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Lessons from Bollywood: How to use a mirror

Last updated on: February 22, 2016 17:47 IST
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We give you 20 informative ways.

Here's a quick riddle.

Actors can spend hours in front of it. They adore it; almost worship it as much as themselves. Especially when they are looking right into it.

They're also terrified of what it may reveal.

What is it?

You guessed right: it's the mirror.

Whether it's on the wall or vanity van, movie stars cannot have enough of it.

We can see glimpses of this fixation on celluloid too. Here are umpteen examples of the variety of activities you can do in front of the mirror courtesy the one and only Bollywood.

Amar Akbar Anthony

Amitabh Bachchan

Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Amar Akbar Anthony

Admonish your sloshed, spanked reflection and repeatedly remind it to never touch 'Daru' like Amitabh Bachchan's Anthony Gonsalves in Amar Akbar Anthony.

Andaz Apna Apna

Aamir Khan

Image: Aamir Khan in Andaz Apna Apna

Congratulate your outer 'mahapurush' like a super narcissist Aamir Khan in Andaz Apna Apna.


Shah Rukh Khan

Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Darr

Carve K-K-k-k-iran's name on your chest with a fruit knife because watermelons are clearly out of season like Shah Rukh Khan in Darr? We don't think so!



Image: Sridevi in Lamhe

Check if those giant, golden jhumkis will have the desired effect on your sexy, silver fox date tonight like Sridevi in Lamhe.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Image: Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Lavish compliments at your smouldering, skimpily clad reflection like Bebo's unprecedented vanity queen Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Kal Ho Naa Ho

Saif Ali Khan

Image: Saif Ali Khan in Kal Ho Naa Ho

Fix your tie enroute to work like the suave, smart Saif Ali Khan of Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

Saif Ali Khan

Image: Saif Ali Khan in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

Enhance your boo hoo skills in front of the dressing mirror, again like Saif, in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, if planning to pull the wool under father-in-law's eyes like his character in the kidnap comedy.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Salman Khan

Image: Salman Khan in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Learn there's nothing like too much Salman Khan even if it's only inside a mirror maze of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.


Bipasha Basu

Image: Bipasha Basu in Raaz

Hopefully NOT discover haunted, blood-soaked spirits lurking behind you like the Bipasha Basu does in her breakthrough hit, Raaz.


Rohini Hattangadi

Image: Rohini Hattangadi in Chaalbaaz

Resolve never to go anywhere near makeup again for the rest of your life like Rohini Hattangadi must have following her disastrous makeover in Chaalbaaz.


Dev Anand

Image: Dev anand in Gambler

Realise you're never too old for play dressing like the evergreen Dev Anand sporting a cowboy get-up in Gambler.


Smita Patil

Image: Smita Patil in Bhumika

Give yourself that much deserved champi (when no one else will) like the lovely Smita Patil in her most acclaimed act, Bhumika.


Simi Garewal

Image: simi Garewal in Karz

Mirrors are excellent secret keepers like Karz's Simi Garewal and her dark wig concealing an even darker head will tell you.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Vinay Patak and Shah Rukh Khan

Image: Vinay Pathak and Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Give an emotionally charged speech about going to any lengths to transform from husband to hero for your new bride like SRK in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Way to go, bro... oops.

Shree 420

Raj Kapoor

Image: Raj Kapoor in Shree 420

Run into your true self only to learn that under that glossy, Englistani surface still resides a man whose dil hai Hindustani like Raj Kapoor in and as Shree 420.

Luck By Chance

Hrithik Roshan and Rishi Kapoor

Image: Hrithik Roshan and Rishi Kapoor in Luck By Chance

Use the mirror as an analogy on deceptive imagery to turn down a movie project like Hrithik Roshan in Luck By Chance.

Maine Pyar Kiya


Image:Bhagyashree in Maine Pyar Kiya

Doodle on the mirror glass with imported lipstick to cheer up your girl, the ploy sure worked on Bhagyashree in Maine Pyar Kiya.

Bombay Talkies

Rani Mukerji

Image: Rani Mukerji in Bombay Talkies

Gazing into the mirror intently can have a profound, empowering effect insists Rani Mukerji's character, having shed all the symbols that bound her to hollow commitment, in Bombay Talkies.

Umrao Jaan


Image: Rekha in Umrao Jaan

Play a game of 'Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the loneliest of them all?' like Rekha's unlucky in love Umrao Jaan.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Image: Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Because even the most beautiful woman in the world needs validation, right Ash?

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