When Hrithik, SRK, Akshay Hammed To The Hilt
Bollywood isn't exactly known for subtlety or realistic performances.
Every now and then, there comes a character that is too Over The Top, even by Bollywood standards. Unfortunately, when it happens, our top actors rise to the occasion, hamming their hearts out.
We decided to go back to some of the OTT moments of some actors.
Hrithik Roshan in Yaadein
When Subhash Ghai was filming Yaadein, Hrithik gained unprecedented popularity with his debut film, Kaho Na... Pyar Hai.
Subsequently, what was initially intended to be a film about a father and his three daughters, turned into a Hrithik-Kareena lust fest.
It manifested on the screen as an enthusiastic Hrithik inexplicably contorted his face and body to play a passionate lover.
He danced like a possesed spirit as a young lover in the throes of passion and pined for her through clenched teeth.
Image: Hrithik Roshan in Yaadein
Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas
Making his audience cry comes naturally to Shah Rukh Khan.
But he went the extra mile with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas.
To his perpetually moist eyes and quivering lips, he added the nervous voice of his Darr stalker. It wasn't Devdas in the film, it was just a caricature.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas
Salman Khan in Hello Brother
Salman Khan's Hero (the name of his character in the film) works for a courier company and wears colourful see-through vests.
In a tapori charcater that he's popularised over the years, Salman tried to portray a well-meaning goofball with little success. Hero talks with a weird accent and his idea of funny is outright juvenile.
Image: Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan in Hello Brother
Aamir Khan in Mela
There are several reasons why Aamir Khan's 2000 film Mela bombed at the box office.
Apart from the other lead actors in the film -- Twinkle Khanna and his younger brother Faisal Khan -- who could barely act, Aamir was disappointing, to say the least, in this Dharmesh Darshan film.
Working with a hackneyed plot, Aamir's Kishan was the epitome of male melodrama.
Image: Aamir Khan in Mela
Ajay Devgn in Rascals
Not all films can be Golmaal.
Wish someone had told Ajay Devgn that before he took up the film.
While his Golmaal character Gopal is genuinely funny in places, Rascal's Bhagat is an over-the-top man-child and is annoying at best.
Image: Ajay Devgn in Rascals
Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China
Akshay Kumar has gained a reputation of the king of bad comedies. And Chandni Chowk To China takes the place of pride in his repertoire of comedy films.
There's a difference between portraying a good-for-nothing charcater and actually being one.
We cringed as we watched him stumble through the film as Sidhu.
Image: Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China
Amitabh Bachchan in Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan
Amitabh Bachchan is one of those rare actors who's known for his impeccable diction.
But he used it to his own disadvantage in this film as a country conman, who arrives in the big city with his partner, looking for greener pastures.
Even if you manage to overlook the hideous costumes, the Big B's UP accent is a tad too over the top to ignore.
Image: Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan in Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan
Govinda in Partner
Govinda seems to be losing his comic timing.
His Partner character is supposed to be a genial geek who's looking for love, someone who invokes sympathy in the audience.
Govinda made Bhaskar, his character in the film, too pedestrian and stupid. You'd rather look away than laugh at him.
Image: Katrina Kaif and Govinda in Partner
Anil Kapoor in Tashan
Anil Kapoor, like Amitabh, tried too hard to get the proverbial UP accent right.
As Bhaiyyaji in Tashan, he's just a caricature of a don. He doesn't invoke fear or laughs.
Image: Anil Kapoor in Tashan
John Abraham in Housefull 2
John Abraham is so over-the-top in Sajid Khan's Housefull 2 that he comes across as effeminate.
The actor clearly mistook comedy for exaggerated melodrama. His gestures, expressions, body language make you laugh, but for all the wrong reasons.
Image: John Abraham in Housefull 2