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riteish deshmukh's different looks in ASMM

By: Reshma Kelkar, IndiaFM

Monday, November 13, 2006

riteish deshmukh's different looks as a conman in Apna Sapna Money Money is the current talk of town. IndiaFM caught up with the man behind all these looks - Vikram Gaikwad. 

Vikram Gaikwad is one of the topmost prosthetic artists of India. As a makeup expert, he has to his credit films like Sardar, Zubeidaa, The Making of Mahatama, Hari-Bhari, Aks, Legend of Bhagat Singh, Khakee, Naina, Maqbool, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Rang De Basanti and Omkarato name a few.

His latest work includes riteish deshmukh's look for Subhash Ghai's Apna Sapna Money Money. Riteish has three different looks in this movie. And to give him those three different looks was definitely a challenge for any makeover artist. But for an ace prosthetic artist like Vikram Gaikwad it was an everyday job.

Starting at the age of 19 as a make-over artist from the film institute at Pune, Vikram joined Marathi Cinema and then he switched to Hindi cinema. He specialized in prosthetic make up, which deals with mask and complete makeover of a person.

For Riteish's look in Apna Sapna Money Money, Vikram had sittings with director Sangeeth Sivan. He says, "Subhashji knows me well, as I have worked with him on Kisna. I was provided with the storyline of Apna Sapna Money Money by Sangeet Sivan and we began to work on Riteish's look 3 months before the film. I had designed all three looks while Sangeet gave his inputs according to a director's vision."

Riteish as a classical singer
Sangeeth arranged the shoots according to the schedules of Riteish's look so that there would not be any problem. According to schedule we worked on the look first. Here Riteish had to look as a music teacher. We made a mask with the help of his statue and then we tried it on his face. We have changed his nose and used a wig to create a different look. We have also worked on his dressing as he had to look like his character. We gave him specs and a moustache.

Riteish as a girl
This look was the toughest as we had to work on his original look and it has to be convincing. Changing a look on original skin is something that requires lot of skill. We kept his makeup artist for giving an authentic girly touch to his face. Since Riteish's face has a very good shape, we didn't need supports for the mask. We required 2 hours to create this look.

Initially, they wanted Riteish to turn into a big fat old woman but as per Riteish's face we decided to go with a young girly look. For a girl's look he had to wax his body. We had to put proper make up on the area of shaving because a girl's face is quite delicate. So we asked his make up man to give a specific touch on his chin. Since Riteish has a very good face he didn't have to put extra efforts. We highlighted his cheek bones and did some eye make up. We did not pluck his eyebrows much, as he had to shoot for other roles simultaneously. Riteish has different shape of eyeballs which we wanted to change. So we used lenses. A major problem about this look was his shoulders as Riteish has broad shoulders. We managed to hide them through his outfits.

Riteish as a Nepali old man
For the Nepali old man's look again we had to make a mask on his statue and then on his face. This look requires wrinkles, cheeks and nose. Riteish has a sharp nose, so we had to give him quite a flat nose that could give him a Nepali look. We required 3 to 4 hours for his makeup. And we had to create the mask along with his wig and attire. Riteish was not satisfied at first so we redesigned it. It could have been quite frustrating for him but Riteish did not complain.

Riteish as an actor
Riteish is a very dedicating actor. He never bothered about anything, rather he co-operated with us completely. He looks excellent in every character that he has played in this movie. In fact he gave perfect eye gestures and lip movements when he was in the girl's get up. Sitting at one place without any movements is not easy for anyone especially when you can't eat and drink anything. But he was never anxious about anything else than his performance. He was confident on his talent and he had complete faith on me that made my work easier. 

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