In pictures: Bollywood actors who dressed in drag

Sep 01, 2014, 08:16 IST
  • In pictures: Bollywood actors who dressed in drag
    Ram Kapoor's decision to remove body hair and don an orange swimming costume in 'Humshakals' has not gone down well with his fans and he has received lot of flak for it. Turns out that Ram was not too keen to do this scene either.
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    Saif Ali Khan and Riteish Deshmukh: While Ram Kapoor's attempt at appearing womanly failed, Saif and Riteish's girly acts were the only saving grace of 'Humshakals'. They both looked pretty and comfortable in their avatars.
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  • In pictures: Bollywood actors who dressed in drag
    Shammi Kapoor: The versatile actor looked hilarious after donning the female garb for the song 'Oy Chali Chali Kaisi Hawa' in the 1963 film 'Bluffmaster'.
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    Shah Rukh Khan: The multi-talented SRK transformed into a sultry seductress for a memorable scene in the 1998 action-comedy 'Duplicate'. Shah Rukh Khan was also essaying a double role in the film, namely that of a simpleton and a psychotic gangster, which he was able to pull off with considerable ease.
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    Anil Kapoor: The actor masqueraded as a woman for a scene in the light-hearted 1998 comedy, 'Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate'. The film, which was Hrishikesh Mukherjee's last directorial venture also starred Juhi Chawla and Amrish Puri.
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    Amitabh Bachchan: Big B bowled the audience over by dressing up as three different women in the song 'Mere Angne Mein' from the 1981 film 'Laawaris'. He also did playback singing for the song himself.
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    Kishore Kumar: The funny song 'Aake Seedhi Lagi' from the 1962 film 'Half Ticket' is memorable for one thing: the rib-tickling image of Kishore Kumar dancing in drag. The song and the film are both considered comedy gems.
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    Mithun Chakraborty: Mithunda wore a woman's disguise in a funny scene from the 1990 action film 'Hum Se Na Takrana'. While the sight of Mithun Chakraborty in a saree is anything but pleasant the scene is notable for his comic timing.
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    Salman Khan: In Shirish Kunder’s debut film, 'Jaan-E-Mann', he managed to convince Salman to sport an outfit with noodle straps. But it’s Salman we are taking about here and the actor can’t run away from his image. Not only was the actor uncomfortable in his female avatar, he was also unconvincing.
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    Rishi Kapoor and Paintal: Both actors played men disguised as women in a series of funny scenes in the 1974 hit 'Rafoo Chakkar', a remake of the 1959 Hollywood classic 'Some Like It Hot'. Rishi Kapoor and Paintal kept the audience in splits with their antics in the movie.
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    Aamir Khan: Aamir did an item number in the 1995 action-thriller 'Baazi' and looked hotter and sexier than some of his fellow actresses. Recently, he dressed up as a woman for a series of commercials.
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    Akshay Kumar and Deepak Tijori: 'Khiladi' may have given Akshay his big break in 1992, but his female get-up didn't earn him any positive reactions. Akshay and co-actor Deepak Tijori's womanly act was more awful and less funny. The Khiladi seems to have learned from his mistake and hasn't repeated such an act till date.
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    Ajay Devgn: Action star Ajay too has dressed up as a girl in one of his films. He did it for his director friend Rohit Shetty's 2008 comic caper 'Golmaal Returns' but clearly didn't look anything like a woman. Luckily, both the actor and his director realised their folly and never repeated this gag in the 'Golmaal' franchise.
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    Govinda: Like the name 'Aunty No 1' suggests, Govinda played an aunty in this 1998 comedy and she sported different looks in it. With his comic timing and dancing skills, this 'aunty' was really witty.
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    Kamal Hassan: In his directorial debut, 'Chachi 420', Kamal Hassan played a brave old woman. Thanks to prosthetic makeup, the actor was unrecognisable and it was a treat to watch him play an elderly Maharashtrian woman.
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    Sanjay Dutt: In one of the scenes from the 1984 film, 'Mera Faisla', Dutt is seen sporting a salwar kameez and mang tika. Though the act was supposed to be funny, it was dreadful to see the actor in women's outfits.
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    Shahid Kapoor: This long stuck 2010 release, 'Milenge Milenge' starring Shahid and Kareena Kapoor didn't get good reviews and Shahid's avatar as a woman in some scenes didn't help either.
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    Javed Jaaferi and Shreyas Talpade: Both Javed and Shreyas promoted their 2009 film 'Paying Guests' by dressing up as women. While Shreyas did manage to draw some smiles, Javed, with his shocking blond hair and tracksuit, made no impact whatsoever as a girl.
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About The Gallery

Passing off as a woman is not something every actor can pull off. Ram Kapoor's recent 'Humshakals' 'bikini act' wasn't well-received. On his birthday, we look at other actors, who have donned the feminine garb. While some have succeeded, others failed

 

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