Make-up is not just about putting on a base, mascara, eye lashes or contouring. It’s about putting on a brave and confident face. It’s not just about enhancing your beauty but your strength. That’s why it’s very important to have a right person as your make-up artist. When I started filming for the project Love Sonia I was not very sure about the whole thing because make-up was one of the key factors and I had no idea how I am going to look in a tanned village girl attire. Virginia from fat mu transformed my whole personality and the kind of detailing she has done for this make-up was commendable. She not only took care of the look but also consulted me about what my skin is sensitive to and accordingly she used good products and base so that my skin remained unaffected. How considerate of her and very few people in this trade do that. So I can definitely say it proudly that Virginia (fat mu) has designed my look for my dream debut and I would love to work with her and the fat mu team in all my future projects.
Natasha and Virginia are uniquely positioned to appreciate and service the converging worlds of Indian films, Bollywood if you like, and the English language film making of Britain and the USA. Both have extensive experience of those worlds and on Slumdog Millionaire helped me overcome any worries I might have about bridging both sensibilities. Beyond the politics they are superb artists sensitive to the actors and both supportive and suggestive to the director about approach, vision and execution. Damn fine people too, always there when you need them, and with accomplished assistants, you would be insane not to use them!
I first met Natasha and Virginia when I debuted in the sleeper hit "Slumdog Millionaire". fat mu was my first ever experience of working with a really professional make up team. Since then I have had the fine privilege of working with some of the top film industry make up teams in the world and what amazes me is that Natasha and Virginia have, from the very onset maintained a very international approach to their work and have always been ahead of their game. Even in the fashion world, while they are very aware of trends, they have mastered the art of customizing their make up to suit the individual artist they are working on rather than the 'one for all' approach. I am very proud to be associated with these two uber talented women. More power to fat mu!
I have worked with Natasha and Virginia on all my films. I have been thoroughly spoilt by their ideas, their enthusiasm, their art, their professionalism and their extreme good cheer. They inspire me and they make my cast look good and feel safe. I would be heartbroken if I had to make a film without them.
fat mu has seen to my make-up right from my struggling days before DEVD to today. The fat mu team understand the value of real make-up and conceptual or artistic make-up, they adapt and personalise the work to their artists and they understand cinema. That's what has made them the brand they are today.
fat mu are not just one of the best and most professional make-up and hair team I know, they also give you more than you need. That is always the test of a great support system, for every director finds new shots, new ideas that never occurred in prep. fat mu has often already thought of that possibility and will have covered you with a knowing smile.
One of the best times on set was with the fat mu crew. Every time I was in-front of the camera, I felt like I’d been living in the same skin. I just felt it, i felt the connect. I love them so much.
I probably had the most amazing experience as an actor collaborating with fat mu. They really helped me in finding Moeen. It’s always the small things that make a character relatable. Now I know why people rely on them so much!