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Rishi Kapoor: I couldn't recognise myself

This is what came out of Rs 1.5 crore and five hours every day for a month spent on make up. We managed to catch hold of exclusive pictures of an '85-year-old' Rishi Kapoor...

Rishi Kapoor plays an 85- year-old grouchy, bullying old man in his upcoming film, 'Kapoor & Sons' and this is what he's going to look like. His make-up is done by none other than Greg Cannom, Hollywood's famed makeup artist who won the Academy Award for his work in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (2008), 'Mrs Doubtfire' (1993) and 'Dracula' (1992). Kapoor takes us through the ordeal that he went through to get the drastically different look that was finally achieved.

Rishi Kapoor

"When Karan (Johar) and the director Shakun (Batra) came to meet me, I suggested that they take Cannom because I had heard of him. I was not sure about this suggestion being agreed upon since it would be a costly affair, but Karan agreed even though he knew that this would cost him around Rs 1.5 to Rs 1.75 crore. Shakun and I met up with Cannom and discussed the look and we decided that it would be a mix of Rishi Kapoor and A K Hangal's look.

During the shoot, I had to sit for five hours every day for almost a month and I had to wake up at 5 am. I am a drinking man and people say I have no patience, but for me to wake up early every day and sit for five hours straight was a bit of a task. It would take that much time to put the make up on and then about an hour to remove it at the end of the day. Cannom has invented these really thin silicon layers that were like second skin. He would use eight of them — six on my face and two on my hands. Then he would create everything, the wrinkles, age spots, everything. I am so grateful that I got this opportunity. He was here for Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan' and that's how we got in touch with him," he explains.

However, things weren't really wonderful on the sets after the five-hour ordeal. "Throughout the film I would be fighting with the director. Every scene, every shot we fought. My problem was that he would take the entire scene from every angle which made me uncomfortable. I might be old fashioned, but I cannot create spontaneity if you are going to shoot from every angle. We were on the same page as actors but not as far as execution was concerned. However, the end product is what matters," he adds.

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