2016: When actors worked hard to get the look right


Mumbai: From Bollywood biggies Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan to young stars like Shahid Kapoor, Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, 2016 saw Indian actors experimenting with their looks to get the on-screen characters right.

The most talked about transformations were that of three Khans of Bollywood. While Salman and Aamir went from fat to fit for their roles as wrestlers in “Sultan” and “Dangal”, Shah Rukh worked hard to look like a 25-year-old fan in “Fan”.

In “Dangal”, Aamir played the real life character of Mahavir Singh Phogat and the actor gained around 100 kgs to play the elder version of the Phogat. He than went on to lose 25 kgs to look like a wrestler in his twenties.

Salman, who has always been a fitness enthusiast, beefed up for Ali Abbas Zafar’s wrestling drama. The actor did intense workout to gain the muscle mass and followed a strict schedule.

Both the movies were set in Haryana, and apart from the physical transformation, the superstars also took diction training in the local language.

Actresses Anushka Sharma, Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra, who were part of the two movies, also trained in wrestling and worked on their Haryanvi.

For Gaurav in “Fan”, SRK took the help of prosthetics to play two different roles. International make-up artist Greg Cannom was behind the look.

Randeep Hooda, who played a coach in “Sultan,” lost around 18 kgs in just 28 days to play Sarbjit.

Aishwarya Rai, who is known for her glamorous looks, ditched make-up to play an old woman struggling to get her brother out from the jail in Pakistan in “Sarbjit”.

Another major transformation was that of Shahid for “Udta Punjab”. The actor, who surprised the audience with his efforts in “Haider,” sported a rockstar look in the film based on drug menace in Punjab.

Actor R Madhavan, who played a boxer-turned-coach in “Saala Khadoos,” also beefed up and learned boxing for the film.

One of the biggest hits of the year was “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” and Sushant Singh Rajput put his hundred pere cent to match up to Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s cricketing skills.

Even Emraan Hashmi, who essayed the role of former cricketer Mohammad Azaharuddin in “Azhar” tried to get the nuances right.

The film industry is planning to stick to the same trend next year as well with SRK sporting a unconventional kohled eyes look in “Raees” and Akshay going under heavy transformation in “2.0” among others.