Aamir Khan Decoded Part II: (Physical) Method Actor

Note- Aamir Khan Decoded is a 6-part series encompassing the Bollywood superstar’s journey in the last thirty years through different phases of being a heartthrob, a method actor, an Oscar hunter, a media contributor and a money-maker.Part I of the series is here.

A black & white image of Pran, one of the prominent actors of classic Bollywood era, flashes against a black screen, followed by other prominent actors such as Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Amitah Bachchan, etc. This picture show is viewed by a girl in a portable vintage stereographic viewer. As the picture show gets over, the girl pays the vendor and goes off screen. A singing voice booms in the background, followed by a blast, as the street vendor turns and sees the girl singing and dancing from the excitement of being a Bollywood fan. This was the opening of Rangeela (1995) (Flamboyant, Colorful), which marked the beginning of Aamir Khan’s (AK) method acting career.Continue reading “Aamir Khan Decoded Part II: (Physical) Method Actor”

Aamir Khan Decoded Part I: Chocolate Hero with a Hidden Talent

Note- Aamir Khan Decoded is a 6-part series encompassing the Bollywood superstar’s journey in the last thirty years through different phases of being a heartthrob, a method actor, an Oscar hunter, a media contributor and a money-maker.

Here is a question for anyone acquainted with Bollywood cinema history: Which face is more likely to strike a chord as a Bollywood star, is it (a) with stubble cheeks, unkempt hair, sweaty clothes, holding a gun or (b) clean shaven, perhaps with rouge, styled hair, designer wear and holding a guitar? As much rhetorical as this question may seem the truth is painfully undeniable. Choose any Bollywood star and dig up their most popular ventures in the early part of their careers. There is something eerily similar about all of them, e.g. Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994), Shahrukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Akshay Kumar in Khiladi (1992), Saif Ali Khan in Yeh Dillagi (1994). The eerie similarity of being a ‘chocolate hero’, a term wildly popular during late ‘80s and early ‘90s Bollywood era, is prevalent in all of them. That trend continued even later in 2000 for Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Na Pyar Hai. It definitely appears that you had to be a chocolate hero to become a star in Bollywood, and Aamir Khan (AK) was no exception. Continue reading “Aamir Khan Decoded Part I: Chocolate Hero with a Hidden Talent”

Top 10 Romantic Characters: Male

In Hindi films, we have epitomised romance and romantic heroes. I wonder if any other film industry in the world has made so many love stories or romantic dramas as we have. There are production houses that have taken pride in churning out one love saga after the next. And indeed, actors have become heartthrobs among the opposite sex only through love stories. In a part of the twin post, we look at the top 10 male romantic character portrayals in Hindi cinema.Continue reading “Top 10 Romantic Characters: Male”