Actors are used to being slathered with greasepaint and superstar Amitabh Bachchan
is no stranger to this ritual. In fact, for his roles in films such as Paa (2009), where he played a 12-year-old boy suffering from progeria, and for an upcoming film with R Balki, the actor wore a lot of prosthetic make-up to completely transform his look.
But now, Bachchan is foregoing nearly all pancake to go au naturel for his TV acting debut Yudh.Read: Big B defies medical advice, shoots stunts in body rig
In the upcoming show, Bachchan will be seen playing a terminally ill man and the team decided to keep his look as natural as possible.
"Anurag Kashyap, who is the creative director of the series, has deployed techniques generally used in cinema in this serial. And the no make-up look is usually employed in realistic films. The series will show Bachchan looking older, tired and someone whose health is failing. To make his look as gritty as possible, the team decided to use little to no make-up," says a source close to the serial’s team.
When asked about this development, Anurag says, "We have gone for a minimum to almost no make-up look to make it (the series) look real and more relatable."
The source adds, "Even though he’s 71, Bachchan agreed to go ahead with the idea."Read: Amitabh micro-managing every detail of his TV show Yudh
We’re also told that no effort is being made to hide his wrinkles, dark circles, dark feet or the bags under his eyes.
The insider adds that the rest of the cast also opted for a natural look as well.
"Usually, it takes a few hours for Bachchan’s make-up to complete but in this series that won’t be the case," says the source.