The secret behind Priyanka and Aamir's wrinkles
Acting is all about transformation. Even the most perfect faces are no good unless they hold true to the character they portray. And that's what makes prosthetic makeup so indispensable.
Gone are the days when stars slipped into cheap get-ups to conceal their real self. With the increase of prosthetic makeup, whether to age, appear fearsome or undergo a drastic makeover, filmmakers are encouraged to think out of the box situations and stories.
Bollywood, too, boasts of some grand examples of this trend. Here's a look at some of our actors at their unrecognizable best.
Priyanka Chopra, 7 Khoon Maaf
Playing a 65-year-old woman when you're only 28 isn't a walk in the park, especially when she happens to be someone who's killed all of her seven husbands.
Priyanka Chopra gets by with a little help from the makeup team of Drag Studio, responsible for Brad Pitt's stunning transformation in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in Vishal Bhardwaj's eagerly awaited 7 Khoon Maaf.
Given that PC ages from 20 to 65 in the film, the experience was understandably grueling for her.
Image: A scene from 7 Khoon Maaf
Amitabh Bachchan, Paa
It's not every day an actor in his late 60s is offered a role that requires him to play a 13-year-old.
Filmmaker R Balki, however, made Big B a (rather unusual) offer he couldn't refuse. As the Progeria-afflicted Auro, Bachchan ages rapidly and sports a peculiar look, aided by prosthetic makeup and special dentures designed by Hollywood's Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till.
The procedure took several hours during which AB could neither eat nor talk. Bet the acclaim that followed more than made up for the ordeal.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Paa
Darshan Jariwala, Gandhi, My Father
Image: Darshan Jariwala in Gandhi, My Father