Jaywant Thakrey started his career in 1980, at the tender age of 15 by assisting the well-known make-up artiste of Marathi Theatre, Babulnath Kuterkar. After a year he joined as the fifth assistant for the famous make-up artiste, Jayanti Shevale. Between the year 1980 and 1985, he associated himself with the prestigious Rajshri Productions and worked extensively on films like Raksha Bandhan, Sun Meri Laila, Saransh, and Abodh. It was during this period that Jaywant had the fortune of meeting make-up maestro Sarosh Modi, who took him on as an assistant. This period was by far the most productive phase of Jaywant's career as he learnt a lot under Sarosh Modi's guidance. Thakrey worked with Modi on the famous Television show, Buniyaad which continued on Indian television for over 1\2 years. Impressed by Jaywant's work, Ramesh Sippy hired him for two of his subsequent feature films, Zameen and Bhrashtachaar. Thakrey had the fortune of working with the Southern mega star Rajnikanth during this period.

Jaywant Thakrey's
client list is the who's who of Bollywood. Starting with Kiran Joneja and Ranjeeta, Thakrey managed to sustain himself to work with three generations. His clientile includes Hema Malini to Sridevi to Madhuri Dixit to Karisma Kapoor to Rani Mukherjee to Kareena Kapoor to Esha Deol and Neha Dhupia. Name a leading lady in films today and chances are that Jaywant Thakrey has done make up for her. He has also been a part of prestigious films like Bombay, Agnisakshi, Gupt, Akele Hum Akele Tum , Mann, Duplicate, Dil Aashna Hai, Pardes, Socha Na Tha, Humraaz, Golmaal 2, Mast, Daud, Dil, Maange More, Anthony Kaun Hai, Maai, Hindustani, Bhai, Mai Hoon Na, Gaddar, Veer, Jo Bole Sau Nihal, Salam e Ishque, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Lajja, Devdas, Hasina Maan Jayegi, Biwi No 1, Shaadi No 1, Kunwara, Gajagamini... He has also worked on Kaho Na Pyaar Hai for Amisha Patel, Barsaat for Twinkle Khanna, Gadar for Amisha Patel, Humraaz for Amisha Patel, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham for Kareena Kapoor, Raja Hindustani for Karishma Kapoor, Pardes for Mahima Chaudhary, Main Prem ki Diwani Hoon for Kareena Kapoor, Janam Samja Karo for Urmila Matondker, Devdas for Madhuri Dixit, Kismet Konnection, Manisha Koirala for Gupt, Madhuri Dixit for Gajagamini, Dhadhkan and many more.

During this stellar two decade career Jaywant Thakrey has been awarded several honours including IFFA Award for the best make up for Madhuri Dixit for DEVDAS, a trophy for The Best Reality Musical on Zee, Sa Re Ga MA Pa. Jaywant has been active in the television industry through his shows like two seasons for Nach Baliye, Chote Ustad for Star, Kishore for Sony TV, one more Wedding Show for Madhuri Dixit for Sony TV.

Jaywant Thakrey continues to work relentlessly even today and is all set to conquer new horizons.

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