Feryna Wazheir receives praise for Commando 3

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Feryna Wazheir has been singled out for praise by critics and audience alike for all her films. Be it when playing the bubbly Frenny in Rang Rasiya, or the troubled and vulnerable Kuwaiti Yasmin in Airlift, the actress has received appreciation for her varied and interesting roles. And the recently released Commando 3 is no exception.

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The actress has once again been lauded for her intense portrayal of Zahira, a woman trying to save her young child from radicalism. She outperforms, especially in the scenes clashing with her abusive ex-husband, played by Gulshan Devaiah.

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Feryna portrays a vulnerable woman, scared of her menacing ex-husband and his power, but also determined to save her child from his clutches. When she meets hero Captain Karan Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal), she sees a chance to escape with her child and she takes it, knowing well, that if things go wrong, all hell could break loose.

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“It was an interesting character to play,” says Feryna. “I try to choose roles where the character speaks to me. It’s not about the size of the role for me, but rather, the substance,” she adds. Latest reports have it that Commando 3 is doing good business at the box-office and that is all which makes Feryna happy this week.

World cinema film researcher Mainak Misra directs short-film Days of Marigolds

 

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Tackling the subject of longing, memories, cycle of life, reflections, dreams, hope and nostalgia, world cinema film researcher Mainak Misra has written, directed and produced his first short-film Days of Marigolds.

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With a unique subject, Days of Marigolds is a silent film with no dialogues. Talking about the film’s emotional quotient, filmmaker Mainak Misra says, “Sometimes we can never forget certain moments spent with our nearest and dearest ones. The story of this short delves upon one such tender moment in the life of the protagonist and how he clings on to it as his most cherished and missed memory.”

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The film revolves around a story of two brothers in rural India. As the elder brother leaves the village, the younger brother keeps returning to the place they parted at. Each return marks a passage of his life cycle from childhood to adolescence, early adulthood, late adulthood, and eventually old age. Life goes on.

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Shot at the banks of Pochampally village lake, about 30 km away from Hyderabad, Telangana, all the actors in the film are commoners without any previous experience in acting.

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Another unique aspect of the film is that it is made in a silhouette-like sepia tone and has an endearing slow-moving village life feel to it. To aid this, the maker effectively uses sentimental instrumental music to enhance its appeal.

 

Preetisheel Singh is awesome with makeup and prosthetic, says Bhumi Pednekar

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The ultra-versatile Bhumi Pednekar, who recently shocked the audiences once again, this time with her look of a dark-skinned girl in the runaway hit Bala, gives credit to makeup and prosthetic expert Preetisheel Singh for designing it.

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Bhumi has specially shot a short video, describing how impressed she is with the look designer Preetisheel and her team, saying, “I think you guys are so fantastic. What you guys did for me with Bala is just something that I couldn’t even imagine.”

Bhumi adds, “With the two experiences (Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh) that I’ve had with you (Preetisheel and team), you made me look so different. You made me feel so comfortable. You always worked around my features. You always tried enhancing them, staying true to the character. And I think that’s fantastic.”

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“Speaking specifically about the technique and your prosthetic and all the specialized makeup that you do… oh my God, your entire team is so professional and talented. The number of techniques you use and the surety with which you do it, really put me at a lot of ease as an actor. So congratulations. More power to you. I think you are awesome,” concludes Bhumi.

 

Fans missing Pankit Thakker in Sanjivani 2

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With the news of the medical drama television series Sanjivani 2 coming on Star Plus, actor Pankit Thakker’s fans were elated and had wished him great luck on social media. But soon, they were taken aback as this reboot of the show featured different actors.

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It can be noted that after the success of the earlier Sanjivni episodes on Star Plus, its sequel Dill Mill Gayye on Star One emerged a blockbuster and ran for a whopping 721 episodes.

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Pankit, whose character of Dr Atul was hugely popular in Dill Mill Gayye, had fans expecting him to reprise the role, and see more of his love story with the character of Dr Anjali. His character is remembered for being the affable guy and the loving son of Dr Omi Joshi.

However, they were disappointed to find that his character of Dr Atul was missing. Pankit is also famous for being a professional and bankable actor, with a successful innings on Indian television.

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The new series which began this August, is waiting to recreate that old Sanjivani and Dill Mill Gayye magic. Whether it will be able to or not, remains to be seen. But bringing back a popular actor from a cult show is always a tried-and-tested idea worth attempting to bring in the TRPs.

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Feryna Wazheir to play a British Muslim in Commando 3

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Versatile actress Feryna Wazheir who has earlier essayed desi period characters in films such as Rang Rasiya, Meri Preeto and Airlift, will soon be seen playing a modern British Muslim in Commando 3 along with Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Angira Dhar and Gulshan Devaiah.

Set in London and India, shot by Mark Hamilton and Priya Seth, the film will showcase Feryna as a woman caught in a dilemma.

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“It’s a performance-oriented character. Although I love playing very desi roles, it’s nice to be able to play a contemporary character closer to my roots,” says Feryna, who was required to speak Urdu for the role. Luckily for her, that’s her mother tongue.

Hailing from Kashmir, Feryna is one of the most beautiful women in Bollywood. Born and raised in Scotland, she has been into films from childhood. She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and now splits her time between Mumbai and London.

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Her love of theatre and Indian movies was evident at a young age and led her to roles in amateur theatre, before beginning her journey in Bollywood. At university, Feryna studied film communication and cultural studies which broadened her outlook.

She is also proficient in the ancient Indian martial art Kalaripayattu as well as boxing. Its yet to be seen if those talents come to use in the film! Commando 3 releases worldwide on November 29.

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Preetisheel Singh basks in the ‘shining’ glory of Bala

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Fresh from the super success of Housefull 4 and appreciation for her work for Ujda Chaman, ace makeup, hair and prosthetic character designer Preetisheel Singh is basking in the glory of critical acclaim for her latest film Bala… or should we say, for having constructed Ayushmann Khurrana’s shining baldpate. Tch tch! 😉

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“The film reviews have been overwhelming and the audience reaction stupendous,” chirps the lady. “Never before has makeup, hair and prosthetic been so much in the limelight as in these last three weeks… and I’m loving it and lapping up all the attention,” she winks.

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Preetisheel deserves it. After all, it wasn’t long ago that she was going through testing times, having to contend with the three baldie looks, and how to make them stand out and look different from each other. While Akshay Kumar’s look in Housefull 4 got that imposing moustache, Sunny Singh’s character in Ujda Chaman was given a distinctive stubble.

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It’s been a fabulous year for the makeover wiz. Just last month, another of her films, Chhichhore, garnered great acclaim for the starcast’s young and old looks designed by Preetisheel. Her Tamil film Bigil starring Kollywood megastar Vijay is also the talk of the Southern industry from a fortnight.

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Plus, apart from Housefull 4, both Chhichhore and Bigil have emerged great money spinners at the box-office, and now Bollywood has high expectations from Bala to ring in the greens next.

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But for Preetisheel, it’s no time to rest. The National Award-winning character designer is already super-busy, working on her upcoming projects which include the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Kartik Aaryan-Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh, Kangana Ranaut-starrers Panga and Dhaakad, and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

Juhi Chawla asks her fans to go green

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Never one to shy away from standing by social causes, actress Juhi Chawla has come in strong support of the Cauvery Calling campaign of tree plantations for revitalizing India’s rivers, started by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation.

This week, Juhi put out an impacting video on social media, saying that she will meet up with ten selected people who participate in the Cauvery Calling campaign by planting the maximum trees.

“The campaign plans to plant more than 200 crore trees in the Cauvery basin in the next 12 years to help rejuvenate the Cauvery river,” she informs and asks her fans to donate and support her on www.JuhiChawla.CauveryCalling.org to plant trees, or begin a fundraising campaign of their own.

Elaborating on her message, Juhi says, ”My journey of campaigning for rivers started in 2017, when Sadhguru spoke about the dying state of our rivers and the urgency of the matter. I hope in my lifetime, I am able to see our rivers flow again and tell the future generation that I was a part of this movement.”

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A first of its kind, the Cauvery Calling campaign aims to aid farmers to plant crores of trees in the Cauvery basin across the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This is expected to replenish organic content in the soil and increase water retention in the Cauvery basin by an estimated 40%. It can in turn help farmers in the region to switch to agroforestry (tree-based farming), which has the potential to multiply their incomes by 300 to 800 percent in around five to seven years.

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The campaign stresses that if one of us tries to plant a million trees, it will be a huge task. But, if million of us plant just one tree each, we will have a million trees in no time at all. Thus, it is no wonder why Juhi asks her fans not to send her gifts, cards or flowers on her upcoming birthday on November 13, but instead support the campaign for making the world a greener place.

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It can be noted here, that earlier Juhi was also part of Sadhguru’s Rally for Rivers (RFR) project to raise awareness about the significance and importance of rivers in our lives.

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

After Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali repeated Preetisheel Singh 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.

More recently, she worked on Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore where she designed multiple young and old-age looks for an ensemble lead cast. The film has crossed the 200 crore mark at the box-office.

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

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, PM Narendra Modi, Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), Gone Kesh, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Bharat, Malaal, Ujda Chaman and the Tamil/Hindi film 24.

She 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.

Preetisheel’s 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 for an advertisement which garnered a lot of traction. Apart from this she designed a Frankenstein mask just for fun, which turned out to be a rage on social media.

Preetisheel received abundant attention once again 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 a success hattrick with Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Mulk and Andhadhun, she has also begun receiving a lot of offers down 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 film Bigil with Southern superstar Vijay is a blockbuster. She achieved a double-hattrick with Chhichhore and Housefull 4, and Bigil emerging superhits.

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 soon be showcased once again in Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Kangana Ranaut-starrers Panga and Dhaakad, Kartik AaryanBhumi Pednekar-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

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

Last but not the least, Preetisheel is about to begin her own school of makeup design, called ‘Preetisheel School of Character Design’.

 

Some links which might interest you:

 

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

 

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

 

After Chhichhore and Housefull 4, Preetisheel Singh hits another hattrick with Bigil

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While Chhichhore has crossed the 200 crore mark, and Housefull 4 is roaring at the box-office with a collection of 53.22 crore in just three days, another movie of National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic character designer Preetisheel Singh is doing stupendous business.

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Bigil is the latest blockbuster from Tamil film industry Kollywood’s megastar Vijay, who has become synonymous with Diwali releases in the South, as Rajinikanth is with Pongal or Salman Khan is with Eid in Bollywood. Recently, Shah Rukh Khan described Bigil as Chak De on steroids.

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For the movie, Preetisheel has designed two looks for Vijay in a double role, one a footballer and the other as a gangster. “Bigil was a very exciting project as we had to do two different generation looks,” says Preetisheel.

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“Vijay Sir doesn’t speak much but is a gem of a person. My experience with him has been amazing. He is very welcoming and very easy to talk to,” she quips, adding that she has curated another look with him for a movie which will go on floors soon.

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Preetisheel has earlier achieved a hattrick a year ago, when three of her movies Padmaavat, 102 Not Out and Mulk hit the bulls eye. In recent months she has also garnered abundant praise about her work for Andhadhun and Thackeray.

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She has been behind some of the best looks of a plethora of top Bollywood stars like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Madhuri Dixit, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,  Radhika Apte, Ranveer Singh, Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor & Sunny Deol.

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Her work will soon be seen in forthcoming movies like the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala, Kartik Aaryan-Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh, Sunny Singh-starrer Ujda Chaman, Kangana Ranaut-starrers Panga and Dhaakad, and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

Bollywood goes ga-ga over Preetisheel Singh’s baldie boys!

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Close on the heels of the stupendous success of Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore, National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic character design specialist is coming up with not one, two, but three stunners. And all the three films have taken the film industry imagination by storm.

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Yes! We are talking about none other than the three baldie looks of Bollywood, which are the talk of the town from a while now. The wiz behind the looks of Akshay Kumar as Bala in the Farhad Samji-directed Housefull 4, Ayushmann Khurrana in Amar Kaushik’s movie Bala and Sunny Singh in Abhishek Pathak’s Ujda Chaman, is look designer Preetisheel Singh.

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What has particularly surprised many, is the fact that inspite of all the three looks being of men going bald, Preetisheel has deftly designed them in a way that all of them look ending different on the screen. While Akshay has an imposing mouche to go with the look, Ayushmaan has a receding hairline, and Sunny Singh has a moustache and stubble to match his balding look.

It can be noted here that Preetisheel even received accolades for her transformational look makeovers in movies like Padmaavat, Mom, 102 Not Out, Mulk and Thackeray some time ago.

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She is now excited for her forthcoming releases which include an interesting mix of movies like the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Kartik Aaryan-Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh, Southern superstar Vijay’s next Bigil, Kangana Ranaut-starrers Panga and Dhaakad, and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

What’s more! The talented lady is also preparing to launch the ‘Preetisheel School of Character Design’ at her new sprawling office and workshop of her company ‘Da Makeup Lab’ at Versova, Mumbai.

 

Chhichhore look transformations win overwhelming accolades for Preetisheel Singh

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National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic expert Preetisheel Singh is elated at the commercial success of Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore. The film has just crossed the 125 crore mark at the box-office, and is still going strong.

 

 

“I’m overwhelmed with the congratulatory calls and messages about the looks in the film. It’s always a nice feeling when you put your heart and soul into something and people notice that effort and appreciate it,” quips a delighted Preetisheel, who carried out multiple transformational looks for the ensemble cast of Chhichhore from their young to old age. “I’m so grateful to director Nitish Tiwari for putting complete faith in my work,” adds the makeover whiz.

 

 

“Chhichhore has caught the imagination of audiences and made many nostalgic about their college days,” Preetisheel points out. “This is the first time that we had to work on an ensemble cast of six. Getting everyone ready simultaneously was quite a task as everyone had prosthetic work involved. But the actors were really cooperative and so patient throughout the whole process.”

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Preetisheel has earlier been behind some of the best looks of a plethora of top Bollywood stars like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Madhuri Dixit, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,  Radhika Apte, Ranveer Singh, Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Sunny Deol.

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She has handled the character designs for highly successful movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Housefull 3, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Mom, Thackeray, PM Narendra Modi, Bharat and Andhadhun.

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Some of the forthcoming movies in her kitty include the Akshay Kumar-starrer Housefull 4, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala, Kartik Aaryan-Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh, Southern superstar Vijay’s next Bigil, Kangana Ranaut-starrers Panga and Dhaakad, and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

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She could well be heading for some more awards this year too. But before that, Preetisheel is all set to launch the ‘Preetisheel School of Character Design’ and a new office and workshop of her company ‘Da Makeup Lab’ at Versova, Mumbai.

Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan feeds the underprivileged before flying to India

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Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan is soon to participate in the Mrs. India Worldwide beauty pageant at The Leela, Mumbai. The event is about to witness the most beautiful and talented contestants from over 40 countries, competing for the Miss and Mrs. India Worldwide titles, judged by a celebrity panel of judges, with a host of guests expected from Bollywood and Hollywood.

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But Kristal is in news for something else this week. She believes in doing more for charity than most beauty queens promise on stage. Kristal not only enjoys spending holidays with friends and loved ones, but makes it a point to make time for the less fortunate and make their celebrations special too. Growing up with struggles of a poor life, she has learned to smile and be kind hearted more than anything else.

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Recently, when she was to celebrate her birthday, her first thought was not to celebrate with a party or outing, but cook with her mother’s help for underprivileged children of a village next to her hometown Georgetown in Guyana.

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Her ideal great birthday was to share a home-cooked meal with the children. “Bringing happiness to those who have nothing makes my birthday that much more special,” she says. A few days after her birthday, she along with her mother decided to cook some of the best of Indian dishes, after which they headed to a local orphanage to feed the underprivileged once again.

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While at the orphanage, she noticed that a teenage girl didn’t have proper eyeglasses. She took her to an eye doctor, and purchased a pair of eyeglasses for her. That’s not all! Every Christmas, Kristal orders toys in bulk, and distributes them at a local village to give each child a gift and let them know how special they are.

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