It's not just the good old days when actors such as Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Manoj Kumar and Kishore Kumar wowed audiences with more than just their acting abilities. Today's set of actors and actresses too boast of skills such as choreography, playback singing and dialogue writing. HitList tells you about the lesser-known talents of some of the leading names in tinseltown.
Shah Rukh Khan
It is known that SRK, who played the main lead in Farah Khan's directorial debut, Om Shanti Om, also directed some of its action sequences.
Apart from acting in Anil Sharma's Veer and Deepak Shivdasani's Baaghi, the superstar has also written the stories for these two films.
She is said to love writing and is currently studying cinema in New York. The actress, who aspires to direct a film one day, has been credited with writing dialogues for her film, Queen, along with Anvita Dutt.
Anurag Kashyap's interpretation of Devdas in Dev D was in fact Abhay Deol's concept which was later developed by the director. Abhay also played the lead role in the film.
Farhan's multi-faceted personality has won him recognition time and again. For instance, he wrote dialogues and starred in the film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara. In another film, for Rock On, Farhan lent his voice and his acting talent.
Ghoomketu, which will be Nawazuddin's first comedy film, will see him write one liners for the film's promos.
This 20-year-old actress has not only played the main lead in Imtiaz Ali's film Highway but she has also sung a song in the film. Music composer A R Rahman has shot a music video with her for the film's promotion.
Ayesha bagged her first movie role when she met Shilpa Shetty as part of a styling assignment. The latter has now offered her the lead role in her film Dhishkyon opposite Harman Baweja. Ayesha has earlier styled for films such as Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. She will continue styling.
Warsi started his career as an assistant choreographer; he choreographed the title song of the film, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. In his latest film, Joe B Carvalho – also his business manager Bhola Malaviya's first as producer - the actor choreographed all the songs in the film.
This singer makes her debut as an actor in Nagesh Kukunoor's film, Lakshmi that releases this year. She has also sung songs in the film.
The actress, who made her debut with Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, has been credited for writing dialogues for some portions in the film. The film also starred Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The action hero did a cameo in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullett Raja and even choreographed the action scenes in the film. Vidyut got credit accordingly.