Feb 022018

With ‘Padmaavat’ garnering tremendous acclaim from all quarters and being a roaring success at the box office, National award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh is ecstatic

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Preetisheel Singh working on Ranveer Singh’s ‘Padmaavat’ look

National award-winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh was so perturbed by all the controversies and protests surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’, she chose not to say anything about her work for it till its release. “It broke my heart witnessing all the turmoil the film was going through. So I had decided, I will only speak about it when the labour of love met success,” remarks Preetisheel who designed the looks for all the top artists including Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

“I cannot even imagine how Bhansali Sir would have coped up with the storm. My admiration for him has increased manifold,” she adds.

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Ranveer Singh was lauded for his role as Alauddin Khilji in ‘Padmaavat’ and Preetisheel Singh’s styling certainly helped

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(Clockwise from left) Ranveer Singh’s transformation as Alauddin Khilji

The best in her business, Preetisheel knows her job inside-out, but admits that her work for ‘Padmaavat’ was extremely challenging. “When working with Bhansali Sir, one has to be ready to always put in that extra bit as he has such a keen eye for aesthetics and detail. I read the script and understood the characters — how they dealt with people. I visualised the environment they would have grown up in, their likes and dislikes, their personality etcetera,” she explains.

“There’s a lot of study that went into getting under the skin of every character. Post this, I went through my look-references and finally came up with something that would equally excite the director and the actors. I was thrilled when Bhansali Sir finalised the looks.”

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With the movie garnering tremendous acclaim from all quarters and being a roaring success at the box office, Preetisheel is “super happy and relieved that everyone’s efforts have finally borne fruit.”

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Preetisheel Singh styling Shahid Kapoor for ‘Padmaavat’

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Shahid Kapoor essayed Maharawal Ratan Singh in ‘Padmaavat’

It can be noted here that she has also received accolades earlier for her work with actors in more than a dozen films including ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Rangoon’, ‘Brothers’, ‘Mom’, ‘Haider’, ‘Parched’, ‘Hawaizaada’, ‘Shivaay’, ‘Talwar’, ‘Housefull 3’, ‘Ghayal Once Again’, ‘Finding Fanny’, the Tamil film ’24’ as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ for which she won the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’.

Coming up next are movies like the Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor starrer ‘102 Not Out’, Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Bhavesh Joshi’, Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol’s debut film ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ and the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer ‘Thackeray’ to name a few.

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Oct 252017

The first song of ‘Padmavati’, ‘Ghoomar’ is out and it is full of grandiose. The song is set in a royal palace, where ‘Padmavati’ is performing the traditional folk dance of Rajasthan along with several other women. Shahid Kapoor, looks royal as Maharawal Ratan Singh, but is is Deepika who is winning hearts. Deepika looks ethereal as ‘Rani Padmavati’ and has mastered the ‘Ghoomar’ dance to the t.  Sanjay Leela Bhansali has paid attention to even minute details, ‘Ghoomar’ showcases the grandeur and exquisite culture of the ‘Rajputs’.

ALSO READ: ‘Padmavati’ Trailer Sets Record For Highest Number Of Views In 24 Hours

Deepika, is wearing the traditional ghaghra choli and is seen twirling several times in the dance sequence. ‘Ghoomar’ is considered one of the most difficult dance forms to master, knowing how the twirling and the footwork has to be in sync. But, Deepika has pulled off the dance with a lot of poise, elan and grace. The song has been sung by Shreya Ghoshal, who has added an angelic and earthy feel to it. 

Deepika Padukone has tweeted how ‘Ghoomar’ was the most difficult, yet fulfilling song sequences she performed in her career. 

The Ghoomar Song has to be one of the most difficult yet most fulfilling song sequences i have ever shot for! #GhoomarToday@FilmPadmavati

— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 25, 2017

For those who don’t know, ‘Ghoomar’ is the traditional folk dance and a part of the heritage of Rajasthan. Just like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ showed Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in a ‘laavni’ face-off ‘Pinga’, ‘Padmavati’ will have ‘Ghoomar’ as their traditional dance sequence. 

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A traditional dance form of Rajput women, the routine involves twirling in circles, leaving the onlookers enchanted and mesmerized by the beautiful dance performance. An extremely difficult performance art that takes years to learn, Deepika had to pick up the steps within a matter of days. With myriad of gracefulness and a royal poise, the song was shot keeping true to the traditional Rajputana folk dance form.

Sources reveal that Deepika did over 66 twirls while shooting for the song. Adding to the difficult dance form that includes twists and twirls, Deepika had to do the dance in an extravagant costume and adorned in heavy jewelry, which is a feat in itself.

Commenting on Ghoomar, Deepika said, “The Ghoomar Song has been one of the most difficult song sequences that Sanjay Sir and I have shot for. His vision can be seen in the grandiose of the set and the immense hard work we’ve all put into making it. I had started preparing for this film and character for several months before we actually started filming. But it was for The Ghoomar Song that I walked onto set as ‘Padmavati’ for the very first time. The shooting of Padmavati began with ‘The Ghoomar Song’ and I will never forget that day. I remember approaching my mark for the first shot and suddenly I felt a chill run through my body. It was almost as if Padmavati‘s soul had entered my body. That feeling still lingers and will continue for years to come”.

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Oct 052017

ranveerJust when you thought Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor did complete justice to their looks as Rani Padmavati and Maharawal Ratan Singh respectively, you have Ranveer Singh leaving you awestruck with his Alauddin Khilji avatar. Ranveer’s much-awaited look as Khilji for ‘Padmavati’ is finally out and it’s everything the audience was expecting and much more. Two posters have been released to introduce the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji. With the battle scar on the face coupled with the densely-kohled malevolent eyes and long mane- Ranveer looks every bit the antagonistic Alauddin Khilji that he is to portray in the film. ‘Padmavati’, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is slated to release on December 1, 2017.

Oct 032017

If you ever felt that you are falling short of reasons to look forward to the remaining months of 2017, Bollywood has sorted things out for you with a ‘killer’ line-up of movies. And the torch-bearer of these awesome releases is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’. Even before its release, the movie has been turning several heads and how. First, it was the controversy around the movie’s plot and the film sets being vandalized, and then things took a lighter turn when we saw how striking Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor will look in the movie as goddess queen Rani Padmini, and fierce and undefeated Maharawal Ratan Singh. We are already gasping for air after looking at the two. 

Ranveer Singh Looks Killer As Sultan Alauddin Khilji In ‘Padmavati'© Viacom18 Motion Pictures

While, the two looked stunning in their respective characters, we were still waiting for another shocker to hit us real hard and that was Ranveer Singh aka Sultan Allaudin Khilji’s look. With kohl eyes and a cold deadly stare, long tresses and a scar on his face; Ranveer Singh looks like a badass, making it harder to wait for the release. 


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Bhansali is known for his larger than life movies, which are filled with grandeur and opulence and this magnum-opus promises to tick all those boxes as well. Ranveer Singh will play the role of a cruel and ruthless antagonist who gets mesmerized by the beauty of Rani Padmavati. Well, when you have Deepika Padukone as the lead, it’s really difficult for anyone to not fall for her charm. 


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Ranveer’s new look has created quite a stir on Twitter, with people having differing thoughts about the character. However, there are some smartasses who are still not over ‘Game of Thrones’ and found some similarity between Ranveer Singh and Khal Drogo.  

🤔🤔🤔#Khilji pic.twitter.com/bvZSm1PZ8A

— The Mad Engineer (@Navneet_22) 3 October 2017

#Khilji was a honourable TURKISH Sultan who fight against Moghul invasion in India. Wtf? u portrait him so mean and ugly. Very #DISSAPOINTED

— Deva ‘O’ndadır 🇹🇷 (@EmineDemir_) 3 October 2017

Am i the only one who thinks @RanveerOfficial looks more like #Khaldrogo than #Khilji #Padmavati #KhiljiIsComing #RanveerSingh

— Being Weird (@WildChildVini) 3 October 2017

That moment when you Couldn’t decide whether to get terrified or fall for that charm.@RanveerOfficial #Khilji https://t.co/pa2TaWEhe0

— Lu©i£€® (@goswamiparth1) 3 October 2017

Dedication level of dis actor is damn tooo high… absolutely killing it #Khilji  @RanveerOfficial  #Padmavati #AllaudinKhilji ðŸ˜? pic.twitter.com/xUjDntsOpq

— Aditi harris (@Aditi_harris) 3 October 2017

#Khilji if you want to create a historical character: do research on it nah just fill eyes with Kohl. Bollywood logic, working since Rabta 😶

— GunJan tripathi (@gungun005) 3 October 2017

Who did it better? 😂#Khilji vs #SharmajiKaBeta pic.twitter.com/AQrEGh8rUD

— Yogi (@UdtaLiberal) 3 October 2017

Ranveer has really worked hard for this role and the first look hints at how difficult his character is going to be. In fact, Ranveer got so engrossed into the character that he is reportedly consulting a psychiatrist to come out of this evil phase. This period drama ‘Padmavati’ is expected to release in December and is definitely going to be a game changer for Bollywood.

Sep 292017

When it comes to engaging with fans, Shahid Kapoor is one of the few actors who is always updating his fans with his upcoming films, projects. He also gives a sneak-peak into his life. As the actor himself says, he is definitely a changed person after marrying Mira Rajput, and his tiny doll Misha has just added the beauty of the couple’s life. He is very well balancing out his personal and professional life like a pro.

His look as Maharawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ has broken the Internet. The fans are going crazy with his appearance and the costume of the historical character of Maharawal Ratan Singh. Knowing to be always thankful to his fans, the humbled actor hosted a live Facebook chat with his fan club from his Juhu residence, along with wife Mira. Here are some of the cute conversations. During the candid interaction, Shahid spoke about how he is so loyal towards his wife Mira Rajput, “I don’t lie to my wife”.

READ MORE: A ‘Stunned’ Shahid Kapoor Unable To Get Over Wife Mira Rajput’s Beauty!

The actor is visibly head over heels for wife Mira and wants to impress her with his ‘Padmavati’ character. This is what Shahid said, “Apart from the audience and Bhansali I have to convince Mira that I can pull of a Rajput king – Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.” The Rajput connection, it seems! Shahid spoke to his fans about Mira saying, “She was shocked to know how much you guys are aware of.” Interestingly, Shahid is seen asking Mira to join him during the chat. Mira, after waving cutely, joined her hubby for the chat. She said, “Hi Shanatics (Shahid fans), I don’t have to be introduced to them. They have such an overwhelming presence on social media. I think you love him more than I do (and the cute expression Shahid gives to Mira, will want you to fall in love)” Later, Mira shared Navratri wishes with Shahid’s fans. There’s a reason we are calling the conversation cute. Watch it for yourself to believe.

SEE PHOTOS: Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput’s Day Out With Daughter Misha

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Sep 242017

There are certain movies which gain attention after their release, while there are some that enjoy an unparalleled attention even during the nascent stages of its making, thanks to the innumerable controversies attached to it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming project ‘Padmavati’ fall in the latter category, after we saw the film’s sets being vandalized and posters and banners being burnt in retaliation against the movie. However, all these controversies couldn’t deter Bhansali from moving ahead with his magnum-opus period drama and despite several delays and protests, we finally got to see the first look of goddess queen Rani Padmini.   

Check Out Shahid Kapoor's First Look From ‘Padmavati'© Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

While we were still dumbfounded over Deepika’s regal look and the beauty she is, Bhansali dropped another bomb on us, which will take really long to recuperate from. Hold your breath guys, as Maharawal Ratan Singh aka Shahid Kapoor’s look from the movie is here. Yes, the first look was released today and the ‘Udta Punjab’ actor is looking every bit fierce and dangerously handsome as the King of Chittor and Rani Padmini’s husband.  

#MaharawalRatanSingh #Padmavati @FilmPadmavati pic.twitter.com/1FZv58z8IP

— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) 25 September 2017

With a heavy beard, bloodstained torn clothes and the scar on face from a battle, Shahid is raising the hotness bar with this fierce aura. In another tweet, Shahid Kapoor wrote “Maharawal Ratan Singh, saahas, saamarthya aur sammaan ka prateek.” In fact, talking about his look Shahid reportedly said, “When you are playing a King, you need to have a certain personality. At that time, the people used to not be very skinny and lean, so you need to have a manly personality. Basically for that, and to carry those outfits also, Sanjay sir wants me to be a little muscular and a little full. But I will be gaining weight in terms of muscle and not in terms of fat. This is because I am playing the character of a warrior. The Rajput kings had very strong personalities.” Well, now that the look is out, we don’t think there could have been a better choice than Shahid.

महारावल रतन सिंह. साहस, सामर�थ�य और सम�मान का प�रतीक. #Padmavati @FilmPadmavati #MahaRawalRatanSingh pic.twitter.com/Gn3XUHuN11

— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) 25 September 2017

‘Padmavati’ is slated to release on December 1 and now that we have seen the first look of Deepika and Shahid, we can’t wait to see Alauddin Khilji aka Ranveer Singh’s look. This movie is said to be the first collaboration between Shahid Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, as Deepika and Ranveer have already worked with him in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.