Amitabh Bachchan broke the internet recently with a teaser of his look in his upcoming film, Gulabo Sitabo, co-starring Ayushmann Khurana and Nalneesh Neel,
in which Big B plays the role of a quirky old man. The incredible make up and costume work on him has rendered him completely unrecognizable and very aptly looking his part, much to everyone’s delight. But this is not the first time in Bollywood that the demands of a role have completely changed the actor’s look. Here are a few other transformations from Hindi films that were incredible.
1) Rajkummar Rao in Raabta (2017)
Make up and prosthetics turned a 32-year-old actor into Mohak, a 324-year-old Rajput king. Could you have guessed who it was if you had not been told?
2) Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 (2006)
Hunky Hrithik tends to turn heads wherever he goes, but his old man and old lady disguises from Dhoom 2 made even the most blasé amongst us do a double take at how extreme and extremely convincing his makeovers were.
3) Amitabh Bachchan in Paa (2009)
Perhaps the most reality-defying of them all was 66-year-old Big B’s transformation into Auro, the 12-year-old kid with progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes abnormally fast aging in a child’s body.
4) Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar in Robot 2.0 (2018)
Sexist attitudes in the film industry may have tried to keep women out but they could not keep the amazing talent of make-up artist Banu from shining through. The only female in the trade when Rajnikanth-starrer Robot was released, she has been responsible for all of Rajnikanth’s looks in the Robot film enterprise, including Chitti, as well as Akshay’s badass transformation as Pakshi Rajan
5) Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) (2016)
There are times when the sheer presence of a known personality affects the perception of the role they are playing in a film. In Kapoor & Sons, Rishi Kapoor fully entered into his role as ‘Dadu’, leaving his persona behind with a little help from make-up that completely changed his facial structure.
6) Aishwarya Rai in Sarbjit (2016)
Making the ethereally beautiful former Miss World Aishwarya Rai look like a world-weary working class woman fighting the Indian system for justice for her wrongfully convicted brother could not have been easy. But Bollywood made Dalbir Kaur come to life nonetheless.