Iulia Vantur is a picture of elegance as she poses for Sharat Chandra

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Though these pics were clicked a little before Mumbai went into the Coronavirus lockdown, we are quite happy to have discovered them recently.

It was just a few weeks ago that ace fashion and film photographer Sharat Chandra clicked these regal-looking pictures of Romanian television presenter and singer Iulia Vantur, who is rumoured to be Bollywood megastar Salman Khan’s girlfriend.

Just after this shoot, she headed to Nykka Femina Beauty Awards 2020, where she was seen sparkling in this red outfit. “Iulia is an ethereal beauty and it was a pleasure to click her,” says Sharat. “The best thing about her is that she has an easy-going and radiant personality,” he adds.

Dressed in a bright red dress made by the magnificent new-age designer Surya Sarkar, Iulia carries herself with utmost elegance in the shoot, which also makes us wonder, why she is not seen more often on the ramp or in the movies.

Must say, the best part about this girl is that she is a very optimistic person. Her Insta followers swear by that and actually feel they elevate their mood with her messages and pics whenever they head to her Insta account. Now that’s some good vibration with a dollop of positive energy, and not many have that effect on people.

Vickyy Kohhli releases new inspiring song Muskurale with Sadhana Sargam

To inspire people during this tough time of Coronavirus pandemic, the talented singer Vickyy Kohhli has come out with a new melodious and soothing song along with the famous Bollywood singer Sadhana Sargam.

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Titled Muskurale, the number has an interesting video with montage shots of various places in and around India and depicting a cross-section of people and communities living in peace and harmony. The video is accompanied by lyrics embedded in Hindi.

“Together we will come out stronger from this pandemic of lockdowns, hunger and poverty,” says Vickyy, who is confident of the world having the strength to fight against this tough time. Composed and written by Vickyy Kohhli, the music for Muskurale has been beautifully arranged by Rajib, Mouna and Sajid, with the video masterfully edited by Karan Channey and Tanveer Babu.

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While the film industry is going through a very financially damaging phase, the music industry may revive first, as songs can be sung, composed and mixed with minimal physical interactions.

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In fact, a lot of Bollywood actors like Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham have also come out with special motivational videos in the last few weeks, and Vickyy feels this kind of music goes a long way in giving people strength and hope. Meanwhile, new normals are fast setting in, and songs like Muskurale prove they are ahead of the curve.

Rozlyn Khan rocks Marathi TikTok video with Riteish Deshmukh

TikTok ‘Comedy Princess’ Rozlyn Khan never fails to amuse us! One of the recent videos she has come out with, is titled ‘Marathi TikTok.’

And guess who she is featured with? Cool dude Riteish Deshmukh. The duet clip has Rozlyn and Riteish juxtaposed side-by-side, with her pestering him to tell her a joke. What happens next is to be seen in the video.

Just for the record, Rozlyn shot to fame with her acts as a model and then in Bollywood movies. Her famous desi rip-off video of the South Korean megahit Gangnam Style had us wondering what she will come up with next. And then she made a foray into TikTok and reinvented herself as India’s ‘Comedy Princess’. Way to go!

Ardhsatya web-series maker Kanu Priya urges people to “surrender” to COVID-19

Actress and celebrity host Kanu Priya who recently directed and produced the successful supernatural fiction show Ardhsatya for the OTT platform Watcho, has a unique take about how people should deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sharing her viewpoint on social media, the soul-searching actress says, “COVID-19 is not a fight. Its a journey of surrender.” Elaborating on what she means, she explains how people need to look within for real solutions. “Surrender to the higher self and accept our mistakes.”

Kanu Priya remarks that humans are used to fighting for survival in moments of crisis. We come together, stand up for each other, and feel we have won the battle. The actress feels, “we are all doing it wrong. We are quarantined. We are sitting at our homes with family. Our core has got corrupted which can only be healed by sitting in stillness and alone. Others can’t make us see our darkness. We know about it, but we are not learning our lessons.”

“We don’t need to be together in this battle. The enemy is not outside. Doctors, nurses, police, house-keeping staff and others were doing their job earlier too. But now we have made them Gods and saints. We have put them on a very high pedestal. Appreciating someone’s work, and giving them a God’s status, are two different things. Instead of messiah complexes, we should be finding the real reason for this pause.”

Kanu Priya feels this issue will not go away. “COVID-19 is not a collective fight, it’s an individual battle and till the time we do not accept that, we will not allow our inner demons and darkness to come out,” she analyses.

“It’s not going to be easy to face our inner self, hatred, fears, karmas. But I can assure you, there’s enough light for your darkness to go away. Because deep down, beyond our darkness is our Godliness. It wants to emerge now. Give it space. Clear it up. Let the light shine.”

For the record, before the web series Ardhsatya, Kanu Priya has been known for her international hit shows include Awakening With Brahma Kumari, Subah Savere, Mann Ki Baat and Evening Live Show. She’s been an integral part of the entertainment industry for over 25 years.

Kanu Priya is also the founder and CEO of Noida-based media company Gul Guncha Arts and also runs the Actor Unveiled Acting Academy. A truly multifaceted lady, she believes in using the power of mass media to bring a global change in the world.

Memories of Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan bring tears to Preetisheel Singh

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh who curated Rishi Kapoor’s looks for 102 Not Out and Mulk, and worked with Irrfan Khan for Haider, is overcome with grief after their sudden demise.

“Working with Irrfan Khan and Rishi Sir has been a journey I will never forget,” says Preetisheel. She mentions that it’s rare to have such accomplished artists always willing to experiment with their screen appearances.

Preetisheel recollects, “When I first got a chance to work with Rishi Sir on 102 Not Out, I was a bit nervous as he had been working with international prosthetic artists earlier. But once I had finished the process of his look in the film, he was very impressed .”

“Moreover, he would give me interesting advice while narrating his experiences with international makeup and prosthetic artists. He was like a father figure to me and I will always miss him a lot.”

“I got a chance to work with Mr Khan during Haider and the experience was fabulous, as he was one of the most patient actors on the makeup chair,” reminisces Preetisheel.

“Apart from being among the best our industry has had, both Mr Khan and Rishi Sir were amazing and very down-to-earth human beings. And that is what made them so special. Today, when I think of all the times spent working with them, it brings tears of fondness. It is really sad to lose such amazing talent and good human beings.”

National Award-winner Preetisheel Singh’s Da Makeup Lab launches makeup contest amid Lockdown

Bollywood’s premier makeup and prosthetic studio Da Makeup Lab, that is responsible for looks created in films like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Bala, Housefull 4 and many more, launched a makeup contest amid the Corona crisis.

“Post the lockdown, there were a huge number of inquiries coming in about learning makeup and prosthetic, so we thought, why not let people nurture their creativity in this time of isolation,” says Preetisheel Singh, who runs the makeup and prosthetic outfit in Versova, Mumbai.

“The motive of having this competition is to raise spirits during this time. People tend to be more motivated when there is something positive to look forward to when these troubled times end,” she points out.

Called the SFX Makeup Contest, the theme of this online competition is ‘trauma’ (bruised and battered look). It gives a chance to makeup lovers to not only utilize their time during the Coronavirus lockdown, but even win an opportunity to learn from the best. Because three of its top winners will get a chance to attend a workshop with the National Award-winning Preetisheel Singh a few weeks after the lockdown is completely relaxed.]

As per a source at Da Makeup Lab, people have already started responding and are excited about creating looks. The source quips, “We have had a few people even messaging us and asking if they could send in multiple entries, and we say, of course, why not.”

Preetisheel Singh behind South style icon Allu Arjun’s look in Pushpa

National Award-winning look designer Preetisheel Singh, who has designed looks for Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, John Abraham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shahid Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and Ranveer Singh, has now teamed up with South style icon and superstar Allu Arjun for his upcoming film Pushpa, creating a look which already has the masses anticipating more.

The makeup and prosthetic designer has done a lot of detailing, including colour, tan, and a hairstyle to match the rugged bearded look of Allu Arjun with piercing eyes. The actor recently shared the first look of the film on social media and the poster instantly went viral.

What’s more! The poster emerged the most liked first look on Twitter with more than 84.k likes in 24 hours. Currently, it has 17.3k retweets and 98k likes on the micro-blogging site.

According to the grapevine, the film is based on red sandalwood smuggling and set in the backdrop of Seshachalam forest, the hilly ranges part of Eastern Ghats in southern Andhra Pradesh. Directed by Sukumar, Pushpa is touted to be an action entertainer, with the shoot being planned after the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown is lifted.

Known for her transformational work in Bollywood, Preetisheel also owns and operates India’s premier outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.

Feryna Wazheir posts WVU helpline to tackle COVID-19 stress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested the nation to light diyas and torches at 9pm on August 5, in a show of strength and togetherness. It’s going to be a huge symbolic expression about making everyone feel that we are not alone.

On a similar line of thought, Airlift-fame actress Feryna Wazheir who was recently seen in Commando 3, has posted a very sweet message on her Instagram, imploring her fans not to feel lost, depressed or alone.

Along with a heart-warming video, she wrote: “Your positive state of mind is the first line and strongest defense against disease. For the first time in India, a large community of well-wishers are going beyond themselves to deliver back to society, peace and harmony, by sharing what they most value, their time, their empathy and their support.”

Imploring people not to hesitate to seek professional assistance if they feel isolated or anxious, Feryna shared the helpline numbers of Wellbeing Volunteers United (WVU); a collective effort of different NGOs and organizations working in the field of mental health who bring varied levels of understanding and ability to solve today’s challenges.

“Please don’t suffer in silence and reach out on the free helpline to talk to the trained Wellbeing Volunteers United in their effort to uplift the spirits of India. Your spirit.” she added. “Empower yourself with the power of positive thinking.”

With India emerging a hotbed of mental health challenges, WVU is aiming to launch a coordinated multi-dimensional effort to help people deal with mental illnesses and address the disturbing progression of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, financial insecurity, relationship anxiety, gender stereotypes, stress and panic attacks.

Bollywood spreads warmth during Coronavirus

The nation is facing the probability of a longer lockdown than 21 days, or even curfews during the Coronovirus aka COVID-19 outbreak. While people are stuck in their houses, they are increasingly watching movies and surfing the net. Most Indians are looking up to their idolized Bollywood personalities, who are cheering them up once again this week.

Amitabh Bachchan

Quoting Charles Darwin, megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote the following lines on Twitter: “It’s not the strangest who survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Not to forget to mention that Big B is one of the most active desi filmstars on social media and his tweets and posts are revered by fans.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter to share an interesting sketch of a little boy riding a horse. The caption read: “Everyone is a bit scared, said the horse. But we are less scared together.”

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif, who earlier posted videos of her mopping and cleaning her house and even doing the utensils during the social distancing of Coronavirus times, said, “Hope everyone is staying safe… please follow all precautionary safety measures as recommended by the health professionals… exercise and meditation help your body’s immune system… keep your environment clean and happy.”

“Be safe and take care of one another. Together let’s help to stop the spread of this virus. Stay safe everyone,” added the actress.

Sonu Nigam

Actor-singer Sonu Nigam shared an exclusive message on Coronavirus, wherein he shared his plight about not being able to return to India amid the total lockdown.

Preetisheel Singh

Ace makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh asked everyone to show restraint and compassion in these tough times. “The world is going through troubled times right now and it seems like we cannot do anything about it, but remember, it’s the little things that will get us all out of this big difficulty,” she wrote on the Instagram account of her company, Da Makeup Lab.

“It’s the care, the love, the strict adherence to social distancing, and a sense that together we can overcome it. That is what will ultimately bail us out. So keep calm and fight on,” added Preetisheel.

Karan Johar

Leading filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: “You know what to do! You know how critical it is! You know about self isolating, washing hands, social distancing, you know it all!”

“Then do yourself a favour and just don’t read any more corona updates for a few days! Just happy and elevating news! Do this for yourself,” Karan added.

Alia Bhatt

Sharing a pic of hers with papa Mahesh Bhatt, Alia wrote on her FB page: “Stay home and go through old pictures when you’re missing your daddy. #throwbackthursday #stayhomestaysafe”

The Indian government has said that the Coronavirus pandemic in the country is at the “local transmission” stage. The total number of cases have risen to 1,071 and the death toll stands at 29.

Meanwhile, according to the latest news reports, worldwide, the number of Coronavirus cases has reached more than 724,436. Some 151,000 people have recovered, while more than 34,000 have died.

Preetisheel Singh designs SEVEN looks for actor Vikram

So you have seen actors in a double role and even triple roles. Now hear this!

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, who has designed the looks for actors in movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Bala and Housefull 4, has curated SEVEN different looks for South superstar Vikram for his upcoming film Cobra.

A first-look poster of the film which will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, shows Vikram in as many as seven avatars; ranging from a professor and politician to what seems to be a scientific mastermind, connecting all the different people together in some way.

With a musical score by none other than A.R.Rahman, Cobra is a thriller directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu and scheduled for a May 2020 release.

It can be noted here that just a fortnight ago we saw an advertisement for Kurkure starring Akshay Kumar where he played a triple role of son, father and grandfather. The three looks, also designed by Preetisheel, received a lot of attention.

A master with makeovers, Preetisheel who has emerged as the most sought-after look transformation specialist in Bollywood, runs India’s premiere outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.

Preetisheel Singh’s magic works with Akshay Kumar once again!

Just a while ago, Akshay Kumar praised India’s numero uno makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh to the skies, calling her a “magician” with her work involving makeovers and look transformations.

Akshay first worked with Preetisheel for the hard-hitting film Brothers. Later, Preetisheel designed the ‘pregnant’ look for Akshay for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Then came the Livguard advertisement, where she transformed the actor’s looks as Albert Einstein and Bruce Lee. More recently, they got together for the much talked-about bald look of Bala for the superhit Housefull 4.

And now Akshay and Preetisheel have woven their magic once again with the latest Kurkure ad starring the actor in a triple role of son, father and grandfather.

Showcasing the new ad on his Instagram account, Akshay wrote: “Happy to share about my newest association #Kurkure. Introducing new Kurkure Gazab Golmaal and Kurkure Hera Pheri Hungama flavours… ismein kya masale hain, kisi ka baap bhi nahi bata sakta! @kurkuresnacks #baaprebaap.”

Says an exuberated Preetisheel, “Akshay is a darling to work with, as he is not only easy-going and super-talented, but extremely professional. He never fails to acknowledge my efforts too.”

The ad intelligently portrayed a tongue-in-cheek nok-jhok between the three generations, with Akshay looking extremely cute in all the three avatars, while his body-language is seen to be believed. What more can we say! Yeh Kurkure looks ki hera pheri ke hungama se mazaa aa gaya!!

Akshay Kumar tickles fans with 3 new transformational looks

India’s most bankable superstar Akshay Kumar never ceases to surprise his fans with various astonishing looks and avatars nowadays.

Starting with his Pakshi Rajan look in 2.0, Akshay once again stunned his audiences with his bold and bald look as Bala in Housefull 4. Earlier, he had also aced a ‘pregnant’ look for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.

And now Akshay is back, with not one, not two, but three different looks, that too spanning generations — one of a son, another of a father and yet another, a grandfather.

The actor surprised and tickled his fans this week, when he put up a collage of the three new looks on social media with a tongue-in-cheek caption: “Ek se bhale do, do se bhale teen… Baap Re Baap, A Masaledaar entertainer coming your way soon. Watch out! #BaapReBaap”.

What’s more! Akshay has got everyone wondering in anticipation, keeping his fans guessing what the new looks are for and when we would be able to see more.

But grapevine has it that the three looks have been designed by National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, who also curated the ‘pregnant’ look for Akshay in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, as well as the sensational bald look in the superhit Housefull 4.

A master with makeovers, Preetisheel who has emerged as the most sought-after look transformation specialist in Bollywood, runs India’s premiere outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.