Deepika has a dusky skin tone – Mallika Bhat

deepika padukoneBollywood’s dusky beauty Deepika Padukone’s complexion has been lightened by three shades to suit her Chinese look in the film “Chandni Chowk To China”, says stylist Mallika Bhat.

“Deepika has a dusky skin tone. In ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, she plays two different roles – one with a Chinese look and the other with an Indian look. We worked on her complexion for both the looks,” Bhat told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“For the Chinese look we gave her a three shades lighter complexion than her original. Then we gave it a yellowish tinge that is typical with Chinese people and teamed it with sharp and prominent make-up.

“For the Indian look, we gave her a shade darker in terms of complexion, used her normal hair and gave slightly over-the-top make-up but nothing extraordinary,” she added.

Bhat, who is responsible for Deepika’s Chinese eyes and poker-straight fringed hair in the film, says working on the actress’ look was difficult, as she does not fit the bill of a Chinese girl easily.

“It was a very challenging task. Director Nikhil Advani had briefed me very specifically about the look that he wanted Deepika to flaunt in the film. But Deepika was not an easy girl for it.

“She has a dusky complexion, large, almond-shaped eyes and long eyelashes that are totally opposite to what Chinese women look like. So I had to kind of work against nature to get the right look for her,” explained Bhat.

A lot of research went behind Deepika’s Chinese look in the film.

Most often in Bollywood, stylists settle for cosmetic tapes at the end of each eye to give the Chinese look to actors, but Bhat says it wasn’t a feasible option because Deepika’s doctors had advised her against their use.

~ by Yourwebseo on January 10, 2009.

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