Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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.

Sanjeev Kumar - An Actor Par Excellence

Sanjeev Kumar, the sheer versatility of this actor can be judged from the fact that even thespian Dilip Kumar, regarded as the ‘God Of Acting’ in Bollywood, was in awe of his histrionics.

Sanjeev Kumar’s repertoire of roles includes everything from young to the old, sensitive to comic to the horror genre. Remember the romantic hero in SEETA AUR GEETA, middle-aged ailing father in PARICHAY, the elderly father of Sharmila Tagore in MAUSAM, the mutilated, revenge-seeking Thakur in SHOLAY, the wacky in ANGOOR or the ghostly in JAANI DUSHMAN and if this was not all then he played nine different roles in NAYA DIN NAI RAAT, the role immortalized by South legends like Sivaji Ganesan in NAVARATHRI (1964), and by Akkineni Nageswara Rao in NAVARATHRI (1966). 

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Sanjeev Kumar is probably the best mainstream actor Bollywood has ever witnessed. It’s tragic such a great actor died at the age of 47 on November 6, 1985 after suffering a massive heart attack. Raaga.Com remembers the actor on his death anniversary and shares an interesting anecdote about his struggle and his dedication towards acting. 

Sanjeev Kumar began his acting career on stage with IPTA in Mumbai and later he joined the Indian National Theatre. When he began his struggle in Bollywood he had hard times finding film assignment. Hence to survive he even did extra and one such role was for eminent filmmaker K.Asif who made MUGHAL-E-AZAM

Remembering his early days, Sanjeev Kumar once said, “I still recall those days when I slept without food. Once I had no food for three days hence when I got an extra‘s role in K.Asif’s movie LOVE AND GOD, I was excited. I had to walk in the crowd. During the shooting Asif Sahab saw some fire in me and recommended me to be in his touch. I felt thrilled.” 

He continued, “Few months later the shooting of LOVE AND GOD stopped as Guru Dutt, the film’s hero, committed suicide. The news had great impact on me as Guru Dutt was a great blow to the industry. I was still struggling then though I had now got some B-Grade action movie. Suddenly one day I received a call from Asif Sahab’s office and to my delight Asif Sahab offered me the hero’s role.” 

Sanjeev Kumar informed though LOVE AND GOD was left incomplete due to Asif Sahab’s untimely demise but working with him he learned the nuance of acting.