In Pictures: 17 challenging roles played by Bollywood actors

Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 12:38
  • In Pictures: 17 challenging roles played by Bollywood actors
    Hrithik Roshan in 'Kaabil': He has played rather difficult characters in his career - paraplegic in 'Guzaarish', man-child ('Koi Mil Gaya') etc. The actor brings the same sort of skill and earnestness to the role of an under-stated yet raging blind man in 'Kaabil' out to seek revenge
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    Ranbir Kapoor: He plays the lead role in Anurag Basu's 'Barfi'
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    Priyanka Chopra, also in Barfi: She plays the character of Jhilmil, a girl who suffers from autism
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    Amitabh Bachchan in Paa: As Auro, Big B gets into the character of a 12-year-old, who suffers from a rare medical condition called progeria, in which ageing in children accelerates significantly
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    Rani Mukerji in Black: The film revolves around a blind and deaf girl (Rani Mukerji), who is trained by a teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan) using unconventional methods. Sahai himself later suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Shah Rukh Khan in My Name Is Khan: Karan Johar's film had SRK playing a Muslim man (Rizwan Khan) living in the USA, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. Khan's life is torn apart in post-9/11 America, but he picks up the pieces not allowing his disease to be a handicap
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    Aamir Khan in Ghajini: Khan portrays the role of a businessman Sanjay Singhania, who develops anterograde amnesia following a violent encounter. Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia
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    Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya: Hrithik's portrayal of a developmentally disabled youth, whose intelligence does not match his age, not only revived the actor's sinking career, but also gave Bollywood one its most lovable characters. As Rohit, Hrithik did complete justice to the challenging role
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    Ajay Devgn in Main Aisa Hi Hoon: The film failed at the box office, but as the mentally challenged Indraneel Thakur, who works as a waiter and raises his daughter Gungun (Rucha Vaidya) as a single parent, Devgn won many hearts. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish: In this Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, the actor plays Ethan Mascarenhas, a former magician who is paralysed from neck down following an accident. The film deals with the theme of euthanasia (mercy killing). Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiyaa: As Avni, a woman suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, an illness that affects the person's identity, making them think they are someone else, Vidya gets into the skin of the character. The climax which has Vidya exorcising her demons is the high point of the film. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Konkona Sen Sharma in 15 Park Avenue: This National Award winning film had the versatile Konkona playing a schizophrenic, who lives in an imaginary world with her husband and five children though she is never married. Konkona's realistic portrayal of the character remains among her best till date
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    Sanjeev Kumar in Koshish: In one of Indian cinema's finest performances ever, Kumar (as Hari Charan Mathur) portrays the character of a deaf and mute person who, along with his wife Aarti (Jaya Bhaduri) -- who also cannot talk or hear -- tries to lead a normal life in a society that lacks sensitivity
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    Sridevi in Sadma: In her best performance ever, Sridevi excels as Nehalata, a young lady who becomes autistic following a severe car accident in which she badly injures her head
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    Kamal Haasan in Pushpak: Unlike the earlier characters, the versatile actor doesn't suffer from any handicap in this film. But, Haasan's brilliant performance as an unemployed youth, who assumes the identity of a millionaire, is among the most challenging characters ever portrayed considering this was a silent film
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    Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas in Khamoshi - The Musical: This 1996 flick saw the two versatile actors as a deaf and mute couple, who live in Goa. The film mainly deals around their relationship with their daughter Annie (Manisha Koirala), who can speak as well as listen
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    Salman Khan in Kyon Ki: As a mentally ill patient, Salman's portrayal of Anand, who becomes violent abruptly, is unconvincing. Not surprisingly, the film was a box office failure. Pic/ Santa Banta
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In this week's release 'Kaabil', Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan plays the role of a visually-impaired man out to seek revenge. Here's a look at some challenging characters portrayed by actors over the years

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