From Detective Byomkesh Bakshy to Bajirao Mastaani: Period dramas galore in Bollywood

  • Text: Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 12:18 IST

While their leaked looks have only made us more curious about their roles, the coming year will see all these Bollywood actors go back in time to play characters in period dramas.

Sushant Singh Rajput

He has always sported a chocolate boy image so far, but the 28-year-old will be seen playing a 1940s detective in Dibakar Banerjee’s upcoming sleuth drama based on the fictional character of Byomkesh Bakshi.

Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Vivek Oberoi

While filmmaker Sanjay Gupta reinforces the fact that his upcoming gangster film will be contemporary, the looks of his lead actors will have influences of gangsters of the 80s-90s. The film shows Bombay’s transformation to Mumbai. Anil’s character will reflect the political scenario, John’s role represents the underworld presence of the era and Vivek Oberoi plays an encounter specialist.

Hrithik Roshan

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’ next that stars Hrithik Roshan, 40, in the lead role, is based in the era of the Indus Valley civilization. The film also stars newbie Pooja Hedge, 24, and is touted to be an epic love story.

Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of Bombay Velvet

Set in 1960s, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film Bombay Velvet will see Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in a rather different look. While 32-year-old Ranbir plays a street fighter in the film, 26-year-old Anushka will be seen as a jazz singer.

Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone

Priyanka Chopra on sets of Bajirao Mastaani

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film will see Ranveer Singh, 29, play the role of the Maratha Peshwa, Baji Rao while Deepika Padukone, 28, plays his second wife, Mastani. Priyanka Chopra, 32, will be seen as Kashibai, the first wife of Baji Rao.
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