explore the place a bit.

Moving around the huge university campus, she discovered a little lake with fish and even a beautiful quaint waterfall. “It looked like a waterfall out of a fairytale. We were shooting there from a few days and the production crew had even done a recce of the place, but no one from the unit knew about the waterfall around the campus. When I told them about it, everyone was pleasantly surprised,” she says and smiles with childlike enthusiasm.

Known for reaching the sets early, director Goldie Behl even brought up Anisha’s trait of being a stickler for time with the CEO of Zee 5 when the cast was attending an event. “I was thrilled with the praise,” she beams.

For the uninitiated, Anisha Victor made a striking debut in Viacom Motion Pictures’ horror thriller The House Next Door, playing the character of a possessed girl to critical acclaim. Currently, she is being talked about for her lead role as a teenybopper in REJCTX.

Vekeana Dhillon’s audio series makes her ‘uncovidable’

A new motto for the continuing COVID-19 crisis has emerged, given the intention-filled title of Uncovidable; an English fiction audio series created and written by screenwriter Vekeana Dhillon for Amazon’s Audible. The 21-episode series is an audacious and embarrassingly comic take of the sassy writer’s lockdown experience in Mumbai as her character undulates between hopeful and critical, as she contemplates her world at large.

“I’ve had to fictionalize it up a bit, but it’s more cringingly true than not,” quips Vekeana. The series is performed by Mahira Kakkar, the star of Mira Nair’s BBC One’s miniseries A Suitable Boy, which recently released on Netflix in India.

Describing her motivation for Uncovidable, Vekeana remarks, “If it wasn’t for this series to document my lockdown, what else would I tell my grandchildren in the future when they interview me for their school reports. ‘In the Great Lockdown of 2020, what did you do, Grandma?’ — ‘Uh, well… I did your Grandpa and took down every season of every web series on my watchlist’.”

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And what is the story behind the unusual name — Uncovidable? “It’s a word I made up to help me describe my intent through this process. To be uncovidable is to retain the strongest sense of your mental and physical health during this crisis, while cultivating the most tolerant, kindest and generous version of yourself. I had wanted to call the series How to Live the Lockdown like a Hot Chick — but that was woefully inaccurate.”

WFH with her family made Uncovidable a productive run for Vekeana. Her lockdown buddies, husband Puneet Sira and brother Vikram Dhillon have reluctantly provided fodder for her to exploit. Sira and Dhillon are co-founders of a growing content studio, The Foundry for which Vekeana is creating original IP series for OTT platforms and feature films.

Uncovidable is available exclusively on Audible for free and has been released worldwide including India, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and Japan.