Southern superstar Chiyaan Vikram’s fans are going berserk over his varied intriguing looks in the upcoming film Cobra. The actor has been sporting multiple getups and the trailer of this much-anticipated multilingual action thriller has created a kind of frenzy with his followers. Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, the film has music by AR Rahman released on Sony Music South.
Moreover, with the recent pan-India mega successes of Southern blockbusters like KGF and Pushpa, the anticipation has reached even further. The striking transformational avatars of Chiyaan Vikram have been curated by none other than character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza, who heads India’s No.1 hair, makeup and prosthetic studio Da Makeup Lab.
Sharing her thoughts on social media, Preetisheel had earlier posted a video of some of the appearances with a caption that read, “One man, different avatars.”
It gave a little insight about what went into the making of the various look transformations the actor underwent for the movie.
Earlier, the National Award-winning character designer Preetisheel has given us stunning makeovers for stars in films like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Housefull 4, Chhichhore as well as Pushpa: The Rise.
In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that her efforts for Cobra has taken the creative work to an all new level, matching Hollywood standards. Chiyaan Vikram is unrecognizable in his various avatars, with his unique looks contributing to an amazing screen presence — something seen to be believed.
A few weeks ago India’s foremost hair, makeup and prosthetic studio Da Makeup Lab (DML) embarked on a new mission — to curate unique looks for Ranveer Singh for the FreshToHome #NoShortcuts ad campaign having funky ads.
The studio is very happy that not only were Ranveer’s looks accepted by the public, but that the ad campaign was a huge hit with people. “It’s really great to see that our work has been appreciated and the ads are such a huge success,” says Mark D’Souza, business head and partner at DML.
“Ranveer is always a pleasure to work with as he is open to new ideas to experiment. Plus, he is a very easy-going person and gives complete freedom when it comes to curating looks,” adds Preetisheel Singh D’souza, creative head and partner at DML, who character-designed his looks for the ads.
This is not the first time Da Makeup Lab has woven magic with Ranveer. They first designed his looks for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali superhit Bajirao Mastani, where Ranveer played the role of the Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I. Then, for another Bhansali blockbuster Padmaavat, where he played the intimidating pre-Mughal era emperor Alauddin Khilji. His character design as Khilji was a rage and Ranveer rocked in the role.
Moreover, DML has provided its services for some of the biggest box-office blockbusters including movies such as Chhichhore, Housefull 4, Bigil, Master, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Pushpa: The Rise, which has made it the undisputed leader in makeup and prosthetics for the entertainment industry in India.
The outfit, run by the National Award-winning character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza along with her partner-husband Mark D’souza, has its state-of-the-art studio situated in the upmarket Mumbai suburbs of Versova.
What’s more! The coming months are expected to be as exciting for the studio as the earlier years. Coming up are thrilling looks for Shah Rukh Khan in the much-awaited movie Jawan. SRK’s unique character with his bandaged and bruised look in the teaser has already got fans curious and excited for more.
The success streak of India’s No.1 hair, makeup and prosthetic studio Da Makeup Lab (DML) has been no less than amazing. The outfit, run by the National Award-winning character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza along with her partner-husband Mark D’souza, is a state-of-the-art studio situated in the upmarket Mumbai suburbs of Versova.
DML has provided its services for some of the biggest box-office blockbusters including movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, Housefull 4, Bigil, Master, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Pushpa: The Rise.
But that doesn’t stop Team DML from constantly experimenting and upping the bar. Moving like an unstoppable juggernaut, the studio keeps creating and innovating at a pace like no other.
Check out the studio’s Instagram page and you will realize the quantity of unique projects they are working on. Here are a few from their monthly activities.
One of the most interesting things DML has done in recent times is the wounded warrior look of Shah Rukh Khan in the upcoming film Jawan. SRK’s unique character with his bandaged and bruised look in the teaser has definitely got fans excited and curious.
Talking about variety of character designs, yet another interesting flick to watch out for, is Cobra. In this Tamil action-thriller, Southern superstar Chiyaan Vikram will be seen in many astonishing avatars designed by DML.
Even the new poster of Cobra is no less stunning. Sporting a retro avatar here, Vikram is seen adorning a funky printed shirt with suspender pants, stylish glasses and hair tied backwards, adding just the right amount of retro vibe to his overall ensemble.
DML recently created a stubbled look for Ranveer Singh for a quirky character of a salesman he plays in advertisements for the fish and meat delivery marketplace FreshToHome. Check one of the ads here:
But that’s not all. As a regular practice, DML keeps working on different experimental projects as a warming-up for the lab’s in-house team. And some of these projects are really interesting and intriguing. Like the creation of this cute silicone baby prop. It’s really fascinating to see how a mould is filled up, followed by the process of unveiling the prop.
And last but not the least, is this scary prosthetic character of a tantric-turned-rakshasa created for Qayamat Ki Raat on Star Plus. As the Insta video caption goes, there is “terror in his eyes and evil in his bones!” You gotta see it to believe it.
In Hollywood, we often find superheroes juggling between two identities and job descriptions. Clark Kent is a photographer with Daily Planet, but turns into Superman. Bruce Wayne is a successful industrialist who turns into Batman.
But those are stories with fictional characters interchanging personalities. One might think Monday in regular life is different. Or is it? Think twice!
We are not talking of Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne. We are talking about Samarpan Singh. And his story too is quite unique. The dude lives a life which some may dream of, but not many get to live.
Samarpan is a doctor by profession and takes care of people in medical need. But apart from his goal of nurturing lives, he has turned a new leaf in his career in the glam profession of acting.
Starting out a few months ago, playing the lead in LuvDown, a web series which appeared on Disney+ Hotstar, Samarpan is now gearing up for a debut in movies. He will soon be seen in a Hindi feature film titled O2.
And if you are wondering what role this doctor-actor is playing in O2, let us surprise you even more! The story of O2 revolves around the plight many faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, when there was a scarcity of oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients.
As if echoing the noble work Samarpan does in real life, the actor plays the lead character of a doctor with the nickname of Doctor Jugaad in O2, who tirelessly works on saving his patients during the pandemic.
Didn’t we say, Samarpan has a unique life! Let’s see. How does one articulate this !?! Something like they say, having the cake and eating it too. 😉 Right?
“We are in a diverse country with a diverse social history. Films are a very strong medium of spreading awareness and strengthening the fabric of society,” says the versatile actress Pranali Sanghmitra Bhagwat justifying a reason to seek out offbeat films.
Pranali, who recently made a debut in the commercial mystery-comedy Ek Number Super, remarks that she wants to play all kinds of characters, but also has a liking for unconventional films with a strong social message.
Ask her about her favourite directors and she promptly replies that she dreams of working with filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Nagraj Manjule, Mira Nair, Gauri Shinde and Neeraj Ghaywan.
“They make such wonderful socially sensitive movies which have entertainment value, along with portraying deep and strong realities. It’s like showing the mirror to society and making the journey entertaining at the same time,” says Pranali.
And what does she like to do in her spare time? “I love to dance,” says the actress who actually began dancing at the age of two. She danced at home and then in school and later did workshops in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Bollywood dance.
She even got selected and trained by Shiamak Davar’s dance academy in a Special Potential Batch. Pranali has taken formal training in Hindustani classical singing for four years during her school days, performed in various theatre plays later, trained in contemporary dance and even learnt acting at Kishore Namit Kapoor’s acting institute.
In fact, Pranali is so attached to dance that she frequently attends international dance workshops with Shoonya Dance Centre in Belgium.
We wish this focused and talented actress the best and hope she fulfills all her dreams.
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After a news report that debutant actor Samarpan Singh’s bearded look resembled that of Shahid Kapoor’s look as Dr Kabir in the superhit movie Kabir Singh, a section of the media has chosen to carry a rejoinder.
Disagreeing that Samarpan’s look resembles Kabir, the popular website India Shorts has stated that the actor’s rugged bearded suited-booted look, gait, style and attitude is closer to the look of the character of Rocky played by Yash in the more recent megahit KGF movies.
“He may be a Singh, and he may have a similar beard, and he may also be a doctor in real life. But nah, we’d say, he’s seems like stunning Rocky than crazy Kabir,” wrote the site.
“Yash aced it in KGF, and Samarpan is more like Yash’s character Rocky than the Dr Kabir of Kabir Singh. But yes, one thing we agree on and that is — the guy makes a good choice for Bollywood roles,” the site concluded.
For the record, the stylish Samarpan Singh made a rocking debut with the web series LuvDown on Disney+ Hotstar. The series has been watched with appreciation and anxiety by viewers during its initial run and has got a fresh lease on YouTube. Laced with sarcastic humour, LuvDown is a rom-com revolving around the story of a couple stuck together in a flat during the pandemic.
One look at this picture and you might wonder how similar the look is to the character of Dr Kabir in the superhit Shahid Kapoor-starrer Kabir Singh.
But hold it, it’s not who you think! This young lad is actually debutant actor Samarpan Singh and he insists he is “very very different” from the self-obsessed man-child character of Dr Kabir who makes his painful way into a sort of adulthood in the movie.
“I am nothing like that,” laughs Samarpan, who recently made his debut in the web series LuvDown. The series was watched with appreciation and anxiety by viewers during its initial run on Disney+ Hotstar and has got a fresh lease on YouTube. Laced with sarcastic humour, LuvDown is a rom-com revolving around the story of a couple stuck together in a flat during the pandemic.
“Don’t judge me by the looks,” quips Samarpan. “I’m much more chilled out than the ultra-hyper Kabir. I don’t believe in putting a stamp of ownership on people, and my friends say that I am one of the most understanding and accommodative friends they have had in their lives,” says Samarpan.
But if there can be one thing similar to Dr Kabir Singh’s character (apart from his current look), what would that be, we ask Samarpan. “I think that would be his passion,” quips Samarpan who is actually also a doctor in real life.
Don’t be surprised if you soon see this intelligent and handsome intense-looking new talent in Bollywood.
Suggests Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs for countries
International healthcare consultant Vijay Dhawangale proposes an accessible diagnostic initiative which can make preventive healthcare a way of life across the world.
According to an estimate, chronic diseases may contribute to over 70 percent of global deaths by 2030. And one of the most effective ways of nipping lifestyle diseases in the bud, is preventive healthcare.
To aid the development and practice of preventive healthcare across the world, global healthcare consultant Vijay Dhawangale opines and proposes a revolutionary Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to ease the burden of disease on people, by offering them accessible diagnostic services through public health facilities.
“We care for our automobiles more than we care for our own health! Just as we ensure that our cars go for regular servicing, rather than awaiting a breakdown before hauling it to the service centre, we need to ensure that our bodies too, get a regular check-up. If diagnostic healthcare services are made more accessible, the shift towards preventive healthcare can be faster,” says Vijay Dhawangale.
His model of Healthcare Diagnostics Programs around the world involves nuanced strategies for local and state-level implementation, overseen by a central agency designated by governments. The initiative envisions providing a package of essential diagnostic services free-of-cost across all public health facilities using innovative, low-cost technology.
As per the proposed model, the government’s role is limited to enabling these diagnostic laboratories to be set up, while the responsibility of providing quality diagnostics can lie with the relevant laboratory partners.
Dhawangale has earlier piloted a PPP healthcare project by setting up over 200 diagnostic laboratories across five states in India, spanning both private and public sectors. Over 10 million citizens in remote locations across India are supposed to have availed free diagnostic services from these labs, which are attached to more than 3,000 government hospitals. Dhawangale believes that this model has the potential of being scaled and implemented globally.
“Both, availability and access to quality diagnostic healthcare, along with regular sensitization and awareness programs, are the need of the hour. These can ensure that people make their trips to hospitals, not just when they are unwell, but as a regular ‘wellness’ activity. Such preemptive diagnostics can help doctors catch the onset of a disease early on and prevent it altogether,” Dhawangale elucidates further.
Moreover, he points out that preventive healthcare, aided by timely and quality diagnostic services, can ease the burden on healthcare infrastructure and services. This can result in access to better care for those who need it the most, while ensuring that the majority of people remain in good health.
Who is Vijay Dhawangale?
Vijay Dhawangale is a venture capitalist and a global healthcare consultant who has successfully helmed multiple ventures across a multitude of domains and industries. He is particularly vocal about access to quality healthcare for all.
As part of a pilot PPP healthcare project, Dhawangale has set up over 200 laboratories, attached to more than 3,000 government hospitals across five states in India. More than 10 million citizens from remote locations across the country are supposed to have accessed free diagnostic services through these.
During the pandemic, Dhawangale has also been instrumental in setting up more than 15 COVID testing labs for quick and precise testing at critical locations across the country.
With the multi-starcast Marathi movie Ek Number Super emerging a success, newbie actress Pranali Sanghmitra Bhagwat is on cloud nine.
“I am so happy that the audiences have lapped up the film and appreciated my work,” quips an elated Pranali, who plays one of the main leads. Her hard work has paid off.
Pranali has received praise for her performance from all quarters. She is a “complete natural,” said a fan after watching the film. “She is effortless in her acting and shines and sparkles with liveliness throughout,” he enthusiastically added.
Directed by Milind Zumber Kavde, Ek Number Super is a mystery-comedy revolving around a group of friends on a vacation, when things go unbelievably haywire. Audiences have called it a “laugh riot” and a “path-breaking subject attempted for Marathi cinema.” In a review, a film critic went so gaga over the film that he forgot to mention the story of the movie, but kept praising it non-stop.
In an article in Lokmat, the publication has spoken about how people have liked the fresh genre of mystery-comedy. It has said that the songs are superhits and that some people have even been spotted dancing to the numbers in a few theatres. The article praises the job of all the actors and adds that the film has received good feedback from people of all age groups.
For the record, Pranali has earlier done 30 advertisements, a web series, a mythological television series and several short films. She has also acted in various theatre plays and trained in Hindustani classical singing and contemporary dance in India and abroad. No wonder she has performed like a seasoned performer in Ek Number Super.
But after the acclaim and new found fame, our eyes would surely be tracking her career moves hereafter. Who knows, Bollywood or perhaps even an overseas project might come calling soon.
Da Makeup Lab emerges as the undisputed market leader in makeup and prosthetics
For a technician working behind-the-scenes for movies, box-office success is the ultimate stamp of appreciation. And character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza of Da Makeup Lab seems to attract success like a luck magnet.
Just look at the long list of hits and blockbusters. She has given eight megahits in the last five years. Recent blockbusters include Padmaavat (2018), Andhadhun (2018), Chhichhore (2019), Housefull 4 (2019), Bigil (Tamil) (2019), Master (Tamil) (2021), Pushpa: The Rise (Telugu with dubbed versions in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi) (2021) and most recently, Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022).
All these films for which Preetisheel has provided the makeup and prosthetics, have broken various box-office records. But the list doesn’t end there! Her other huge successes in the last five years include names like 102 Not Out (2018), Bala (2019), Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) and Panga (2020).
As if these too are not enough, she has been part of many commercial successes earlier too. The list includes Haider (2014), Brothers (2015), Talvar (2015), Bajirao Mastani (2015), Shivaay (2016), Mom (2017) and Aval (Tamil) (The House Next Door in Hindi) (2017).
For the record, Preetisheel won the National Film Award for Best Makeup for her very first film Nanak Shah Fakir.
Along with her partner-husband Mark D’souza, she runs India’s No. 1 hair, makeup and prosthetics outfit Da Makeup Lab in the posh Mumbai locality of Versova. Plus, with more and more interesting films like Chup, Cobra, OMG 2 and Ram Setu coming up for release, Preetisheel’s success streak shows no signs of slowing down.
Actor Samarpan Singh is quite surprised to learn that the new Netflix film The Bubble is actually made on the subject of ‘a movie made during the lockdown’.
“I am surprised, but smiling,” says the new-age actor. “Learning about the subject of The Bubble took me back in time, when a year ago, we faced multiple challenges, shooting our web series LuvDown in a flat during the pandemic,” he remarks.
Just like this subject of The Bubble, the story of LuvDown revolved around a couple trapped together in a flat during the lockdown. “The pandemic made good and bad memories for most of us on the planet. So it’s good to see more and more filmmakers create stories revolving around the time,” adds Samarpan.
For the record, LuvDown was probably the first production on the subject of lockdowns. The web series, watched with appreciation and anxiety by viewers during its initial run on Disney+ Hotstar, also got a fresh lease on YouTube, with viewers able to sit back and enjoy the sarcastic humour of the rom-com with a nostalgic smile.
Featuring Samarpan Singh with Amrit Kaur Dhillon as his love interest, LuvDown featured seven episodes written and directed by Sritama Dutta. They have been produced by Onkarjit Singh, Gurjit Singh and Aditya Bharadwaj, and presented by Y Star Cine & Television Pvt Ltd.
After the series, Samarpan has signed up for a Hindi film and will also be seen in a music video soon. He is looking forward to more work in Bollywood. Going by his steady climb in the film industry, we wouldn’t be surprised to find him bagging some plum Bollywood projects in the near future.