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Perfections And Getups
By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
The streak of perfections seems to have started making deep inroads into the Hindi Film industry, what with systematic preparations are being made both from the director as also the actor to etch out the character in its true realities instead of portraying the same in a very shoddy manner through patch work of makeup.
A new milestone has been created in this area in the Hindi Film industry where to get the perfect getup Vidhu Vinod Chopra dabbled with multitude of combinations for more than a year to come up with the perfect beard getup for Amitabh Bachchan for his directional venture EKLAVYA. Could this thing have been fathomable for the industry just a few years back?
This trend was sort of introduced by the maverick of getups who has been doing in the South Indian film industry for decades a.k.a Kamal Hassan when he made Vinod Khanna put on weight denoting age for his remake of Tamil film DAYAVAAN. Then the trend was somewhat sidelined for quite some time making its appearance off and on, but the appearances where more farcical in nature as the actors were not agreeable to deglamourise themselves for the demands of the role, and hence it always appeared as surreal. This was owing to the fact that the wigs and the padding to ad paunch or putting marbles inside the mouth to denote sagging of the cheek skin did not in any way was able to convey the age. Kamal Hassan however continued to experiment with his getups and he even requisitioned makeup men from Australia and America to portray his characters in his subsequent films. His efforts were commendable as he was trying to do all this at times, when the introduction of technology and exchange of technicians was still in its infancy in the industry and it was evident in CHACHI 420, which was unsuccessfully emulated by GOVINDA in AUNTY 420 as he only took recourse to adornments to portray a female character. The acme for Kamal Hassan in terms of preparedness for a character was in HINDUSTANI where he appeared as if he was really old. The attitude for perfection to portray characters has now started becoming a sine quo non-for Hindi Film industry.
The advent of new breed of director, and actors catalyzed the pace of experimentation with getups to provide authenticity to the characters being portrayed. This was done by one of the big experimenters in the Hindi film industry Aamir Khan when he came out with a totally new getup and style in DIL CHAHTA HAI, and his experimentation became so popular that it still continues to be emulated. Aamir in RANG DE BASANTI exhibited the same zeal. Abhishek Bachchan put on weight to become GURU, while Saif Ali Khan went without brushing his teeth to give a look of a local goon whose teeth are stained by regular chewing of tobacco for OMKARA.
Among the new crop of actors, most of them have done this with aplomb and the ball is now in Shah Rukh Khan's court to come out with flying colours, as his maiden attempt in VEER JARA to do this was only in the form of putting the powder on to the hairs, the age was not reflected on the character. But it is for sure, that in the zeal to portray characters exciting times are ahead for the industry.