“People think every Sardar boy knows how to do it well”

Meet Turbanator Jaspreet Singh, a full-time "turban designer" in Bollywood with seven big-budget films to his credit

| India | 28 March 2017 | Asia Samachar |
TURBANTOR: Jaspreet Singh with Shah Rukh Khan – PHOTO / SCOOP WHOOP

“People think every Sardar boy knows how to do it well.”

Well, it seems not. Not according to turbantor Jaspreet Singh, the Sikh who bumped into turban tying as a job while pursuing the BCom graduate at Guru Nanak Khalsa college in Matunga.

“The turban of an NRI would be different from a Punjabi. A UK-style pagg isn’t the same as the American one. Generally, NRIs sport shorter turbans and short but neat pleats than someone from rural Punjab, where the length may run into 8 metres and messy pleats. There is also a Patiala Shahi pagg and a Turla one for Bhangra. So I tie the turban as per the character,” te 28-year old Jaspreet tells Scoop Whoop News.

Six years later, the young man is a full-time “turban designer” in Bollywood with as many as seven big-budget films to his credit, notes the online media in a lenghty article on Jaspreet.

How did it start. The article, entitled ‘This Mumbai Man Ties Turbans For Sikh Characters In Bollywood Films For A Living’, captures the early days:

It was Ranbir Kapoor who gave Jaspreet – or Jassi as his family and friends know him – the name “turbanator” during the shoot of Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009). The Shimit Amin venture was Jaspreet’s third as a turban-tying professional. The first was Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), which he landed by sheer chance.

“A friend told me that the film’s crew wants someone to tie a turban on a Sikh character. It was an immediate requirement and I went for it, thinking I would help them out,” he says in a telephonic chat with ScoopWhoop News.

Jaspreet found himself going on the set for four consecutive days and the experience was surreal.

“You don’t go to a workplace expecting to see Shah Rukh Khan. I had a very small part to play at the shoot, but I watched everything wide-eyed,” Singh laughs.

The best part – he was paid Rs 800 a day for something he did not think qualified as a ‘job’.

“I was just a college student then. Imagine my joy!” said Jaspreet, a BCom graduate from Guru Nanak Khalsa college in Matunga.

The next year, another Yash Raj film featured a Sikh character – Rani Mukherjee in Dil Bole Hadippa! The production house called Jaspreet again. A few months later, he was back for Rocket Singh, which Jaspreet says proved to be life-changing.

“Rarely does the protagonist, that too an A-lister star, sports a turban the entire length of the film. It was an amazing experience – I got to work with Ranbir Kapoor closely, the shoot went on for four months which means good money and my turban tying skills were really put to test.”

“I got a lot of compliments for the film, including some generous ones from Ranbir,” Jaspreet says.

Read full story here.


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