Vikram Gaikwad

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Vikram Gaikwad is an Indian make-up designer.[1][2][3][4] He has worked in various films, including Bollywood as well as other regional cinemas. He has won the National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist two times for the Bengali film Moner Manush in 2010 ,for his works in the Marathi film Balgandharva ,the Hindi film The Dirty Picture in 2011 and again in a Bengali film Jaatishwar in the 61st National Film Awards.

He has also done a cameo role in the 2012 Marathi film Tukaram and Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush.

About Moner Manush The National Award has given make-up artist Vikram Gaikwad the coveted recognition of his behind-the-scenes hard work

All those hours of visualising the film's character, working on the actor's make-up and paying attention to intricate facial features have paid off for make-up artist Vikram Gaikwad. On Thursday, this city-based artist won the National Award for Best Make-up Artist for his work in the Bengali film Moner Manush. It was Gaikwad's job to transform the actor into Fakir Lallan Shah, the 19th century philosopher, spiritual leader and musician from Bengal on whom the film is based.

"The film tells the story of the life and times of Fakir Lallan Shah. So through the make-up, I had to show the fine changes in his facial features as he grew from a 24-year-old man to a 70-year-old," says Gaikwad who has been in the industry for two decades. He made use of prosthetic make-up for Moner Manush. "Throughout the film, I chose not to use wigs for the character's hair. Instead, I stuck actual hair which gave the appearance of a wanderer to Lallan," he adds. Thrilled at his win, an acknowledgement of his hard work, the artist says, "A National Award is an important benchmark for any artist connected to the film-making business. These awards honour talent. I was hoping to win but with the good work done by so many artistes across the country, I wasn't very sure that the honour would be mine."

Moner Manush, directed by acclaimed Bengali director Gautam Ghose, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sunil Ganguly. It stars Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead role and focuses on the Baul style of music that was popularised by Fakir Lallan Shah. Gaikwad, who has also worked as a make-up artist at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune from 1983-1988 says that a make-up artist should have a fixed idea about how the finished character will look. "When I was showing Lallan as an old man, I knew I wanted to depict a godlike aura on his face. I had famous historian Babasaheb Purandare in mind while doing the make-up. It took two hours to achieve the desired effect through prosthetic make-up," he reveals.


Year Title Language
1996 The Making of the Mahatma English
1996 Sardari Begum Hindi
2000 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar English
2000 Hari-Bhari Hindi
2001 Zubeidaa Hindi
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi
2003 Maqbool Hindi
2005 The Blue Umbrella Hindi
2006 Omkara Hindi
2006 Sacred Evil – A True Story Hindi
2006 Rang De Basanti Hindi
2007 Manorama Six Feet Under Hindi
2007 Blood Brothers Hindi
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Hindi
2008 Firaaq Hindi
2009 3 Idiots Hindi
2009 Well Done Abba! Hindi
2009 Kaminey Hindi
2009 Delhi-6 Hindi
2009 Quick Gun Murugun Hindi
2010 Moner Manush Bengali
2010 Allah Ke Banday Hindi
2010 Rakta Charitra Hindi
2010 Tere Bin Laden Hindi
2010 Ishqiya Hindi
2010 Peepli (Live) Hindi
2010 Powder
(TV series)
2011 Mausam Hindi
2011 Balgandharva Marathi
2011 Kismat
(TV series)
2011 The Dirty Picture Hindi
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Hindi
2012 Tukaram Marathi
2013 I, Me Aur Main Hindi
2014 PK Hindi
2015 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Marathi [5]
2018 Ani Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Marathi
2019 Bhai - Vyakti ki Valli Marathi


  1. ^ "Make up is a challenge in India: Vikram Gaikwad". The Times of India. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  2. ^ Tyagi, Chhavi (3 June 2009). "Who's That? Vikram Gaikwad does magic with make-up". New Delhi: Afaqs. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  3. ^ "'I refused to be an unemployed graduate'". Daily News and Analysis. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  4. ^ Swamy, Rohan (22 May 2011). "Cosmetic Company". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  5. ^ Sen, Debarati S. (7 October 2015). "Meena Kumari trained me in Urdu". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

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