Makeup Artist Pandhari Juker No More; Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, & Others Condole His Death

Srushti Jayadev

Makeup artist Pandhari Juker, who had worked in the Hindi film industry for almost sixty years, passed away after a prolonged illness. Pandhari had worked with the biggies of Bollywood, from Nargis, to Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raj Kapoor, Rajesha Khanna, Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan. Pandhari was 88 years old, when he died in Mumbai.

Fondly known as Pandhari dada, he started his career as a makeup artist during the era of black and white films. Filmmaker Yash Chopra had once said, "To make a face shine on screen is not makeup. Makeup is the one that can show the beauty of the mind of a person on his face and if anyone can do it successfully from black and white films to color cinema, then he is Pandhari Dada." The friendship between Yash Chopra and Pandhari dada lasted for decades.

It was said that Pandhari persuaded filmmaker Subhash Ghai to cast Madhuri Dixit in his film Karma. According to another story, during the shoot of Amitabh Bachchan's first film Saat Hindustani, Pandhari dada had to return to Mumbai. So Big B continued to shoot without washing his face, wearing the makeup that Pandhari had done, until he returned.

Pandhari Juker was awarded the Shantaram Jeevan Gaurav for his work.

Amitabh Bachchan mourned his death and tweeted, "Pandhari Juker .. no more .. the Master, the Icon, the Ultimate make up artist .. passes away .. He touched hundreds of faces and enhanced them .. but it was the hundreds of hearts that he touched that endeared us to him .. Prayers," (sic).

Madhuri Dixit 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).

Manisha Koirala tweeted, "My first makeup was done by dada, who is adored and respected by all.. there will be no one like him..we will miss you dada..was a blessing that you did my makeup amongst such great actresses #RIP #PandhariJuker #makeupartist #madhubala #MadhuriDixit #meenakumari #juhichawla," (sic).

Abhishek Bachchan wrote in a tweet, "RIP Pandhari Dada. The Godfather of make-up in the industry. Was blessed that I, at least got to sit on his make-up chair just once. It was an honour and a dream. He'll make the heavens look even more beautiful now. Condolences and prayers to his family and students." (sic)

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