Legendary Bollywood Make-up Artist Pandhari Dada Passes Away at 88
Having worked in the Hindi film industry for about 60 years, veteran make-up artist Pandhari Juker attended to a long line of A-list celebrities, from Nargis to Kareena and Dilip Kumar to Shahrukh Khan. Beginning his career during the era of black and white classics, Pandhari Dada as he was fondly known, was also a favourite of the iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra. He has worked in films like Waqt, Deewaar, Parinda, Yeh Dillagi, Darr, Silsila, Kabhie Kabhie, Kranti, and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, to name a few.
Pandhari Dada passed away due to prolonged illness, on 17th February 2020, in Mumbai. Several Bollywood stars took to social media to pay tribute to the beloved make-up artist. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “…pioneer, iconic make up Artist, of Film Industry .. trained all the prominent makeup artists of today .. brilliant, professional and a most endearing personality .. my very first make up was done by him (sic)”.
Subhash Ghai in his tweet says, “…The greatest I have worked with him In HERO RAM LAKHAN SAUDAGAR N PARDES who made my heroines shine on screen (sic)”. Madhuri Dixit Nene also remembered him and tweeted, “Saddened to hear of the passing of Pandhari Dada, who has worked with everyone from Meena kumari to Madhubala to today. I have very fond memories of him working together in Tezaab, Ram Lakhan & many more. He made everyone look beautiful & elegant on screen. May soul rest in peace (sic).”
Photo: Twitter/ Amitabh Bachchan