QUICK FIVE Hair stylist Adhuna Akhtar has made her mark in the Bollywood industry.
Having worked with stars like Shah Rukh Khan in “Don”, Aamir Khan in “Dil Chahta Hai”, Deepika Padukone in “Karthik Calling Karthik”, Hrithik Roshan and Priety Zinta in “Lakshaya” and many others, hair stylist Adhuna Akhtar has made her mark in the Bollywood industry. Taking her career to the next level she steps in front of the camera to display her skills. Recently Adhuna Akhtar launched “Be Blunt”, a makeover show to be aired on TLC, the lifestyle channel from 16th July. “It’s my first time on television. It’s a great forum for a hairstylist to present her work. During the show you’ll see a day in the life of a hairstylist, different aspects of our job. It may be fashion shoot, a show, a portfolio and a lot of other things. There are different segments within the show that cover all of the aspects of the work that we do,” says Adhuna.
Excerpts from an interview:
What is ‘Be Blunt’ all about?
The show is about bringing a change in one’s life through a makeover. The show has six episodes and will feature women from different parts of India. Each candidate goes through a complete makeover. It’s not just about the hair, although hair is the focus for us. It’s a complete head to toe makeover as these things go hand in hand. You can’t really do one without the other. That’s the basic gist of the show. Also we’ll be giving tips to the candidates about how to maintain their hair after the makeover. I think it’s not essential to go to salon to take care of one’s hair. It can be done at home.
How were the participants selected?
They sent in videos of themselves, talked about their stories and we selected the people whom we thought had an interesting story, who really needed a change. Be it a student going for a professional job, or a housewife, whose eleven-year-old daughter wanted her mom to be trendier, each candidate has a valid reason to be on the show.
Do you think culture has any influence on hairstyles?
People in India are influenced by society and cultural norms. Most of the women keep long hair because their husband or in-laws want them to. I remember in 1998 when I had just started, girls were not very open to getting their hair cut and boys didn’t want to experiment. Now the scenario is different, people have become trendier and experimental.
How open actors are to changing their hairstyles?
Not everyone in the industry jumps to the idea. Deepika in “Karthik Calling Karthik” was quite reluctant to let go off her hair. Actors are more willing to change than actresses.
How is it like working with husband Farhan Akhtar on ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’?
It was difficult to work on Farhan’s hair. He likes short cut but to play Milkha (Singh) you need really long hair. My team had to work a lot on his hair (smiles). That’s all I can reveal right now.