Then and Now! 20 epic photos of Bollywood actors that'll make you nostalgic

Updated: Mar 22, 2020, 11:14
  • Akshay Kumar: From Khiladi Kumar to comedy king and back, Akki has traversed a diverse path. There was a phase in the mid-90s when he was doing only action films. Priyadarshan's Hera Pheri (2000) finally turned the corner for him. Akshay further went on to carve a niche for himself with offbeat films like Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), Rustom (2016), Padman (2018) and wil be next seen in Sooryavanshi.

  • Shah Rukh Khan: He made his debut with Deewana in 1992 and has since gone on to become the Badshah of Bollywood. Although he continues to play romantic roles, he is definitely trying hands on various other genres too. SRK still has girls swooning over him!

  • Saif Ali Khan: When Chhote Nawab started out with Paramparaa (1992), he was nothing short of a disaster. His acting prowess was never lauded by audience. Until Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), no one took him seriously as an actor. In that sense, Saif has come a long way. He is today among the suavest stars in Bollywood, sort of a style icon. His acting has also improved tremendously over the last two decades and that was evident with the web-series Sacred Games.

  • Hrithik Roshan: He became the heartthrob of Bollywood post his debut in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) as girls went crazy over his dashing looks. Hrithik has consistently managed to sustain himself at the top, while Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008) were big hits. For a leading star yet to cross 45, he looks hotter than before. His performances in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2013) and Kaabil (2017) were well received.

  • Aamir Khan: Aamir rose to fame as the chocolate boy in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), but over the years has gained fame as the perfectionist. In the meantime, his cute looks have given way to a brawnier one. In fact, women swoon over his new salt-n-pepper look!

  • Sunny Deol: It has been around 35 years since 'Betaab' (1983) released. From the boy next door, Sunny has gone on to become the ultimate action hero in the period. With fresher faces coming in, he has lost out in the race post the 2000s. Sunny hasn't given up hope though. He made quite an impression with 'Ghayal Once Again' in 2016 and was seen in - the much delayed - Mohalla Assi and Bhaiaji Superhit, both flopped at the Box Office.

  • Sanjay Dutt: He has been around for a real long time, starting with 'Rocky' in 1981. From the thin guy of the 80s, Dutt went on to become a macho star of the 90s. Although 50 plus, we think like wine, he keeps getting better with age.

  • Salman Khan: He became an overnight sensation post the release of Maine Pyaar Kiya. After a topsy-turvy ride, Salman has now settled nicely into his rediscovered superstardom. Back in the 90s, he was rather lean, but even at 54 today, Bollywood's resident 'Tiger' is among the fittest in the business.

  • Suniel Shetty: He made his name as an action hero with his debut film Balwaan (1992). He has dabbled with comedy and romance, albeit with limited success. Although no longer a sought-after star, Shetty remains among the fittest men in Bollywood, on par with his action hero image.

  • Jackie Shroff: The original 'Hero' (1983) of Bollywood, at Jackie's peak in the late 80s and early 90s, he was a bankable star, who could make a significant impact with his characters. That's certainly becoming the case for his son Tiger Shroff.

  • Anil Kapoor: The 'jhakaas' star of Bollywood has certainly refined himself with age. Having made a name for himself as a tapori character in the 80s, Kapoor became an international star post-Slumdog Millionaire (2008), even playing a part in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

  • Akshaye Khanna: The long-haired Khanna, who made his debut with 'Himalay Putra' in 1997, is a far cry from the semi-bald yet highly-rated actor of present times. Even though Khanna isn't a superstar per se, he is among the rare breed of actors who barely does poor acting, even if it's a flop film. He impressed moviegoers and critics in the films Mom and Ittefaq (both 2017 releases).

  • Ajay Devgn: He made his mark as an action star in the 90s, taking Bollywood by storm with Phool Aur Kaante (1991). Ajay's drab looks in his earlier films were often panned, though many found it sexy! Over the years though he has managed a complete makeover, he is today among the most versatile stars in the industry.

  • Bobby Deol: The younger of Dharmendra's sons, he's never quite set the stage on fire with his acting. Following an unconvincing debut with Barsaat, he showed potential in Gupt (1997) and Soldier (1998) before fading away from the scene. He had made a smashing Bollywood comeback with the multi-starrer Race 3 and Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se.

  • Irrfan Khan: The actor, as a person, serves as an inspiration to many. Often berated for his unconventional looks, Khan did many bit roles in the 80s and 90s before finally gaining recognition with Haasil (2003), in which he played the main negative character. His performance in Hindi Medium (2017) was praised by audiences and critics alike.

  • Prabhu Deva: India's Michael Jackson, he took Bollywood by storm with his crazy dancing moves in 'Hum Se Hain Muqabla' (1994). In recent years, he's gained fame as the director of hit action films like 'Wanted' and 'Rowdy Rathore'. Even after all these years, Deva looks almost the same with his trademark beard and trimmed crop of hair, if anything a lot more sophisticated.

  • Manoj Bajpayee: Although the versatile actor gained acclaim with Satya (1998), he did supporting roles in Bandit Queen (1994) and Tamanna (1997) before that. Bajpayee continues to play challenging characters. Looks were never his forte although he has never ceased to experiment with the same. He was seen in the crime drama Aiyaary, Baaghi 2 and Satyamev Jayate.

  • Govinda: He entered Hindi cinema back in 1986, and went on to replace Mithun Chakraborty as the dancing star of Bollywood. Govinda enjoyed a great run in the 90s, as the comedy king, aided by David Dhawan's direction. He looks very different compared to his younger days!

  • Aftab Shivdasani: A much-loved child artist, Aftab made a promising debut as male lead with Mast (1999), in which his star-obsessed character was much loved even though the film did not fare well. But, while his looks have gone from cute to dashing, his film career hasn't quite taken off although he gained popularity with the Masti film franchise.

  • Nana Patekar: As an actor, Nana hasn't changed much. He's still at his best when shoots dialogues at breakneck speed. As for his looks, he's put on a few kilos, but remains a power-packed performer as before. Patekar was seen in Rajinikanth's Kaala.

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Do you remember how some of our actors, who have been in the industry for many years, looked like when they were just starting out? We turn back the clock by charting how some big male stars looked then