Magic of make-up
Ivninderpal Singh


Make-up can work miracles. Ever wonder what hides behind the mask of heavily caked base, blush, shadow and liner? Peel it off, layer by layer, and you see the real thing. Make-up artistes have taken their field beyond the sole aim of vivifying dull faces with their brushstrokes. This has given a new dimension not only to Bollywood but also to the small screen.

Jagmeet Samunderri dons a Yash Chopra look in Personal Se Sawaal Karti Hai on Filmy
Jagmeet Samunderri dons a Yash Chopra look in Personal Se Sawaal Karti Hai on Filmy

The metamorphosis of Kamalahasan in Chachi 420 or Rahul Roy in Junoon was much appreciated by film lovers. In television serials, make-up has become important for giving a particular look as required by the script, as was done on Mona Singh of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin fame. It was spectacles, braces and a hairstyle which gave her the plain Jane look. Her later transformation made her turn into an attractive girl.

Among the leading make-up men in the television industry is Arun Gere, who is associated with the Great Indian Comedy Show. These days he is doing make-up on Punjabi lad Jagmeet Samunderri for Personal se sawaal karti hai on Filmy, based on spoofs about Bollywood.

"Among the characters I have played, imitating Yash Chopra was the toughest as Arun had to work a lot to make me look like the director," says Jagmeet. It took me three hours to become his duplicate," says Jagmeet.

"The make-up gives me the confidence to become that character in front of the camera," says Jagmeet.

Sizzle on the dance floor

Itís a case of one good turn deserving another. When Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thii became a hit the trend turned to family dramas. Then came Kaun Banega Crorepati and viewers were soon deluged with clones like Jeeto Chhappar Phaad ke and Kamzor Kadi Kaun.

Now itís the era of dance shows. No, not the Boogie Woogie variety but the Nach Baliye type on Star One. A year later it is not just ready with a sequel but a look-alike is also ready to hit the small screens. Sony Jhalak Dikhhla Ja- Dancing With Stars brings together celebrities from different walks of life. Hosted by Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi it will have sports, films, fashion and music personalities paired with professional dancers. Airing Wednesday and Thursday 10 p.m., Jhalak Dikhla Ja has TV celebrities, including Mona ĎJassií Singh, kitchen king Sanjeev Kapoor, actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar, cricketer Ajay Jadeja and more. The contestants will perform before a live audience and the winning couple gets a whopping Rs. 50 lakh. ó NF