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 Aaryan–Bhumi 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:
Video profile on The Quint:
Video profile on ChetChat:
Chhichhore — behind the scenes:
Akshay Kumar compliments Preetisheel:
Madhuri Dixit’s Aquaguard Advt:
102 Not Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrks9Zu0f1w
Bajirao Mastani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHOc-4D7MjY
Housefull 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHH34cEl3Y
Nanak Shah Fakir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6F9NG2UWo
Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHjC8VdzCM