#NoFilter: Keeping it genuine with luminary make-up artist Namrata Soni

Namrata Soni, Deepika Padukone, Sonam KapoorNamrata Soni, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor Namrata Soni (C) is one of a heading luminary make-up artists in Bollywood with over 17 years of experience. She has worked with a likes of Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor. (Source: Instagram/ Designed by Nidhi Mishra)

If we demeanour adult to Sonam Kapoor for character inspiration, afterwards Namrata Soni is a one to appreciate for all her overwhelming make-up. The XX-year-old, who has worked in films like Main Hoon Na, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and a arriving Veere Di Wedding, is one of Bollywood’s many distinguished make-up artists. With over 17 years of experience, she has been instrumental in fighting opposite sexism, and a earlier primitive clauses by a Mumbai-based Cine Costume, Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association preventing women from operative as make-up artists, and group as hairdressers.

In a review with indianexpress.com, Soni talks about her adore for a craft, her rebuttal towards a Union, what kept her going in a male-dominated industry, and a special bond she shares with Sonam Kapoor. Edited excerpts.

When did a adore event with hair and make-up start?
It all started with observant my mom and nani (grandmother) removing prepared while flourishing up. we still remember how we would lay on a bed and watch my mom get prepared – requesting a ideal surma, doing her lips and embarressed her cheeks. It kind of showed me a trail that we had to take in life. Also, while flourishing up, we beheld how all a actors looked roughly a same, as artists were regulating a same techniques and make-up. we felt a need to do something opposite and change a approach they look.

Tell us about your journey.
I have had a illusory tour given a final 17 years. we started off during a time when there were usually a handful of women in this contention and we had to quarrel opposite a Union, though we was sanctified to have some extraordinary women directors ancillary me, generally Farah Khan, and prolongation houses like Dharma Production and Yash Raj Films, that upheld women. we have worked with some of a best people and learnt something new from any one of them.

You have always plainly oral about how flighty and aroused a Union is. In 2004, when we were perplexing to quarrel it, we found unequivocally few supporters. You still don’t have a membership card; how does that work out for you?
It was unequivocally frustrating when we started out, since we had to censor inside self-centredness vans when a Union would spin up. we used to ask myself, “Why should we do that? we am not doing anything wrong. we am a woman, we live in a physical nation and we even have a womanlike President, so since should someone tell me what we can and can't do with my career?” we would never listen to them and refused to compensate a fines levied on me, since we wasn’t doing anything that is not my right. we have been dragged out of make-up bedrooms on set, and had to call cops for protection.

Has this knowledge done we stronger?
Yes. Till date, we don’t have a Union label and we don’t even wish one. we am happy with how things are right now, though they still find ways to difficulty us. we was once told women are unqualified of traffic with a outrageous volume of vigour on set with 17-18 hours in play – group can hoop it better. we would also get threats: “You come to Film City, we will uncover we what we can do. We will clout off your hands”.

It was scary, though my family’s support kept me going. Also, a outrageous support from directors and producers, generally Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra and Sajid Nadiadwala. If it weren’t for them, we would still have to censor inside self-centredness vans.

You have worked with a lot of Bollywood celebrities, though there’s a special bond with Sonam Kapoor.
There is… A bond was combined 11 years ago when we started operative and we both only accepted any other. She was unequivocally immature and experimental. we indispensable someone on whom we could try pleasing looks and she indispensable someone who would be peaceful to try things though being frightened or worry about a feedback and a trolls. we have a special affinity for her Cannes demeanour in 2013, where she is wearing an Anamika Khanna couture with a nathni.

What new trends do we have in store for us with Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding?
We attempted new hair caricature techniques, opposite forms of curls and waves… any character’s hair is different. we am not authorised to speak about a looks, though we will contend that any one of them is gorgeous.

Bridal make-up has left a model shift; it is some-more toned down now… Your thoughts?
Thank god! we have always believed reduction is more. It is critical for a bride currently to feel like herself and my pursuit as a make-up artist is to keep it as healthy as probable and still make them demeanour beautiful. We have seen fear stories and we consider a lot has to do with a colour emplacement we have in a country. we wish to start a debate called ‘Embrace your Colour’, as we feel it’s adult to us to get absolved of a white skin fixation. Times are changing though we still have people in smaller cities obsessing over it. we have had mothers of brides entrance adult to me and saying, ‘Please usko do-teen shade gori kardo’. (Please make her two-three shades lighter).

What make-up recommendation do we have for a readers for a summer?
Drink lots and lots of water. Wear a sunscreen, even if we are sitting during home and use a BB cream or a coloured moisturiser. It’s not about caking adult your skin, it’s all about giving it an even tone.

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