Turning Freida Pinto, sculpted by the gods, into a gritty character called Rashmi from Mumbai’s red light district.
Project: Love Sonia
Director: Tabrez Noorani
Producer: David Womark
Complete collaboration between actor, director, costume, camera, production and make-up/hair. Me.
Tabrez and David said ‘we don’t want to see it’s Freida’.
Deconstruction of beauty and breaking up of perfection.
Aiming for reality, invisible characterisation, so the audience sees just “Rashmi”.
We used real life references. Real life hair decs, make-up colours and textures from the red light district to keep it authentic.
Make-up applied as if Rashmi was doing it herself. Sharp, agitated strokes to create a hardness and brutality and lip colour roughly applied with her fingers.
Nails chipped. Aiming for imperfection.
Hair styled up and as if ‘done’ by her, loose tendils curled to create a slight Bombay street ‘glam’. Flower in hair to camp her up.
Red lips, red nails, red light.
Loved the challenge. Love transformations!