Lady Make-Up Artist’s Valiant Battle Against CCMAA

Meet Charu Khurana, the vibrant and valiant make-up artist who has played a lion’s share in giving justice to women make-up artists who have been denied employment as make-up artists for the past 60 years due to the despotism of the Cine Costume Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMAA). 

Discarding the CCMAA regulate banning lady make-up artist employment in film industry a two-judge bench of Supreme Court strongly condemned CCMAA for discrimination against women make-up artist and termed its act as “constitutionally impermissible discrimination”.

Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit lambasting the male chauvinism of CCMAA said, “Why should only a male artist be allowed to put make-up? How can it be said that only men can be make-up artists and women can be hairdressers? We don't see a reason to prohibit a woman from becoming a make-up artist if she is qualified.” 

The SC thus ordered to end this discrimination. The judges urged the CCMAA to delete the clause that bans women make-up artist to work in film industry on their own. The judges ordered, “Remove this immediately. We are in 2014, not in 1935. Such things cannot continue even for a day." 

Charu Khurana, a post-graduate diploma from the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles has been struggling since long to get a membership card of the Cine Costume Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMAA), but she was refused on some count or another. Hence she decided to lodge a battle against the mighty CCMAA and has won justice. 

While this case is related to the Mumbai-based Hindi industry or Bollywood, the court said it will take action against regional language film industries based in cities such as Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad which also bar women make-up artists.