The arrival of new directors in Bollywood has forced established actors to try something new, and as a result, we see them experimenting with new themes.
The recently released trailer of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan where he will be seen in a double role is a result of this. He plays superstar Aryan Khanna as well as his crazy fan Gaurav.
But, this is not the first time that he has played a cine-star and it’s not only him, other Bollywood superstars have also done the same in quite a few movies.
Watch: Shah Rukh Khan in and as Fan in this trailer
Here’s a list of some films in which Bollywood stars have played themselves or a part of themselves:
Guddi (1971): Kusum (Jaya Bachchan) is the protagonist of this great film on the fan-star relationship. This Hrishikesh Mukherjee film shows Kusum as an ardent fan of film star Dharmendra, of course as Dharmendra.
Gol Maal (1979): You remember the scene where Amol Palekar comes to meet his old friend Deven Verma and Amitabh Bachchan is shooting there. Do you know which film were they shooting? Well, it was Jurmana.
Om Shanti Om (2007): This Farah Khan-directed film is a celebration of Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom and Manmohan Desai brand of cinema where double roles just keep happening - just like that. Junior artist Om Prakash Makhija (SRK) is in love with Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but their love is doomed and they never meet. But, if they don’t meet then ‘picture abhi baaki hai mere dost’. SRK, of course, reincarnates as superstar OK in his next birth.
Halla Bol (2008): This Rajkumar Santoshi film is one of the most underrated films of recent times. Ajay Devgn is star Ashfaaq Khan who forgets his past after becoming a superstar, but one day he decides to get back to his older self. But, it is not possible anymore. Thanks to Devgn, Vidya Balan and Pankaj Kapur, Halla Bol is a lesson in acting for newcomers.
Luck By Chance (2009): Trust Zoya Akhtar for bringing out the complexities of life with ease, and this film was the one which introduced us to her craft. Her friend and the hero of her second film Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara, Hrithik Roshan, helped her out in her pursuit by playing Bollywood star Ali Zafar Khan. Her brother Farhan Akhtar played the lead in Luck By Chance.
Billu (2009): Irrfan Khan is a simpleton named Billu whose friend Sahir Khan (SRK) is a film star, but nobody believes him. But, one day Sahir Khan comes to shoot near Billu’s village and the small-time barber suddenly becomes the talk of the town. Did you know Priyadarshan directed this film?
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009): Ranbir Kapoor boasts among his friends that film star Salman Khan is his best friend, and then the unimaginable happens. Salman Khan himself arrives at the scene. This was the time when Salman Khan was dating this film’s heroine Katrina Kaif. He later lost her to its hero Ranbir Kapoor. Rajkumar Santoshi directed this one.
The Shaukeens (2014): Why wouldn’t Akshay Kumar do it if everybody else is doing it! Abhishek Sharma’s film featured Akshay Kumar as an alcoholic superstar who crassness knows no boundary. The film bombed spectacularly at the box office.
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