Next time, if someone accuses these actors of not taking on more risky roles, shoves these films down their throats!
Bollywood actor shave often been accused of rarely venturing out of their comfort zones. It's not that the actors don't, but these different roles don't often that commercial viability as a commercial safe film does!
However, most of our actors do try to experiment with their roles once or twice, and some more than that. Sometimes they click and sometimes they don't. In the upcoming Dangal, Aamir Khan will be playing a 50-year old wrestler, while SRK plays a Gujrati bootlegger in Raees, so the huge stars are experimenting with their roles.
But there are certain roles, you would expect these actors to play even in the name of experimentation. Either these roles would be too image-changing or the you can never imagine to associate your favourite actors in such a character, but they have done those roles.
So here's a list of ten such characters, where Bollywood actors have gone beyond our expectations for experimentation from them, and played roles you would never have dreamt them of doing so. Warning, not every role listed below is great!
Priyanka Chopra - A Maneater
The Role: Sonia Mehra in Aitraaz; the wife of Akshay Kumar's boss who lusts after him and later traps him in a molestation case, when her seduction fails.
Why was it unexpected: Seriously, who expected a mainstream actress to play the role of vamp, who wants to seduce the hero only because her husband can't give it to her? But Priyanka took the risk, and gave one of the best performances of her career!
Salman Khan - an HIV patient
The Role: Rohit Manchanda in Phir Milenge; an HIV patient who unknowingly infects Shilpa Shetty during a night of lovemaking!
Why was it unexpected: Salman Khan playing an HIV patient...I repeat, Salman Khan playing an HIV patient. Is that something you expect from the actor known for his roles in Dabanng, Ready and Jai Ho? Also, if you still belive that Salman can't act, you should see his death scene in the movie. The only time I cried when I saw Salman Khan act...and no, they were not because of laughing too much!
Aamir Khan - A vengeful scorned lover who lets his object of affection get lynched and presumably raped
The Role: Dil Navaz in 1947 Earth; a candy man during the Indo-Pak partition who lets the angry Muslim mob lynch and carry away the girl he loved, only because she loved someone else.
Why was it unexpected: Aamir Khan is known to play diverse roles, but most of them are heroic. Here's for the time he is playing a despicable character, whom we can never quite forgive for what he did to Nandita Das' character, and also for shattering the innocence of that little girl, whose trust he breaks!
Amitabh Bachchan - a man who lusts after his daughter's friend
The Role: Vijay in Nishabd; a photographer who gets attracted to his young daughter's friend, and is ready to forsake his happy family life for her.
Why was it unexpected: Amitabh Bachchan may have been a part of couple of extra-marital family drama like Silsila. But you would never expect the senior actor to be shown lusting after a girl almost his grand-daughter's age. But the actor was up for the challenge, and gave of his most under-rated performances in this RGV film.
Shah Rukh Khan - Coach of Indian National hockey team for girls, who doesn't romance any.
The Role: Kabir Khan from Chak De India; the tainted coach of the Women's national hockey team, who is more interested in winning that gold medal than getting seduced by any of the players
Why was it unexpected: I could have used any of his villainous roles here, but them I realised all those were just darker shades of his romantic avatars (Darr, Anjaam, Baazigar). He is known for his trademark pose of raising his hands, as if welcoming you for a hug. However, in Chak De India, the only time he raises his hand was to almost slap a girl!
Vidya Balan - Silk Smita (okay...fine, only Silk!)
The Role: Silk in The Dirty Picture; the seductress who has a part of many '80s movies and involved in some huge affairs, before it got too much for her, leading to the death of her career and life.
Why was it unexpected: Vidya Balan was known for her homely image. However, the brazen in-your-face sexuality in TDP was not something you expected from Parineeta actress. Forget Vidya, you would never have expected any of the top-line heroine to take that role!
Varun Dhawan - A 40-year old killer
The Role: Raghu in Badlapur; a revenge driven man who will go any far to make sure he avenges the death of his wife and child. Even if it meant killing an innocent woman and sodomizing another...
Why was it unexpected: Badlapur came after Varun acted in Student of the Year, Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania - all light-hearted romances, where he played his age. In Badlapur, not only does he go through an age-transformation, but even his character changes from sympathetic to disgusting, as he delves too far in his quest for revenge!
Tabu - a woman raped by ghosts!
The Role: Sanjana in Hawa; a poor victim who is molested daily by pervy spirits!
Why was it unexpected: Who would believe that a two time National award winning actress would allow herself to get so humiliated by badly done CGI ghosts! Unfortunately for us, Hawa still exists!
Riteish Deshmukh - A psychopath
The Role: Rakesh Mahadkar in Ek Villian; an insurance agent who moonlights as a serial-killer out to kill all the women who have offended him!
Why was it unexpected: If you check out Riteish's filmography, you would know that he is known for roles where he is a goofy sidekick or a motormouth con artistes in comic capers. He may have done serious roles as well, but no would have expected him to play a psycho, that too so well.
Saif Ali Khan - An uncouth, not-so-god looking, abuse-spewing Bihari gangster
The Role: Langda Tyagi in Omkara, a jealous aide to Ajay Devgn's Omakara who fills his mind with poison about his beautiful wife, that results in tragic consequences!
Why was it unexpected: Before Omkara, Saif Ali Khan was more known for his urbane characters like in Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum and Kal Ho Naa Ho. Yet, he nailed the Bihari baddie so perfectly, that it remained the best role of his career. Also for being the only actor in LOC- Kargil earlier to not have mouthed a single swear-word, he certainly over-compensates for that in Omkara!
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