Perils of prosthetic make-up

Perils of prosthetic make-up

Be it a 66-year-old Amitabh Bachchan playing a 12- year-old boy in Paa, Kamal Hassan’s womanly disguise in Chachi 420 or Hrithik Roshan’s wrinkled look in Krrish, when it comes to make-up, Bollywood is game for it!

With Shilpa Shetty’s bald look in her upcoming film ‘The Desire’ going viral, prosthetic make-up is certainly becoming a trendsetter. With prosthetic make-up, one can manage to look like anyone, say experts. 

However, not everyone can carry this make-up off. For instance in Agneepath, to give Sanjay Dutt the villainous look, prosthetic make-up was used. But that didn’t work out.

Finally, he had to shave his head off. In ‘The Dirty Picture’ too, prosthetic moulding was used to give the curvaceous look of the 1980s to Vidya Balan. But even this didn’t work. The reason being the high temperature which melted the three hours of hard work in just 30 minutes. 

This kind of make-up does not come cheap either— around Rs 60 to Rs 80 lakh are spent on just one job which works best in cold weather. 

Sharing his experience with prosthetic make-up, Amitabh Bachchan said on his blog, “Eating and drinking have to be avoided and you cannot talk because it displaces the pieces over the contours of the face. I had to get all the hair on my hands and arms and chest and legs shaved clean everyday.”

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