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“I can't think of anything worse than everyone staring at me."
"I can't think of anything better!”
―Shankar and Rajiv

Shankar's Makeover is the sixth episode of the twenty-fourth series.


Thomas convinces Shankar into entering the Fancy Costume Contest, even though Shankar does not want the spotlight on him. When the attention becomes too much for Shankar, he shouts that he did not want to enter the contest in the first place. Charubala softly tells him he did not have to if he did not want to, and Thomas admits that it was his fault for convincing Shankar into going to the contest. Shankar happily goes back to doing what he does best—shunting.



Voice Cast

UK and AUS

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv and an Indian Troublesome Truck
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar, the Announcer and the Judge
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan, an Indian Troublesome Truck and Charubala


  • This episode marks the last and only of a few things:
    • Ashima, Rajiv, Shankar, Noor Jehan and Charubala's last appearances and speaking roles to date.
    • The only episode to have Shankar as a main character.
    • The only appearance of India in the twenty-fourth series and the last appearance of India overall.
  • This is currently the only India-based episode not to feature Varkala Railway Station.
  • The orange truck with Shankar's decorations inside is the same model as a sentient Indian truck with the face removed. This is noticeable by the lack of details where the face would originally be.
  • Thomas' elephant costume might be a reference to the Thomas' Magical Birthday Wishes video, Thomas the Elephant.
  • The events of the episode would be referenced by Thomas in Thomas' Animal Friends.


  • Shankar's face mask disappears in between shots after it falls off.
  • Shankar's trucks switch into different tracks despite the points not switching.

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In Other Languages

Language Title
Italian La Gara Dei Fantastici Costumi
Spanish La Transformación de Shankar

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