National award-winning director Srjit Mukherji, who makes his Bollywood debut with ‘Begum Jaan’, the Hindi adaptation of his Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’, is known for being extremely thorough with his research.
While shooting the Vidya Balan-starrer, he decided to keep the look of the characters real. And for that, the cast was advised to use minimal make-up.
However, some of the girls would cheat and turn up on the set with an evidently caked-up face. Srijit, being the taskmaster that he is, would notice it instantly, and check everyone’s make-up before shooting. Srijit recalls, “It became a ritual for a few days. I was like a school
teacher who would check make-up and nails. I used to sit with wet tissues and wipe off all the extra make-up. Since the story is set in a different world, I didn’t want them to have heavy make-up and manicured nails.”