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

Updated: 14 August, 2020 08:52 IST | Nikita Wagh
  • Fardeen Khan

    Fardeen Khan: He co-debuted with actress Meghna Kothari with the 1998 film Prem Aggan, which was written, produced and directed by his father Feroz Khan. He went on to star in films such as Jungle (2000), Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001), Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Janasheen (2005), No Entry (2005), Heyy Babyy (2007), and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009). Currently out of the limelight, Fardeen was last seen on-screen in Dulha Mil Gaya, which released in 2010.

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  • Suniel Shetty

    Suniel Shetty: He made his name as an action hero with his debut film Balwaan (1992). He has dabbled in 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.

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  • Akshay Kumar

    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.

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  • Shah Rukh Khan

    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 his hand on various other genres too. SRK still has girls swooning over him!

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  • Saif Ali Khan

    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 the 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 most suave 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.

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  • Hrithik Roshan:

    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.

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  • Aamir Khan

    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 personality has given way to a brawnier one. In fact, women swoon over his new salt-n-pepper look!

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  • Sunny Deol

    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. 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, which flopped at the box office.

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  • Sanjay Dutt

    Sanjay Dutt: He has been around for a really 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 60 plus, we think like wine, he keeps getting better with age.

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  • Salman Khan

    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.

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  • Jackie Shroff

    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.

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  • Anil Kapoor

    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.

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  • Akshaye Khanna:

    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).

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  • Ajay Devgn

    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, and is today among the most versatile stars in the industry.

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  • Bobby Deol

    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.

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  • Prabhu Deva

    Prabhu Deva: India's Michael Jackson, he took Bollywood by storm with his crazy dance 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.

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  • Manoj Bajpayee

    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. He was seen in the crime drama Aiyaary, Baaghi 2 and Satyamev Jayate.

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  • Govinda

    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!

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  • Aftab Shivdasani

    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 do 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.

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  • Nana Patekar

    Nana Patekar: As an actor, Nana hasn't changed much. He's still at his best when he 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

First Published: 09 March, 2019 16:30 IST