Artist Statement

In the second semester of time studio and time seminar we had to   watch 11 movies and choose a lens through which we could portray these movies with a narrative and hence we were divided into groups to work for the same.

My group decided on three lens initially

*Make up 

*Costume design 



Process 2: Choosing our lens as drama

At first we had the idea of portraying melodrama of each movie but this idea failed since we had no idea as to how to show that into a multimedia format.  

Process 3: Chossing our lens as makeup

Stage 1

we thought on our next lens which was makeup and decided on choosing the male protagonist of each movie and portray their makeup through a form of a video.

But this idea was again a fail because we analyised theres is not much differnce in the makeup of the male protagonist of each movie. However there is change in the hair style and costume but not any facial makeup changes.  



Hence we decided on taking up each female character of the movies and portray their characteristics through face painting.

For example, an abstract form of few animals who share the same characteristics as the female protagonist have in the movie.

This idea was too westernised so we scraped off this idea. 

Process 4 : Ideating on iconography 

After few trial and error we thought of working with the idea of comparing each female protagonist to an indian mythological figure.

For example- Tabu was being compared to goddess Mohini, but what we released is that this concept of us was not showing time.

Hence Iconography of each female charecter of the movie through mythological figure was a fail since we were not quite sure about the concept itself.

Process 5: Fixing on a final lens 

Finally we decided to go ahead with the lens of makeup and hairstyle which we originally though of but this time we changed the subject of focus from male progonists to each female protagonist of all the eleven movies.

We studied and analysed each female protagonist’s makeup and hairstyle.

We critically looked at how each stroke of makeup changed their character and how makeup in particular has changed or evolved throughout these eleven movies.

Process 6:  Final narrative in form of a stop motion

We made a stop motion video where we traced the timeline of these movies through the art of makeup and hairstyle.

 We studied critically our chosen len.

 The video clearly shows how makeup and hairstyles changed from Do Bigha Zamine to Queen

We have tried to show how the basic contouring of the face has changed over the period in the Indian cinema. 

We have also shown how the winged eyeliner in Shahib Biwi Aur Gulam was over dramatized and how over a series of movies like Shatranj Ke Khilari it changed to over dramatic use of kajal and finally in Maqbool where there is minimal use of eyeliner on the eyelid but at the same time a thin stroke of kajal can be traced. 

However the Indian cinema had evolved in the art of makeup from over dramatic and dark makeup and fancy hairstyles to minimalistic makeup for example In later movies like Queen and Dil Chahata Hai.

In the end of the video we show a face without any makeup to pose a question on the viewers mind “who’s next”. 

This question will bring people’s attention and force their minds to think what could be the future of makeup In the Indian cinema, is it going to go back to from where it started or is it going to be no makeup or is it going to take a whole new transformation in future. 


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