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Lessons from Bollywood: Wearing wigs like AB, Rekha & Ash!

Last updated on: June 07, 2016 18:23 IST

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One could write a coffee table book on Bollywood wigs alone, there's such a surfeit of them.

Acting is all about role-playing and the sheer variety our stars have to offer in the hairpiece department is overwhelming, to say the least.

Whether to cover a bald head or let your hair down, one can learn (and unlearn) a great deal about the art from Hindi movies. Take a look.

 

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone

IMAGE: Sunny Leone in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

Every woman wants to be Marilyn Monroe but few can channel her oomph or silver hair like Sunny Leone in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai.

 

Rekha

Rekha

IMAGE: Rekha in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi

Why waste money in dyeing those locks blonde when you can sport sleek, straight hair like Rekha as a Canada-residing desi in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi?

 

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor Khan

IMAGE: Kareena Kapoor in Khushi

Long before Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga worked the Afro, Bebo attempted a bizarre black and white mix in Khushi.

 

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan

IMAGE: Aamir Khan in Baazi

They say 'girls just wanna have fun.' Sometimes, guys do too. By pretending to be a girl. Remember Aamir Khan's Dole dole moment and those gazillion curls in Baazi?

 

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

IMAGE: Amitabh Bachchan in The Great Gambler

We don't know what's more authentic about Amitabh Bachchan's hippie avatar in The Great Gambler -- his curly blonde mop or his phirang accent.

 

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

IMAGE: Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om

Deepika Padukone rocks a retro wig, the kind that transformed Asha Parekh and Sharmila Tagore from dainty to diva within seconds, in Om Shanti Om.

 

Helen

Helen

IMAGE: Helen in Yaar Mere

Of course, Helen is the real deal, the uncrowned queen of cabaret, costumes and hairpieces, sizzling in yet another elaborate flaxen coif for a number in Yaar Mere.

 

Reena Roy

Reena Roy

IMAGE: Reena Roy in Madhosh

Reena Roy tries to juggle the bold, the beautiful (and the bizarre) with her rolled hair wig in Madhosh, but comes off looking more poodle than pretty.

 

Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit-Nene

IMAGE: Madhuri Dixit-Nene in Yaarana

While on bad wigs, here's Madhuri Dixit trying to pass off as a vampire, er, videshi, in a badly trimmed, tacky orange hairpiece in an equally shabby movie named Yaarana.

 

Saira Banu

Saira Banu

IMAGE: Saira Banu in Purab Aur Paschim

And there's Purab Aur Paschim's effortlessly hot Saira Banu doing a Brigitte Bardot in her glossy blonde avatar.

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

IMAGE: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Robot

The world may not be ready for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's purple lips but the Robot girl sure knows how to nail the futuristic belle look in a silver streaked bob.

 

Dharmendra

Dharmendra

IMAGE: Dharmendra in Chunaoti

One look at Dharmendra in Chunaoti and you know where No Place For Old Men's Javier Bardem got his inspiration.

 

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta

IMAGE: Preity Zinta in Jaan-E-Mann

Remember the time when Preity Zinta's bubbliness rubbed off on her platinum blonde wig as well in the final scene of Jaan-E-Mann?

 

Pran

Pran

IMAGE: Pran in Don

The king of get-ups, villain Pran has sported numerous looks in his movies. But his Greco Roman wig in Don defines attention grabbing.

 

Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah

IMAGE: Naseeruddin Shah in Jackpot

If Rapunzel were a man with silver tresses, he'd probably look like Naseeruddin Shah sporting these fierce platinum dreadlocks in Jackpot and The Blueberry Hunt.

 

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

IMAGE: Priyanka Chopra in Love Story 2050

Unlike Katrina Kaif who dyed her hair red for the dud Fitoor, Priyanka Chopra smartly invested in a disposable wig in an even brighter shade for the equally forgettable Love Story 2050.

 

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt

IMAGE: Sanjay Dutt in Kartoos

How not to wear long hair? Sanjay Dutt's half-way Rastafarian in Kartoos is a complete mess.

 

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor

IMAGE: Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar

How to wear long hair? Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar look and strategically unruly mane lives up to its reputation.

 

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

IMAGE: Anushka Sharma in PK

Want to enjoy the benefits of seriously short hair without losing a single strand? Buy a pixie cut wig like Anushka Sharma in PK.

 

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

IMAGE: Salman Khan in Tere Naam

Salman Khan recreates Kishore Kumar's Padosan hair in Tere Naam. The result is hilarious but catches on like a rage.

 

Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor

IMAGE: Shammi Kapoor in Janwar

On the other hand, Shammi Kapoor tries to do a Beatle in Janwar and the response is anything but yahoo.

 

Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor

Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan

IMAGE: Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Tashan

The Tashan troika -- Akshay, Saif and Kareena -- let their fake hair down in what looks a lot like Shane Warne, Hulk Hogan and Pamela Anderson.

 

Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri

IMAGE: Amrish Puri in Mr India, Loha , Haatim Tai and 

Amrish Puri's wigs are stuff legendary collectibles are made of. Mohawk, Caesarian, plaits, punk or ponytails -- Bollywood's ultimate villain has worn them all.