Make-up artists working in the Tamil film industry used to command a lot of respect even from the biggest of stars, says a report from Times of India. In fact, there are people who have altered their ambition, just to become a make-up artist in Kollywood.
Speaking to the leading daily, Kuppusamy, who has been active in the industry since 1971 has said, "I began my journey in the industry as an assistant director. However, seeing the kind of respect that make up persons like Rangasamy, Peethambaram, Ramanna, Appu sir and Manickam annan commanded from the stars of that time, I became enamoured of this profession and decided to become a make up man."
Apart from make-up artists, who work for the industry, there are artists who work for specific stars and Veerasekar is one among them.
"For me, after working with Nagma, I started working for Jyotika.Then, I worked with Asin, Trisha and Priya Mani among others. Now, I'm predominantly working with Nikki and Surbhi. So, I've really not had the time to focus on entire films, though I've done a few, early in my career," he has said.
What are the differences between the artists who work for the industry and those who work for stars? Make-up man Giri has explained it to the daily.
"When you are the personal assistant to a star, you have that 'gethu' that you are moving in close circles with the star. The pay too, is somewhat higher than what you would get as a company makeup man. But the latter has its benefits. The company make up man is the one who will be credited first in the titles, and if the film wins an award, that goes only to that person," he has said.