Two to tango

MAMTA GAU­TAM, 30 AND RA­JIV SUBBA, 30, En­trepreneurs

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI -

Grad­u­at­ing from National In­sti­tute of De­sign usu­ally means a bright fu­ture, work­ing with some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try. But class­mates Mamta Gau­tam, an ar­chi­tect and Ra­jiv Subba, a sculp­tor, de­cided to get their hands dirty in­stead. The two joined forces and with the help of their alma mater and National De­sign Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tor (NDBI) formed their own com­pany, Dirty Hands in 2008.

IT’S DIF­FER­ENT Dirty Hands, a stu­dio that deals with de­sign, struc­ture, and hy­per re­al­ism is the only place in In­dia cre­at­ing life-size sil­i­con man­nequins. These man­nequins can be used to repli­cate a real scene, es­pe­cially in movies where they can be used in­stead of a body dou­ble.they have even im­pressed Bol­ly­wood with their work. “We are cre­at­ing struc­tures for three films by a well known di­rec­tor,” says Ra­jiv, a sculp­tor.

BOL­LY­WOOD LESSONS They chose this medium as it opened a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties in front of them. Us­ing sil­i­con is not easy, “We had to get the sil­i­con from abroad and there was no one to teach us how to go about it. In­ter­net helped pave the way and we learnt fast,” says Ra­jiv. The sub­stance is ex­pen­sive and the process is cum­ber­some. “Pro­duc­ing one life-size man­nequin takes about two months,” he says. The firm is also get­ting into med­i­cal pros­thet­ics with sil­i­con. “We are work­ing at build­ing life like body parts,” he says. “The tex­ture, colour and even pat­terns of body hair will be as close to the real thing as pos­si­ble.”

NEXT “Not much is be­ing done for the ease of the se­nior cit­i­zens,” says Mamta, “We are plan­ning to cre­ate items like toi­let seats and shower ar­eas for the con­ve­nience of the older peo­ple .”


sec­ond opinion “They are young, dy­namic and have cho­sen a unique branch of

de­sign. To­gether, they are do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well.”


“No­body was do­ing any­thing with this very use­ful sub­stance, so we de­cided to

ex­plore its util­ity”

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