It was not easy for actress Aahana Kumra to get ready for her role in the recently released web show “Betaal”. She almost took 2 hours everyday to wear prosthetics before getting into her character’s look.
“When I signed the show, I didn’t know I’ll have a scar on my face and I’ll have to wear prosthetics for 45-odd days of shoot. I didn’t know until then what wearing prosthetics was like. Once the shoot started, I realised how careful an artiste needs to be while wearing prosthetics. Firstly, I couldn’t sweat. We were shooting in 45 degrees temperature and it was an army show. There was heat, dust and sometimes it would rain and there was thick mist. But I had to make sure that my make-up wasn’t spoilt, or else it would take another two hours to do it all over again. I learnt a lot on the job because of the prosthetic,” Aahana shared.
Aahana’s make-up was done by the renowned make-up artistes Rebecca Butterworth and Karolina Kuzniak.
She added: “It’s a lengthy process that requires a lot of patience. It would take sticking, painting and other things.
“The first day when I walked out of my vanity, everyone stopped and stared at me. It felt uncomfortable with people looking at your face in a way that something was wrong with it. But I got used to it. I don’t think that (her look) ever affect my performance. I was only focused on getting the shot right. It was very liberating, because for once, as an actress, I wasn’t worried about how I looked. When I saw the end result, I was blown. It’s rare that you see actresses sport a look like that. It’s been a great learning.”
“Betaal”, a zombie horror drama, is currently streaming on Netflix.