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Veteran make-up artist Pandhari Jukar dies at 88

Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit Nene were among the few to offer condolences on Pandhari dada's death.

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Veteran make-up artist Pandhari Jukar died in Mumbai today. He was 88.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, from 1948 to the late 1990s, Jukar, popularly known in the industry as Pandhari dada, worked as a make-up artist for some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry, like V Shantaram, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan and Pran.

Bachchan and Dixit Nene were among the few who offered condolences to their co-worker through social media.

While Bachchan called Jukar the 'ultimate make-up artist', it was Jukar's collaboration with the late Yash Chopra that brought him the most fame.

In an interview with in 2017, Juker said, "It all started long back when I joined BR Films. That time Yashji was assisting Balraj Sahni. During that period, I developed great bonding with him. When he started Yash Raj Films, I joined him. My real journey started from there. Yashji was like a brother to me. My bonding with him can't be explained in words."

In the interview, Jukar also revealed how he was among the first make-up artists to work with Bachchan on the actor's debut feature, Saat Hindustani (1969). Jukar said that owing to personal reasons, he had to leave the schedule midway. When he returned, Bachchan was still taking care of the beard that Jukar had left with him.

In the course of his career, Jukar worked for some of the biggest producers and directors in Indian cinema, like Kamal Amrohi, Raj Kapoor, Chetan Anand and Subhash Ghai.