Alia to Anushka: Actresses are going de-glam for their movies

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016 17:35 IST
Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from a still in Omung Kumar’s Sarabjit. (YouTube)

With celluloid being influenced by real-life incidents and movies turning to reality for inspiration, heroines are also moving away from their over-the-top looks. With their de-glam looks, actors are also helping to bring in some authenticity to their characters.

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s look in her film Sarbjit (based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court) and actor Alia Bhatt’s first look from Udta Punjab have got noticed for being a far cry from glamourous. Add to that list, actors Anushka Sharma and Lisa Ray, who will be more than just Plain Janes in their upcoming films Sultan and Veerappan, respectively.

Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar, who is directing Anushka-Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, says, “We are making films on realistic subjects now and actors also want to take up real-looking characters. So once the actors come on board, everything works backwards - first the characters are decided, then the dialect, body language, and then the get-up,” he says.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan says, “Actors don’t want to do run-of-the-mill stories anymore. They are keen to do roles which are challenging. they want to look authentic, not glamourous. So, such roles demand realistic looks. Also, there is no denying the fact that such looks help the promote the film, for they become the talking point. It creates quite a buzz. Also, actors now want to do such roles because it helps them get noticed.”

Actor Anushka Sharma in a still from Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan. (Twitter)

Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan runs barefoot on stones, cow dung for Sarbjit

Aishwarya, who plays the role of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur in the film inspired by Sarabjit’s life, says her director Omung Kumar helped get the look right. “How you look is very important and I have the highest regard for make-up which helps us transform. I went through my director’s vision, before prepping for Dalbir. It was Omung who told me you have to look like her, talk like her, I did exactly what he told me to. I also met Dalbirji on the first day of the shoot,” she said at a promotional event of the film earlier.

Actor Alia Bhatt in a still from Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab. (YouTube)

Read: Abhishek Chaubey was sceptical to cast me as a Bihari migrant: Alia

Alia, who has so far portrayed girl-next-door roles in films such as Student of the year (2012), Two States (2014) and Shaandaar (2015), plays a Bihari migrant in Udta Punjab. She said, “For my look, I have to give credit to the costume designer and our director Abhishek Chaubey... I think Abhishek was sceptical about casting me. I am happy that I am a part of it.”

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