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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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’.”
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.
It was about to pour, but that didn’t stop her from her photoshoot on a faraway farm besides abandoned old cars.
Actress Anisha Victor had decided to do some casual pictures in a pink and white polka-dot dress that day — she even painted her toenails pink. But nature had other plans. As soon as she reached the outskirts of the farm, the weather began to change.
Dark clouds hovered and her photographer wondered how he would save his camera if it rained heavily. But since Anisha was all ready for the shoot, the photographer decided to take the chance too.
Anisha posed in the backdrop of the grunge look of old abandoned cars as the subdued natural light just turned out to be perfect. The mood was relaxed and the results cool… with Anisha donning a dreamy look which kinda went perfect with the location and weather. Check out the pics for yourself.
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 the Goldie Behl-directed web series REJCTX on Zee5.
Makeup and prosthetic wiz Preetisheel Shingh who has earlier curated transformational looks for movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Thackeray, Bala and Housefull 4, has designed a unique grandfather look for Southern superstar Nagarjuna for the promo of Telugu Bigg Boss.
The new promo video of Bigg Boss 4 Telugu released by Star Maa shows the show’s host Nagarjuna in the getup of an old man. Replete with a mischievous charm, Nagarjuna’s look has increased the expectations among fans.
Just in the way Bigg Boss cameras catch everything 24×7, the promo shows Nagarjuna doing his bit with a telescope, looking closely at something. The clip is followed by Bigg Boss Telugu’s new theme music and a coming soon card. It is reported that the contestants will be in quarantine for 14 days before entering the Bigg Boss House. A COVID-19 test will be performed on them to ensure everyone else’s safety.
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, Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays, and Southern movies such as South style icon Allu Arjun’s starrer Pushpa, South superstar Vikram’s starrer Cobra and yet another Southern superstar Thalapathy Vijay’s starrer Master.
While 2020 has been a trying year for some, it is turning out to be one of the most wonderful years for National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh.
After having five successes (Housefull 4, Chhichhore, Bala, Thackeray, Pati Patni Aur Woh) last year, Preetisheel began 2020 with yet another success in Panga and followed it up with Raat Akeli Hai.
Lined up for this year and next are releases like Yash Raj Films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Dhaakad, Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays, and Southern movies such as South style icon Allu Arjun’s starrer Pushpa, South superstar Vikram’s starrer Cobra and yet another Southern superstar Thalapathy Vijay’s starrer Master.
Spending quality time with her parents and husband Mark Dsouza in her hometown Pathankot during the lockdown, the makeover wiz has continued to design looks for family weddings, and experimented with new prosthetic projects in this time.
But the real bundle of joy in her life may take a month or two to arrive. Preetisheel just revealed on Facebook that she is pregnant and expecting in a few weeks. We wish the gal a rocking future ahead.
For the record, Preetisheel is known for her transformational work in many other Bollywood movies such as Bajirao Mastani, 102 Not Out Mulk and Andhadhun. She also owns and operates India’s premier outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.
Makeup and prosthetic look designer Preetisheel Singh is all praise for the versatile Radhika Apte. Handling her look for Honey Trehan’s directorial debut Raat Akeli Hai, Preetisheel quips, “Radhika has remarkable patience and sincerity. Moreover she is a wonderful person. So warm and down-to-earth.”
“During the shoot, she put complete faith in my work, which made me feel comfortable and even more responsible,” adds Preetisheel who has earlier curated the looks for superhits such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, Bala, 102 Not Out and Housefull 4.
Set to release on Netflix on July 31, Raat Akeli Hai stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in the lead and is a mystery crime drama about a dead politician’s dysfunctional family. It is one of the many top-of-the-line films to be released on the web after the Coronavirus pandemic crisis.
Talking about the movie’s director, Preetisheel says, “I’ve earlier worked with Honey on Nanak Shah Fakir and he’s totally dedicated and focused on what he does. So I’m very happy and excited to be part of his directorial debut.”
Known for her transformational work in Bollywood, Preetisheel is a National Award winner who also owns and operates India’s premier outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.
After Raat Akeli Hai, she is looking forward to many more projects including Yash Raj Films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Dhaakad, Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays, South style icon Allu Arjun’s starrer Pushpa, South superstar Vikram’s starrer Cobra and yet another Southern superstar Thalapathy Vijay’s starrer Master.
Zee 5’s runaway hit web series REJCTX directed by Goldie Behl has been coming up with quite a few unexpected twists and turns. In its second season, the show brought another startling spin, when it did a Baazigar on its leading character Kiara played by Anisha Victor of The House Next Door fame.
In a bizarre turn of events, Kiara gets thrown off from the top of a building just like how Shah Rukh Khan had once thrown off Shilpa Shetty from a terrace in the scene from his superhit movie Baazigar. The difference being that Kiara’s scene has yet another shock and awe twist which surprises the viewers. But let’s not give you that spoiler here and ruin your watch. 😉
Not to forget to mention that the versatile Anisha plays up all the drama with great spunk. Like her mind-blowing performance in the Viacom Motion Pictures’ horror film The House Next Door, she proves that she is an actress to reckon with.
Just recently she was in news for making it to the digital cover of Filmfare where she gave a regal pose along with her REJCTX co-star Masi Wali, doing away with the 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.”
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.
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.