Metamorphosis Of Bollywood

We take a look at Bollywood transformations - 2014 being the most epic year so far for drastic changes...

Posted: 22.12.14

Gone are the days of Bollywood when actors’ main requirement was to simply perform as they were, since the audience was not so critical and more accepting. The biggest film industry in the world has stepped into a new era altogether, where competition is so rife that expectations are higher than ever before. We are living in times where aesthetic concepts such as size zero, six packs and plastic surgery have become ordinary but vital ingredients to becoming a star.

Inevitably, in this ambitious field, people vying for the precious limelight have had no choice but to succumb to such notions. Fashionista Sonam Kapoor, mast aankein Sonakshi Sinha and puppy dog eyed Arjun Kapoor are all young debutantes who lost weight before joining the movies.

It has now become the norm for actors of various calibre to dramatically transform their appearance in order to adapt to their role. Yet, not all changes acquire a positive reception by fans, for instance Kareena Kapoor’s worked hard at attaining her size zero look for Tashaan, her curvaceous and buxom figure was preferred. Following her exceptional performances in Band, Baaja Baarat and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Anushka Sharma gave into celebrity pressure by undergoing plastic surgery, significantly changing her look, creating an ironic backlash of criticism and retraction of movie offers.

We love Bollywood for its exaggerations and flamboyance, so imagine our delight when 48 year old Shah Rukh Khan recently revealed his impeccable greased up eight pack for new release Happy New Year, setting a whole new precedent of fitness. Considering the success and glory acclaimed from his previous mind blowing endeavour seven years ago in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om, it is no wonder that they have recreated an encore of such eye boggling magic.

After sculpting a robust physique in Dhoom 3, perfectionist Aamir Khan strives to wow the audience again for his new film P.K by Raj Kumar Hirani. Whilst this duo touched hearts in 3 Idiots, now it appears they are utilizing the shock factor which is evident from the poster, where a seemingly emancipated Aamir poses nude, simultaneously flaunting his drool inducing abs.

Even at the age of 71, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan will be experimenting his look by growing a hefty beard for his forthcoming Shamitabh. On the other extreme, Shahid Kapoor chopped off his well loved luscious locks in the desi version of Hamlet, Haider directed by Vishal Bhardwaj who also brought us Kaminey, which also starred Shahid.

Its not just the men taking the forefront of metamorphosis. The versatile Priyanka Chopra radically gained weight and muscle, looking epic in her leading role as Mary Kom, the real life Indian boxer. Defying all odds, it took her a mere 12 days to lose seven kilos for her next venture Dil Dhadkne Do.

Bionic as our awe inspiring stars appear to be, their tireless efforts and commitment are saluted. Their adoring fans truly appreciate the sumptuously pleasing to the eye scenes created.

Fariha Sabir

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