Filmy Sansaar : Recently, Rishi Kapoor even praised you in the media for executing his look of a devout Muslim in Mulk.
Preetisheel Singh : Oh, what can I say, but Thank you Rishi Sir. If he is complimenting, then I sure must’ve done something right. It’s really thrilling to be praised by him. Rishi Sir is a gem of a person to work with. Me and my team have had the pleasure to work with him on two films back-to-back and I look forward to keep transforming his looks in the coming future (winks).
Filmy Sansaar : Compared to Hollywood flicks, do you think Indian films are finally coming of age regarding make-up and prosthetics? Or are we still far behind?
Preetisheel Singh : We have taken strong strides in recent times. People are more aware of prosthetics, but we have a long way to go.
Filmy Sansaar : Do you use Indian raw material? Or do you have to rely on foreign products to get the desired effects? Is shortage of quality raw stock the only reason you have set up India’s first make-up and prosthetics lab called Da Makeup Lab? Or is there some higher goal and bigger purpose or vision in mind?
Preetisheel Singh : To be honest, Da Makeup Lab was born out of necessity and now its growing fast with an aim to set higher standards of make-up and prosthetics for our movies. See, there isn’t a proper special-effects material supply shop here. So much so, that it seems our technicians never realized that this could also be a great business opportunity too. Since I can’t compromise on quality, I do end up getting 80 percent of my material from abroad. But it would really be a boon if we begin creating and manufacturing our own raw material for make-up and prosthetics. That would make a huge difference to the look and feel of our films.
Filmy Sansaar : In the past, Indian films have often portrayed ghosts in quite a tacky manner. But you changed that with your recent film House Next Door. Can you tell us a bit more about what has gone into the ghosts you designed for the movie?
Preetisheel Singh : For The House Next Door, it is the first time that we are showing ghosts which don’t look artificial. A lot of work has gone into creating looks that are extremely believable, yet convincing for the supernatural genre. Film is a medium of expression and good storytelling. And if I don’t do justice to the looks of the characters, it would be really unfair. Eventually, I would want Hollywood to be looking at an Indian film and be baffled by the professionalism in the make-up designs executed by us. That would be an achievement.
Saajan Verma “Sanjay” is a Founder of FilmySansaar.com. He has worked for many producers and directors in Indian Film Industry. He is a good Hindi writer and his interest towards film industry has leaded to startFilmySansaar.com. Sanjay is a cool guy from small town landed at Mumbai and working in various fields in Bollywood. He has good knowledge in all the sections on film making, graphic designing and media production.
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