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Swati Singh worked with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for four years

Swati Singh worked with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for four years

I was meeting my old school pal Swati Singh after more than a decade. But I don’t know why sitting by the window of Café Coffee Day on Ekdalia I was filled with anticipation. Maybe this was because the Swati I knew was one of the prettiest girls in our school, she was a great dancer, a superb singer and a fantastic painter and I was waiting to see how she’d turned out after so many years.

Swati was working as an assistant designer with Sabysachi Mukherjee, the man who probably commands the highest price in India when it comes to his creations, and gets away with it too.

But during our conversation over the phone when we were planning our meet Swati told me, “I have quit!”

“Why…?”

“I will tell you when we meet,” was all she said.

I waited for Swati looking out for her red Maruti, the car in which we had travelled to so many movies, birthday parties and luncheons, not realizing that it probably hadn’t stood the test of time.

Swati emerged from a white car in a bang-on-trend black and white striped maxi dress looking like a dream.  When it came to complimenting her I did not know where to start and where to end.

“It’s all make-up yaar. If I want to convince others to hire me as a make-up artist the first thing I should show them is my own make-up, right?”

Swati likes to work on her own make-up to give people an idea of what they can expect

Swati likes to work on her own make-up to give people an idea of what they can expect

She told me she wanted to start off as a make-up artist on her own so she tossed up her four-year-old job with Sabyasachi that involved overseeing the production at his Topsia workshop and ensuring that each piece met the standards he had set.

“It was a wonderful experience, I learned a lot and I am grateful to Sabyasachi for giving me this opportunity but I wanted to pursue my own creativity.”

While she was excelling at her work at Sabyasachi’s workshop, her personal life was all about dealing with ups and downs. Being in an unhappy marriage for several years and later on dealing with the consequences of a separation was draining for Swati. But she believed in fighting it out.

“I knew that I had to start my life from scratch. I had to stand on my own feet, I had to move on. So many times I was on the verge of having an emotional and physical breakdown but I didn’t give up. While dealing with the mental trauma of a disturbed personal life I struggled to keep my creativity alive…”

Swati with Marvie at her hair and make-up academy in Mumbai

Swati with Marvie at her hair and make-up academy in Mumbai

She’s taken a professional make-up and hair styling course at the Marvie Ann Beck Make-up and Hair Academy in Mumbai and she is all set to step into the glamour world as a make-up artist. Swati’s also got back to painting, something she always wanted to do but never had time for because of her busy schedule and she is selling her work through her Facebook page which she has aptly named Colours of Hope.

“I know I am setting foot in a tough profession as a make-up artist because here nothing but word-of-mouth publicity will work for me and it won’t be easy but we have only one life and I don’t want to live with any regrets. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams,” she said with conviction.

She is starting off with bridal and party make-up but she wants to test her creativity with photo shoots and ramp styling too.

A Bengali bride before make-up

A Bengali bride before make-up

The same bride after Swati worked her brush strokes

The same bride after Swati worked her brush strokes

“I am taking one step at a time. I don’t want to rush things. There are some well-known make-up artistes in Kolkata and I respect the work they are doing. I hope and believe I will be able to make a space for myself here,” she said.

When I left CCD that day I kept thinking of the Swati I knew – a talented girl bordering on the shy sometimes, who never believed in breaking any rules and I thought of the Swati now – brimming with confidence, not afraid to live her dream.

Life has put her through the tests but she has transformed her negative experiences to emerge a positive person. She has mustered the courage to be what she wants to be. I couldn’t help but admire her for that.

Swati at work

Swati at work

Some quick questions I asked Swati and here’s what she said:

What’s the biggest make-up mistake we all make? Not blending the blush-on well which makes it look patchy and also neglecting the neck while applying the foundation only on the face.

One make-up item that can alter your looks drastically…..A well defined kajal or eye liner

A quick fix for unruly hair…Hair pulled back and tied into a tight ponytail at the centre or on one side of the neck. Taking small sections of the loose hair, twist and pin up forming a messy bun. Spray hair fixer generously. It looks very chic and works with every look.

A Bollywood actress you want to work with…Kangana Ranaut

A Tollywood actress you want to work with…Swastika Mukherjee

A model you want to work with…Noyonika Chatterjee

A challenge you want to take up…Life is full of challenges but the biggest and toughest challenge is to ‘maintain your smile’ at all times. I just want to keep smiling.

Swati's all-new visiting card

Swati’s all-new visiting card

 

Aishwarya Rai in a Sabyasachi creation

Aishwarya Rai in a Sabyasachi creation

This post is actually a follow up of my earlier post written a year ago titled 5 reasons why FAT ASH is having the last laugh

https://amritaspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/5-reasons-why-fat-ash-is-having-the-last-laugh/

After seeing Aishwarya Rai dazzle at the Cannes red carpet this year, while her co-stars struggled with their designer attires and went horribly wrong with their accessories and hairdos, I come up with five more reasons why the 39-year-old star will always be a class apart in Bollywood and in our hearts.

Reason 1: She got the best out of star designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The names Vidya Balan and Sabyasachi Mukherjee are nowadays inseparable. While the latter re-invented her sense of style, Vidya, as she has gone up the ladder of success, has given the designer more free advertising than he could ever have hoped for. But Vidya’s Sabyasachi clothes were more criticized than lauded at Cannes this year. On the other hand with a gold and black saree designed by Sabyasachi, Aishwarya turned all heads at the same festival. In fact, I will be not surprised if the designer kept away (in a secret cupboard lest Vidya sees it) his best creation for her. After all it’s an honour to dress up Aishwarya Rai.

Reason 2: She’s shifted all her baby weight

After last year’s Cannes appearance there was more talk about Aishwarya’s still-sticking mummy fat than anything else. But Ash was rightly more concerned about her own health than wagging tongues. In a year’s time she has silenced her critics by losing all her post-childbirth weight and looking as gorgeous as ever. Now from being a role model to aspiring actresses and models she has become one to aspiring mothers too. Her simple message: Be yourself!

Aishwarya with daughter Aradhya at her hotel balcony in Cannes

Aishwarya with daughter Aradhya at her hotel balcony in Cannes

Reason 3: She has re-written the working mom role

Whenever Aishwarya is travelling she always has her daughter Aradhya with her. She has proved that you can have your child around and still be working and balancing both. She has been apparently checking on Aradhya at her hotel room in between photoshoots and interviews at Cannes. By being both full-time mom and a working mom she’s shown that it is possible to work your schedule around your priorities.

Reason 4: 39 is no big deal

In an industry where actresses are written off when they are hitting 30 Aishwarya Rai has proved to be an exception. She has not only delivered hits post-30 and post-marriage, she has proved that a woman can be pushing 40 and still be the centre of all attention. No wonder all the younger stars (read: Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat and even Vidya Balan, did anyone say Freida Pinto?) were pushed aside when Aishwarya took centre stage. Then there was only talk of her black saree, her lacy gown her mermaid skirt….

Reason 5: Cannes will be incomplete without Ash Rai

Let’s face it. Every year fresh new faces from Bollywood walk the Cannes red carpet but Aishwarya Rai is our pièce de résistance. The media and the public alike wait (with bated breath should I say?) for the appearance of Aishwarya Rai on the red carpet. Wonder who could take her place from Bollywood if one fine day she misses her appearance at Cannes. In my opinion, NO ONE!

A full view of the saree created by Sabyasachi

A full view of the saree created by Sabyasachi