Samarpan Singh looks more like KGF’s Rocky than Kabir Singh, says media

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.

Pranali Sanghmitra Bhagwat shines with Ek Number Super

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.

Samarpan Singh-starrer LuvDown has a déjà vu moment with Netflix’s The Bubble

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.

Newbie Pranali Sanghmitra Bhagwat to debut with Ek Number Super

Come April and a new talent is set to shine in the entertainment industry — actress Pranali Sanghmitra Bhagwat. The spunky gal makes her debut as one of the main leads in the awaited multi-starcast Marathi movie Ek Number Super.

A very focused and determined person, Pranali has been into acting and dance ever since her childhood. Completing her Bachelors in Engineering (Information Technology) from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, she moved to Mumbai to pursue her dream. Starting out with multiple auditions, Pranali did around 30 advertisements, a web series, a mythological television series and several short films including Abhisarika, before bagging the feature film Ek Number Super.

Pranali plays a goofy and mischievous, yet bold and bindaas character of Meena in the movie. “It’s the role of a light-hearted fun girl. But in a unique way, the film conveys a message about respecting women and not objectifying them,” she informs.

Directed by Milind Zumber Kavde, Ek Number Super is a mystery-comedy revolving around a group of friends on a vacation. It is also the first time that a film with this genre is been made in the history of Marathi cinema. So how different is Pranali’s character from her real life persona?

“I’m progressive, but not boastful and breezy as the character of Meena,” she says with a smile. “Both Meena and I have liberal values essentially. But I’m much more introspective. While I’m spontaneous and adventurous, I seek meaning in everything I do. In that sense, I am quite different from Meena,” she comments.

Pranali has loved to act and dance since childhood. In fact, her family recalls that she 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. She then moved to advertisements and acting assignments. Now that’s quite a journey in such a short span. Truly ‘super’, isn’t it?

Pranali credits her parents and especially her mother, for recognising her singing and dancing skills and encouraging her since childhood. “My parents have always been very progressive and their support and encouragement has meant a world to me,” remarks Pranali. “My grit, focus, determination, spirit of survival and constant growth in life comes from them,” she adds.

As Pranali embarks upon her new journey as a lead actress from this week, it’s a model leap for achievers like her who have a single-minded approach to their careers and pursue dreams with never-ending passion. Kudos.

Mrs India Namrata Tolia Shah honing her acting and dancing skills for Bollywood

The ultimate mark of a great artist is versatility. And going by that parameter, newbie Namrata Tolia Shah stands a high chance of hitting the mark.

After winning the Mrs India title recently, Namrata has expressed her keenness to enter Bollywood, following the footsteps of beauty pageant title holders like Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Neha Dhupia, Manushi Chhillar and others.

Meanwhile, the news media has already termed her “a complete package rolled in one.” This is because of her being multi-talented. Apart from her love for acting and dancing, Namrata is a management professional who also dabbles in adventure sports.

She is a research scholar, a vivid traveller and a strong believer in social causes and humanitarian service. She is vocal about women empowerment and comes across as a highly optimistic and motivated person.

In fact, it was this versatility which impressed the judges of the Mrs India beauty pageant. So enamoured were they with Namrata’s varied talents, that they praised her for her charisma, character, confidence, beauty, wit, wisdom, grace and poise. So now you know why the media is writing about her as “a complete talent package rolled in one.”

From the last few weeks, Namrata has stepped up her training in dance and acting. She has been working on her fitness regimen, voice modulation, expressiveness, diet and diction. Time will tell if this multi-talented charmer can work her magic with Bollywood next.

Samarpan Singh continues to pique interest with love v/s lockdown web series LuvDown

When debutant actor Samarpan Singh made a mark with his performance of the quirky lead character of Bunny in the love v/s lockdown web series LuvDown, many were busy dealing with the nitty-gritties of the harsh situations of the pandemic. But as the junta and acting fraternity settles in normality, Samarpan’s cool dude presence and acting abilities have again come to the fore.

The LuvDown series, watched with appreciation and anxiety by viewers during its initial run on Disney+ Hotstar, is now getting a fresh lease on YouTube, with viewers able to sit back and enjoy the sarcastic humour of the rom-com with a nostalgic smile.

Samarpan says he is grateful for the renewed attention he and the series is getting. “It’s been an overwhelming experience,” remarks the actor. “First, we had to face untested challenges by shooting the series in the times of the pandemic, when everyone was scared and skeptical. And now, with a fresh round of enthusiasm about it, it feels surreal. I never thought I’d get such attention with just one project,” he adds.

Featuring Samarpan Singh with Amrit Kaur Dhillon as his love interest, LuvDown has seven episodes written and directed by Sritama Dutta. They are produced by Onkarjit Singh, Gurjit Singh and Aditya Bharadwaj, and presented by Y Star Cine & Television Pvt Ltd.

LuvDown revolves around the relationship of a long-distance couple who has lived apart for eight months, but suddenly finds itself under the same roof due to the lockdown. The story starts with the bubbly Jaan (Amrit Kaur) visiting Punjab for work in early March 2020. Unknown to the pandemic outbreak that would follow, Bunny (Samarpan) calls over Jaan to spend their long-due quality time. But just as they engage in some happy times, the Prime Minister announces a 21-day lockdown! Now, what seemed like a bed of roses to the couple, suddenly has the potential trappings of a nightmare.

After the success of the series, Samarpan is looking forward to more acting assignments. The actor has been signed up for a Hindi film as well as a music video to hit the market soon. It would be interesting to watch where the tide takes this new talent on the block.

Da Makeup Lab expands workspace with additional studio

Da Makeup Lab (DML), India’s number one makeup and prosthetic design studio, is in an expansion mode. Located in the posh Versova locality of Mumbai, it has fast emerged as the leading outfit for makeup and prosthetic requirements in the entertainment industry.

The premier state-of-the-art studio has opened a new workspace to incorporate more projects. Apart from its main facility, a workforce of around 25 skilled workers have begun lending their talent at the new facility in Versova itself, to create some of the amazing looks produced by the lab.

The rising

Led by makeup and prosthetic character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza along with her work and life partner Mark D’souza, DML has curated looks for some of the biggest movies in Bollywood.

It’s profile includes names such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Housefull 4, Mom, Bala, Chhichhore, Bunty Aur Babli 2, the Southern megahit Master and the recent blockbuster Pushpa: The Rise. The lab has also curated looks for various advertisements featuring names such as Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor.

Creative genius

Preetisheel Singh D’souza has won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’ for the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir. She has been featured by international media among the top 5 makeup and prosthetic designers in the world, along with Hollywood stalwarts such as Kazu Hiro, Christian Tinsley, Jordu Schell and Neill Gorton.

Her creative genius in the field has worked like a Midas Touch for many a movies, some of them emerging as the biggest box-office blockbusters of recent times.

Force behind the workforce

The company’s co-director Mark D’souza has a degree in Design Studies from the prestigious Griffith University in Australia. Earlier, he dabbled in VFX and animation. While his wife Preetisheel handles the talent and artistic departments of the studio, he handles the business and is the backbone of the company.

Mark’s guidance and expertise has helped DML witness tremendous growth in clients and has led the transformation from its initial days, to the full-fledged state-of-the-art makeup and prosthetics company today.

The future is here

The coming year will also see Da Makeup Lab launching a school for select students of the art. And as if all this isn’t enough, DML has various new projects lined up for release in the coming months. The firm has handled the makeup and prosthetics for top artistes in upcoming films like Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bachchhan Paandey, Ram Setu, OMG 2 and more.

Mrs India Namrata Tolia Shah open to Bollywood

A complete talent package rolled in one!

When a beauty pageant title holder enters Bollywood, the hype and expectations are tremendous. But that hasn’t stopped Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Neha Dhupia or Manushi Chillar from entering the entertainment industry. So why should it stop Namrata!

Namrata Tolia Shah is the latest newbie to look towards Bollywood. A few weeks ago, the 5.6 inch tall lady won the Mrs India 2021 beauty pageant organized by Skywalk Productions and managed to impress the judges so much that they liberally praised her for her charisma, character, confidence, beauty, wit, wisdom, grace and poise. It was as if she was a complete talent package rolled in one!

A management professional, a business administration research scholar and a vivid international traveller, Namrata loves dancing, acting and even adventure sports. The smart and cheerful gal is also quite vocal about women empowerment and strongly believes in social causes and humanitarian service.

Namrata is from Mumbai and after the Mrs India win, inspite of so many people asking her if she would get into acting, she seemed to be taking her time. “Bollywood would be time-consuming and will take a lot of focus and devotion, but I think I am open to giving it a shot,” she admits with a smile.

It’s been quite a journey for Namrata already. “It wouldn’t have been possible without my mother who has been my constant pillar of encouragement and support,” quips the Mrs India. She credits her mother Dr. Aarti Tolia not only for standing by her, but for being her guide and biggest critic too.

Right now, Namrata is keeping herself busy with a lot of appearances coming her way after the Mrs India win. Sometime ago, she was felicitated by the Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai, as she inaugurated their cricket ‘Twenty-20 Season 1’. More recently, she was the chief guest and main judge at Incredible NAARI program specially organized in honour of her Mrs India win by the High Commission of India in Tanzania.

Since Namrata has optimistic personality, she takes life head on and in a very positive way. “I don’t know where my life will ultimately take me, but I aim to achieve the world!,” she remarks. Attagirl! That’s the right attitude!

Namrata Tolia Shah wins Mrs India 2021 beauty pageant

Don’t be surprised if Bollywood gets a new stunning face soon. It was a proud moment for Namrata Tolia Shah when she grabbed the spotlight and won the crown at the Mrs India 2021 beauty pageant, organised by Skywalk Productions recently.

An optimistic bubbly person and a management professional, the 5.6 inch tall beauty impressed the judges and the audience alike, to win the title by her witty answers in her question-answer round. Namrata also turned out to be the only Mumbaikar to reach the final round of the pageant.

Impressing the judges in the introduction round with her confidence and grace, she was praised in the audition round for her beauty and wisdom. Namrata also presented a self-choreographed dance of the popular Hindi song, “O Saki Saki” in the talent round and received praises for her portrayal.

And here’s a bit of trivia. A fellow contestant in her late 40s was so mesmerised by Namrata that she walked up to her during rehearsals and started singing a Hindi movie song praising her beauty. During the training sessions this contestant had admitted that she could not take her eyes off Namrata. She said, “I have never sang a song for anybody, not even for my husband. But here, I dedicate a song to your beauty.” And then, she sang the popular song, “Tere chehre se nazar nahin hatati.”

At the Mrs India pageant, Namrata also topped the fitness session in the trial tenure, where all the contestants were supposed to perform non-stop exercises and Zumba.

“The pageant’s preparation was no cakewalk,” says the winner. “I had to take care and manage my weight and food habits, while concentrating on fitness to skin to hair routines. Simultaneously, I needed to be aware of all the global news and updates and also devote time to my family. But ultimately, the multi-tasking was worth it all,” she sighs.

After her Mrs India win, fellow contestants came together to congratulate her. Many claimed they had guessed from the start that Namrata would emerge the winner because of her charisma, character, grace and poise.

Sometime ago, the new Mrs India was felicitated by the Goregaon Sports Club with a bouquet and trophy, while she opened their cricket ‘Twenty-20 Season 1’. At the event, Namrata spoke eloquently about women empowerment and noted how she strongly believes in social causes and humanitarian service.

Preetisheel’s character designs thrill as Pushpa trailer roars

The trailer of Allu Arjun’s much-awaited action thriller Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 was released recently, leaving netizens awestruck. From action-packed sequences, to an engaging story around red sandalwood smuggling; everything in the trailer promises an exciting watch for movie buffs.

Amid all the buzz, one thing which caught everyone’s attention was the look transformations of the actors. Whether it’s the intense and vintage look of Arjun, who plays a truck driver involved in smuggling, the feisty damsel Rashmika Mandanna, or the bald getup of Fahadh Faasil, who plays the prime antagonist donning a moustache — it all seems to be very much convincing.

The makeover specialist behind all these transformations, Preetisheel Singh D’souza is filled with gratitude for all the love her work is receiving. “It’s always a pleasure to hear appreciating words about your work, more so, when it comes from fans of a superstar like Allu Arjun, who always have very high expectations,” she said. “Each look has a story to tell and we feel fortunate to be a part of this process of designing interesting characters,” Preetisheel added.

A few days ago, the makeup and prosthetic character designer also took to Instagram to share Pushpa’s poster with a caption that read, “A character’s journey starts when his look for the film is locked! In the movie-making business, both the hero and the villain compliment each other, and none is effective without the other. Our aim is to do justice to both, bringing out their good, bad and ugly sides, with elan. Sharing this poster of #Pushpa, wherein we had the pleasure of creating these two unique characters!”

Helmed by director Sukumar and produced by Mythri Movie Makers, the film will release on December 17.

For the record, Preetisheel is a National Award recipient and has handled the makeup and prosthetics for blockbusters like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Housefull 4, Haider, Rangoon, Mom, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Bala and Chhichhore. She recently made headlines for the transformative looks of all the lead characters in Bunty Aur Babli 2, as well as the looks of Divya Agarwal in the web series Cartel.

Her studio Da Makeup Lab, which she runs with her partner-husband Mark D’souza, has emerged as the number one outfit for makeup and prosthetic requirements in the entertainment industry.

Preetisheel is now gearing up for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiwadi and Akshay Kumar starrers like Bachchan Pandey, OMG 2 and Ram Setu.

Bollywood stunner Deana Dia mesmerizes netizens with Punjabi video Gal Karle

The attractive dusky beauty Deana Dia, who is all set to make a mark in Bollywood, has come out impressing one and all with a new Punjabi music video ‘Gal Karle’.

The melodious love track is sure to make any music lover play it on loop while the video takes them to the picturesque locations of Jaipur, where Bigg Boss 14 fame Nishant Malkhani is seen romancing Dia.

Deana looks drop-dead gorgeous throughout, so much so, that you won’t be able to take your eyes off her. Also the sizzling chemistry between the two, which is probably the most captivating part of the song, will make anyone fall in love.

Sung by the very talented Dev Negi and Neha Karode, the song has become a love anthem within no time. Superbly directed by Aman Prajapat and team, the video is released by Virtual Planet Music and has so far garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube alone.

Its foot-tapping music has been composed by star composers Anamik Chauhan and Asif Iqbal, while Manzar Baliyavi and Geetsagar have done a fabulous job in penning down some attention-grabbing lyrics.

Overwhelmed with the tremendous success of her video, Deana Dia says, “I anticipated it to be a hit, considering the amount of hard work we put in, but no one in the team was expecting this amount of appreciation from the audience. Their love has left us spellbound.”

For the fashionista-turned-actor, it was one of those opportunities that allowed her to have immense fun while working with the best of artistes. “I believe, working with people who are passionate about their job but also know how to enjoy every bit of it, is a real blessing. My experience of working on ‘Gal Karle’ was one such kind. From Nishant (Malkhani) to our director Aman Prajapat, everyone made me feel super comfortable. We discussed work, shared our ideas for improvement and had a lot of fun on the side,” shares Dia, who was last seen in the music video ‘Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra’ along with TV star Karan Kundrra.

Produced by Pravin Patel under the banner PM Films and Production, the song is available on all music platforms including Spotify, Gaana and Hungama Music.

As for Dia, she is busy carving a niche for herself in this super-competitive industry. She is gearing up for her big Bollywood break as well as several other projects, for which the official announcement is yet to be made.

Preetisheel looking forward to Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bachchan Pandey and Pushpa: The Rise

When it comes to makeup and prosthetics in Bollywood, she has been the undisputed leader from many years. Having won the National Award for best makeup and prosthetics, character designer Preetisheel Singh D’souza has handled challenging look transformations for many movies such as Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, 102 Not Out, Housefull 4, Mom and Chhichhore.

Her studio Da Makeup Lab, which she runs with her partner-husband Mark D’souza, has emerged the number one outfit for makeup and prosthetic requirements in the entertainment industry.

In spite of the pandemic, Preetisheel had managed to give us some of her best work in the last two years. While Vijay-starrer Master broke major Southern box-office records, the various looks she designed for Divya Agarwal for the web series Cartel won her rave reviews.

Her work for the varied looks of Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh in Bunty Aur Babli 2 have been the talk of the town.

Apart from this, Chhichhore, which had won our hearts with the young and old looks created by Preetisheel, has bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film.

But that’s not all! Preetisheel also gathered praise designing transformational looks for Ranbir Kapoor in advertisements, for Southern superstar Nagarjuna for his movie Wild Dog, as well as for a stunning promo with him of the Telugu Bigg Boss.

And as if all this is not enough, the makeover specialist will showcase her talent once again with three new movies soon — Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bachchan Pandey and Pushpa: The Rise (Part 1). There is no stopping this lady. Her accomplishments are like a never-ending marathon.