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18 April 2024

When Bollywood stars get real...


There are the things Bollywood actors do for a role.

To make any film successful, the correct portrayal of the character is important. The more realistic and grounded the character is the audience identifies with the film. The young brigade from Bollywood seems to have understood the formula and they are going all out to ensure that they are making their character as close to perfect and effective as well. 

Imran Khan in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola 

Take Imran Khan for instance, who went to Delhi and stayed in the capital because his character Matru from the film Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola was a Haryanvi. And it wasn’t easy for a London bred-Imran to get into character and tonality without that.

Says Imran Khan, “I will not lie, but then the task on hand was very tough. I went off to Delhi for three months and stayed there. Every city and village has a different style and accent and I had to master the one required for this film. This is not like any other film where one reads a script and delivers the lines. I needed the tight accent for it.”

Farhan Akthar in Milkha Singh 

Actor-turned director Farhan Akhtar has also left no track unraced to become athlete Milkha Singh. To bring the character close to reality Farhan underwent rigorous training. He also undertook training exclusive to athletes only which included The Lydiard Hill Training Workout, Altitude Training and cycling. After he completed the training, Farhan barely looked like a Bollywood actor and was more of an athlete.

Ranveer Singh in Ram Leela

Newcomer Ranveer Singh hasn’t spent much time in Bollywood, but even he wants to spend proper time getting into character. For Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Ram Leela Ranveer plays a Gujarati Romeo. For a boy from Delhi, the Gujarati language and culture are both new, but he learnt the ropes well.

If Ranveer has become an expert in Gujarati, for the Juliet from the film Deepika Padukone a Gujarati character was a challenge again., She may be senior to Ranveer, but she pays a character like this for the first time. 

Alia Bhatt in 2 States  

Newbie Alia Bhatt faces a similar challenge for the film 2 States where she plays a Tamil Iyengar girl. For Mumbai’s Alia Bhatt, the Tamil culture is not easy. Alia has enlisted the services of a Tamil teacher for the same.

While the audiences are getting more aware of cinema and efforts being put into films, actors too are forced to put in more efforts to ensure that they live up to the expectations of their fans.