Chhichhore and Bala bring accolades for look designer Preetisheel Singh

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If the trailer of Nitish Tiwari’s Chhichhore and teaser of Amar Kaushik’s Bala are anything to go by, the audiences are in for a visual treat in terms of look transformations of the main cast. And the lady behind the looks of the entire lead cast in the films — India’s numero uno makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh — has good reason to feel proud.

Both the movies have actors in their aging avatars and Preetisheel’s work has been receiving a new wave of accolades, after all the recognition it received earlier for films like Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Andhadhun, Mom, Mulk, 102 Not Out, Thackeray and many others.

“Look transformations are an integral part of the storylines of both these movies, and it was a challenge and responsibility for me to make them look convincing and believable. I am so happy people are appreciating my work,” says a modest Preetisheel, who’d won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’ for her very first film — the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir based on the life of Guru Nanak.

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She makes it a point to thank the filmmakers of all her movies for putting their trust and faith in her work. “Without their faith, I wouldn’t have been able to do all this,” she says. Having taken her career graph a few steps further towards more recognition and glory, the lady has no time for a breather. The next few months have her working on a dozen films back-to-back, as well as starting the ‘Preetisheel School of Character Design’ at Versova, Mumbai.

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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, 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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Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan overturns tragedy to participate in Mrs. India Worldwide

Just out from the jaws of death; headed to a beauty pageant

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True strength comes with resilience, perseverance and persistence. And if there is one lady who is currently epitomizing this, it is Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan. The beauty queen from Georgetown, Guyana, was all excited to participate in the Mrs. India Worldwide beauty pageant at The Leela, Mumbai, in the first week of September 2019.

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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 a week ago, Kristal suffered a life-threatening accident in her hometown in South America. The car she was travelling in, overturned, flipped over three times and crashed on the sidewalk. It was a ghastly crash, just like we see in the movies — only that, this was for real. Kristal, who was on the back seat, miraculously survived — albeit with bleeding cuts, scrapes and bruises. She was rushed to the nearest hospital, where she lay shaken.

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Imagine the shock and trauma she would have undergone. Anyone in her place would have cancelled her trip to Mumbai and given herself time and rest to recuperate and recover. But not Kristal. She decided she had to take life head on, with a confident smile. Healing from her injuries and a limp, she is ignoring her pain and preparing to go ahead with the upcoming pageant in Mumbai.

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Apart from being a successful model, Kristal is also a fashion designer and women empowerment speaker. Arriving in a few days in the bustling city of dreams, Kristal intends to take a day off on the beaches of Mumbai and focus on the Mrs. India Worldwide pageant.

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We’re almost speechless, hearing about this lady’s grit and determination. From so many years, we have heard countless pageant contestants talk so much about strength and resilience on stage. But what Kristal is doing right now, is a living example of all that and more! Just out from the jaws of death, and headed to a beauty pageant — that is something! We salute her strength as our heart goes out to her.

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Aavya Gupta charms her way into glamour world with La Fanaa

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Just a few days ago, beautiful newbie Aavya Gupta was crowned Miss Diva Of India International 2019. And even before the dust has settled on that news, the talented gal surprises us once more! She has just come out with her first single video La Fanaa released by T-Series.

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Aavya has not only performed in this video as an actress, but has also lent her voice for it. Aha! Reminds us of Julie Andrews, who once enthralled her audiences in the Hollywood classic The Sound Of Music, where she performed, as well as sang her own songs, right at the beginning of her career.

Aavya is taken aback by the response to her debut. “I’m thrilled. When I started out doing advertisements, I wasn’t aware that my career would take a leap,” quips Aavya. “But the Miss Diva Of India International 2019 win gave it a push and now I have already begun getting congratulatory calls and messages for the La Fanaa video. For my humble beginnings, this seems like a dream,” she adds with a smile.

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If all this is not enough, some on social media have been comparing her with face to Aishwarya Rai. “Please, don’t even go there. It will be too much for me to handle. I am just a newcomer trying to get a foothold in the industry,” smirks Aavya, who admits she gets to hear this comparison once in a while. “I don’t want to be burdened by such comparisons. Don’t even mention it anywhere in media or social media.” Oops! Sorry Aavya, but we already did. 😉

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So what’s next for this brainy beauty from Mumbai. Bollywood, we guess. “I have my fingers crossed,” is all she reveals.

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Preetisheel Singh flattered by Akshay Kumar’s glowing compliments

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Basking in the glory of the first look poster of Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad, Preetisheel Singh is now looking forward to the Ak­­shay Kumar-starrer Housefull 4.

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The No.1 National Award-winning character design specialist who has worked on the looks of some of the topline Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh, Sunny Deol, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Radhika Apte, Ayushman Khurana and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has shared a video on her Instagram, which has Akshay Kumar all praise for the makeup, hair and prosthetic designer.

“I’ve known her for long and she’s one of the most brilliant makeup persons I’ve come across. She’s very honest and sincere with her work,” Akshay is heard saying mostly in Punjabi in the video, with a flattered Preetisheel by his side.

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“The amazing part is that even her sister does makeup, her brother does makeup, her whole family is into makeup. You guys should see her at work. She’s a magician, I must say… she’s a magician,” he adds and wishes her a lot of luck.

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Apart from Housefull 4 and Dhaakad, Preetisheel’s work will also be seen in the Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore, 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-starrer Panga and Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays.

She is soon starting ‘Preetisheel School of Character Design’ at Versova, Mumbai.


Preetisheel Singh’s work for Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad poster garners praise

Last week has been a rocking one for Bollywood’s numero uno makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh. Starting with the poster release of her Southern sojourn Bigil starring South superstar Vijay in a double role, the National Award-winning makeover wiz set up her new office at Versova, replete with artistic murals adorning the walls of the entire building.

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While quietly working on Paresh Rawal’s look for the biopic on former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Preetisheel’s week also involved giving finishing touches to the looks of Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Rana Dagubatti, Pooja Hegde and veteran villain Ranjeet for Housefull 4, while simultaneously finalizing the interiors of her new office.


That’s not all! The week also saw her design the character look for Bhumi Pednekar, who is prepping for the shoot of Pati Patni Aur Woh; an adaptation of BR Chopra’s 1978 superhit with the same title.

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And just as she thought the jam-packed week was coming to an end, the first look poster of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Dhaakad hit the worldwide web. Yes, Preetisheel has worked on the looks of Kangana for the stunning poster which has been the talk of the town ever since Twitterati caught its first glimpse.


The grunge fiery look of Kangana in it, has been getting rave reviews all over. Talking about the film in an earlier interview, Kangana said, “Dhaakad is not only a benchmark film for my career but will be a turning point for Indian cinema as well.”


“The film is mounted on a large scale, and is one-of-a-kind female led action film. If it is received well, there will be no looking back for women in Indian cinema,” Kangana added about Dhaakad, which is being readied for a Diwali 2020 release.


Meanwhile, Preetisheel who has curated looks for highly successful films like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Housefull 3, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Mom, Thackeray, PM Narendra Modi, Bharat and Andhadhun, is currently busy with others like the Akshay Kumar-starrer Housefull 4, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga, Nawazuddin SiddiquiRadhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai, Bhansali Productions’ Tuesdays and Fridays, and Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore; for which she has designed multiple young and old-age looks for an ensemble lead cast.


Character designer Preetisheel Singh’s new office showcases fantasy with eye-catching murals

Once upon a time, Mumbai used to be famous for poster art and murals. Even today, we look at Mario Mirinda’s paintings at Cafe Mondegar in Colaba and gaze in delight. In recent times, the Mahatama Gandhi mural at Churchgate Station is also looked upon with awe. But from the last few years, not many have explored this art… at least, not in the suburbs.

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But that’s just changed this week, with National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh and her partner-husband Mark D’souza at their company Da Makeup Lab, having set up their new office in Versova with a huge floral mask mural on its two-storied building wall. It’s the biggest mural on the building, with a face emerging from a large, vivid and burlesque flower.

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Mark D’souza, business head of Da Makeup Lab explains, “At our company, what we do is transform an actor into a character. The murals depicts that. Here, the art is the flower, and the face is what emerges from this art.”


The ruling queen of prosthetics, Preetisheel Singh, who has designed the looks for Bollywood’s topline actors in films like Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Andhadhun, Mom, Mulk, 102 Not Out, Thackeray and many others, is about to begin ‘Preetisheel’s School of Character Design’ at this place soon. “We intend to let the calm of our surroundings in Versova inspire the imagination of our students when we roll with the school in September,” says Mark.

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Made by Delhi artist Amrai Dua, the murals are quite a sight for passerbys. So catchy are they, that they can give any eclectic Hollywood studio a run for its money. Apart from the humungous floral mask mural on the front, the second mural is of a fantasy-based devilish creature. The third has three masks, all emoting differently. A portion of the wall has a mural of Preetisheel doing what she knows best, transforming someone with a brush in her hand.


“Prosthetic is quite new to Bollywood. But we have got rave reviews for our work in the last few years. So our aim is to let filmmakers know that drastic transformation of characters are also possible in India. And the artworks are trying to convey that. One of the murals — the creature — is our way of telling people we can do world-class fantasy-based transformations, so the industry should start thinking about it,” says Mark.


Preetisheel Singh designs dual looks for South superstar Vijay

After recently designing mother and daughter looks for Madhuri Dixit for an advertisement, National Award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, has now designed dual looks for Southern superstar Vijay for his upcoming Tamil flick Bigil.

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Preetisheel, who also received rave reviews recently for curating the looks for Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out, Ayushman Khurrana in Andhadhun and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Thackeray, is excited as the first look poster of Bigil is out.

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She has good reason to be. Because Vijay’s look in the film is unlike anything he has done before. The Southern hearththrob will be seen in two different avatars of father and son in the film directed by Atlee and having music by AR Rahman.

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“Hours of study have gone into building the character designs,” says Preetisheel. “We didn’t want to lose the authenticity of the character or miss out on the aura projected by the legendary Vijay. Keeping this in mind, for the father’s role, we added wrinkles around his laugh lines and on his forehead, using special-effects make-up. Along with that, we gave him salt ‘n pepper hair which gave a classier touch.”

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For his son’s character, Vijay was given “the trendy look that footballers of the current generation carry,” informs Preetisheel. She mentions that the superstar is a pleasure to work with. “Very humble and down-to-earth, Vijay not only showers trust, but patiently allows the team to work without interference. Both the actor and director put full faith in our vision and art, and that has immensely helped,” she concludes.

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Apart from Bigil, Preetisheel is looking forward to many films, including the Akshay Kumar-starrer Housefull 4, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga, Nawazuddin SiddiquiRadhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai and Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore; for which she has designed multiple young and old-age looks for an ensemble lead cast.


Preetisheel Singh transforms Madhuri Dixit for double role of mother and daughter

Madhuri Dixit's double role transformation as mother and daughter (Image courtesy - Aquaguard)

Powerhouse performer Madhuri Dixit has experimented with loads of looks and characters in her movies. But what she has recently done for a commercial, seems to have outdone many-a-looks she has been seen in earlier.

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Madhuri has played a double role in a new advertisement for Aquaguard water purifier, where she essays the characters of both, mother and daughter. That’s not the only highlight of it. What Madhuri stuns with, is the aged getup. The finesse with which it is curated, and the effortlessness and versatility with which Madhuri has carried it out, is seen to be believed.

The double role transformation for the diva has been executed by none other than India’s most popular look designer, Preetisheel Singh. Yes, the same makeup, hair and prosthetic expert, who has given us the stunning looks of many-an-artist in movies such as Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Mom, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Thackeray and Andhadhun. As for this one — it just raises the bar.

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For the record, Madhuri had earlier received accolades for playing mother and daughter with excellence in the 1992 K.Vishwanath film Sangeet, as well as the 1993 Mehul Kumar film Aasoo Bane Angaarey.

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This is an example of a recent Press Release for one of our PR clients Aneesha Madhok. As seen, it has been placed on different websites with photographs.


Delhi girl Aneesha Madhok cast as main lead in Hollywood film Bully High

Actress and comedian Aneesha Madhok, known for the play Aliza-Free, will soon be making her Hollywood debut in Bill McAdams, Jr.’s coming-of-age feature film Bully High as the main lead. The story revolves around a Muslim girl who gets bullied in an American high school, but learns to stand up for herself and defeat violence with love.

Born in Kenya, Aneesha has lived in New Delhi. “I felt, I could express myself better on stage than in ordinary life,” she quips. No wonder she took to dancing at the age of three and began winning school plays and dance competitions.

At seventeen, Aneesha’s grittiness compelled her to secretly write her play Aliza-Free, while her parents thought she was doing her summer holiday homework. She managed to stage the play in Delhi with a cast of 16 actors. Being a sensitized dance drama, aimed to create awareness about the lives of visually impaired people, Aliza-Free received critical acclaim. And this made Aneesha more determined about her career path.

Moving to Los Angeles to pursue her education in theatre and screenwriting at University of Southern California (USC), Aneesha became the president of the USC stand-up comedy club. She began doing stand-up comedy shows all around LA. On her summer vacation to India, the spunky gal became a finalist on Queens of Comedy 2017.

While studying at USC, Aneesha wrote and starred in a short film The Dancer Girl, which was inspired by her life. It won best drama short at Calcutta International Film Festival, Universe Multicultural Film Festival, best student short at Los Angeles Independent Filmmakers Showcase, and was the official selection at Feminist Media Film Festival.

Graduating from USC, she played the lead in Christopher Vened’s play Infidel, where was spotted by director Bill McAdams, Jr. (of Gallows Road fame) and cast as the main lead in Bully High.

“Aneesha dives into her role with crafty finesse, falling deep into the heart and soul of her character, Maryam. She makes me laugh and she makes me cry… her passion for acting truly shines. I can’t wait to release her to the world,” notes McAdams, Jr. That makes it even more interesting to wait and watch if Aneesha can hit a high note with Bully High.

Alex Reece to play a British spy in Sarabha – Cry for Freedom

Alex Reece, who played the main villain in the Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Sajjan Singh Rangroot, will play the bura gora once again in Indian born British director Kavi Raz’s historical drama Sarabha – Cry for Freedom.

Being made in Hindi, Punjabi and English, the movie will be based on the life of an important but yet unknown personality Kartar Singh Sarabha from the history of Punjab. Starring Japtej Singh and Mukul Dev in lead roles, the movie will depict the emerging of the Ghadar movement in America and its relation to the beginning of independence movement in India.

Alex, who will be seen playing a Hindi speaking British Intelligence officer named Hopkinson, says it’s early to divulge more about his character. But this is not the first time Alex has a spy connection to his role. The British actor who has worked in Hollywood flicks, is also known for his appearance in a mega-budget James Bond commercial starring Daniel Craig.

“We just had a very exciting schedule in Canada and I’m super excited to be part of Sarabha,” says Alex. He is learning Hindi from some time now. “There is so much culture and history embedded in the language, that if an actor wants to be able to contribute and integrate his performance into Indian cinema, I think learning the language is a necessity.”

“Learning Hindi not only helps me communicate, but emote with a better understanding,” he adds. Must say, this is one foreign actor who seems to love India so much that he is prepared to take uncalculated risks and even learn a new language. Impressive indeed.

Dakshata Patel shines for her sincerity in Tennis Buddies

With sparkling eyes, a radiant smile and being a champion in tennis, 19-year-old Dakshata Patel recently made a sincere debut in the film Tennis Buddies. Receiving praise from many, Dakshata now wishes to turn a new page in her career.

“It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for me. And I am so grateful to my parents, the makers and so many who supported me during the making of the film. The encouragement and appreciation I have received throughout and continue to receive, fills my heart,” says the young sportstar-cum-actress.

The level- headed an grounded newbie got started at tennis at the iconic Rama Rao’s academy Practennis at Andheri and then honed her skills to perfection under the eagle eyes of Praja and Srinivas Kola at Leo Tennis Academy.

Among the top five players of Mumbai, Dakshata ranked 30th in women’s tennis category in India. She was the lead player of the Mumbai University team which won the Inter University trophy, and was instrumental in winning the team a trophy for Maharashtra during this year’s Inter State Women’s Tournament.

Ask her what the future holds for her and Dakshata is quick to say that “I have got so much in life at such an early age that my confidence has shot up. Now I want to look at things which take me to a higher ground and help me grow from where I’ve reached.” Here’s wishing this upcoming and dynamic girl all the best.