Shahid Kapoor: his various faces in Bollywood

  • Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 18:03 IST

Most actors like to play it safe when it comes to experimenting with looks. However,

Shahid Kapoor

is one of those few Bollywood actors, who have never shied away from trying all things risque — be it rocking a killer ­goatee, long locks or making even the bald look sexy.

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli, who has directed Kapoor in Teri Meri Kahaani (2012), says, "Shahid takes keen interest in his ­character’s appearance in the film. In today’s time, it is important for actors to keep redefining ­themselves as per the look of the character, because the audience today is very sharp.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh adds, "Shahid has amazed me with his will to experiment, not just with his roles, but also with his looks. He is one of the few actors in the industry who have experimented so much with their looks." Distributor Girish Johar says that Kapoor’s ever changing looks draw audience to the ­theatres.

"It is one of the key ingredient for his film’s success." Currently filming Vishal Bhardwaj’s cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Shahid is seen sporting a tonsured head. The 33-year-old is often seen ­making public ­appearances in his near-bald look.


Remember this adorable teenager from Aryan’s track, Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra? Who knew he would one day set ­millions of hearts racing!

With a child-like smile and newly-grown muscles, Shahid was the perfect naughty brat of Bollywood in his debut film, Ishq Vishk (above). His college kid-looks didn’t impress critics but was a hit with young girls.


The starry-eyed looks ­complemented his ­mischievous, ­endearing smile and charmed the ­audience for the next couple of years. His films such as Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (above), Fida, Dil Maange More, 36 China Town (above, right) and Chup Chup Ke, all were high on the ‘cuteness’ quotient. His long ­fringes ­further added to his boy-next-door image.

The actor, who has mostly played the role of a cool, urban lad, was seen as the ­traditional son in Sooraj Barjatiya’s Vivah, sporting a neatly-combed hairstyle. The film helped him take babysteps to his now ­popular suavity.

Sporting chic mufflers and rimless frames — Shahid ­transformed into the ­brooding young man with Jab We Met. The film proved instrumental in ­changing his image and took his career to new heights.

By now, Shahid was in that league of stars who could get away with anything. This showed in his ­inclination to experiment with looks with greater confidence. His long locks in Kismat Konnection got a thumbs up from the fans.

After doing the double role of identical twins in Kaminey, Shahid aka Sasha emerged as a star with the ­perfectly sculpted six-packs, and faint ­goatee.

The actor put his boy-next-door image aside for his role in Badmaash Company. His clean-­shaven look and ­chiselled body were the talk of the town around this time.

Mausam bombed at the box office but Shahid’s no-nonsense looks as the Air Force squadron leader were a hit. The trimmed moustache even set a trend among young boys.

Despite having come of age as a actor, his looks reminded many of his early years in the film industry. The short lull in his career this year reflected somewhere in his looks, too.

In Phata Poster Nikla Hero and R... Rajkumar, his looks were a mix of the ‘tapori’ of the ‘80s and the angry-man of the ‘70s. His mischievous smirk was back too — a big change from his ­otherwise ­serious appearance.

Just when everybody thought he was done with experiments, Shahid took all by surprise by shaving his hair off for Vishal Bhardwaj’s next. With nerd glasses and full beard ... Sasha seems to be setting a new bar for himself.

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