Award Name : National Film Awards
Year of Award : 2014
Award for : Arts
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Vikram Gaikwad is a three time winner of Best Makeup artist at National Film awards and he won it for multiple language movies. He has won the National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist two times for the Bengali film Moner Manush in 2010 ,for his works in the Marathi film Balgandharva ,the Hindi film The Dirty Picture in 2011 and again in a Bengali film Jaatishwar in the 61st National Film Awards. Thus since 2010, he has missed only 2012 and can be regarded as the best costume designers of Indian film industry of present decade. He has also done a cameo appearance for 2012 Marathi film Tukaram. He was born in Mumbai. Gaikwad had primary schooling in Mumbai and shifted to Pune with his mother. Since childhood he wanted to do something different and had predetermined that he would never study after matriculation. Later he did many odd jobs like work in a garage. He was interested in makeup since the age of 8 and in those days he considered it as a hobby only. He got attracted to theatres because of his friend Ashok Shinde whose father Babanrao was an amazing make-up artiste. Thus he started his career by assisting Baburao Shinde, started with children's plays and then moved to musicals. He also attended the exams at Special Effects Institute of New York and Research Council of Make Up Artists Inc (RCMA), London and got opportunity to train under Rick Baker.
Gaikwad has worked in over 50 films, more than 500 ads and countless theatre productions and has spent more than 25 years in the industry. Yet it's in the recent times he has won National recognition. Saif Ali Khan's 'bahubali' look in Omkara, Ritiesh Deshmukh's much talked about three looks in the movie Apna Sapna Money Money, Arshad Warsi's Japanese act for a Domino's commercial, and Aamir Khan's Sodhiji look in the Tata Sky commercial became successful through the makeup tricks of Vikram. Can anyone forget the duplicate of Bin Laden in the Hindi satire - 'Tere Bin Laden' 'Sardar,' 'Making of Gandhi,' 'Maqbool,' 'Rang De Basanti,' 'Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,' 'The Dirty Picture,' 'Delhi -6,' 'Kaminey', 'Mausam,' 'Barfi', 'Three Idiots,' 'Omkara,' and 'Tere Bin Laden' are some of his highly acclaimed Bollywood works.