From Shahenshah to Paa, Big B's experiments with his looks

Amitabh's movies showed his versatility as an actor. But even more fascinating about his performances is that Amitabh Bachchan never shied away from playing with his appearance in order to portray the characters he played.
Amitabh Bachchan in 'Shahenshah' and 'Paa'
Amitabh Bachchan in 'Shahenshah' and 'Paa'Screengrab

MUMBAI : In his acting career of over 50 years, Big B has delivered memorable films, famous roles and dialogues that have become part of people’s daily lives.

His blockbusters- Zanjeer, Namak Haraam, Deewar, Chupke Chupke, Sholay, Coolie, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Lakshya, Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, Bhootnath.

Amitabh's movies showed his versatility as an actor. But even more fascinating about his performances is that Amitabh Bachchan never shied away from playing with his appearance in order to portray the characters he played.

From playing a 12-year-old child suffering from progeria at the age of 67 to 102-year-old man in the movie he has essayed characters across ages.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, let's take a look at a films where the megastar has experimented with his looks.

DESH PREMEE

In Manmohan Desai’s directorial ‘Desh Premee’, Big B portrayed the role of Master Dinanath, a liberation warrior during the pre-Independence era. He also played a dual role by playing his kid in the film, whose name was Raju.

LAAWARIS

In the movie ‘Laawaris’, Amitabh got into the character of woman. He wore women's clothing including sarees, lehengas and salwar suits for the song 'Mere Angne Mein.’

SHAHENSHAH

In the film Shahenshah, the 80-year-old actor switched from a not-so-brave police officer to a man armed with an iron hand to fight crime. The movie and his look were appreciated by the audience.

JHOOM BARABAR

Amitabh Bachchan had a short role in the ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ movie and he appeared as Sutradhar in the title song. He experimented with his look for the song and everyone admired his bohemian style.

THE LAST LETTER

The megastar has not only experiments with his clothes for the film but with his hair as well. Big B had a grey-coloured blunt hairstyle in Rituporna Ghosh’s ‘The Last Lear’ film.

PAA

In the movie ‘Paa’, Amitabh played a 12-year-old child named Auro, with progeria. And he donned a bald look for his character. For the first time in movie history, Abhishek Bachchan portrayed the role of father to his real-life father in the movie.

102 NOT OUT

In the film ‘102 Not Out’, Amitabh Bachchan played Dattatraya Vakharia, a 102-year-old man who is the father of Rishi Kapoor, who essayed the role of Babulal Vakharia, a 76-year-old man. The film also featured the late veteran actor Rishi Kapoor.

THUGS OF HINDOSTAN

The iconic actor portrayed Khudabaksh Azaad, a courageous warrior under the British era in India, in the 2018 film’ Thugs of Hindostan’. He donned a never seen avatar for this film.

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