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Aamir Khan plays a woman again!

Looking pretty in pink, Aamir is dressed as a Punjabi bride for a commercial for Tata Sky, the direct to home service of which he is brand ambassador, reports Princy Jain.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2008 18:56 IST
Princy Jain

Aamir Khan is back in a bra. He’s donned the wig, the flowers, the lipstick and the salwar kameez and his womanly wiles are on display. Looking pretty in pink, Aamir is dressed as a Punjabi bride for a commercial for Tata Sky, the direct to home service of which he is brand ambassador.

This is Aamir’s third outing as a woman — he earlier played a cabaret dancer in Baazi, then came out as the more demure Manno Bhabhi for Coke.

“Playing a woman has become easier," said Aamir. “After Baazi and Manno Bhabhi, I am used to it. But the fact that I had two costumes in one was a little tricky. It was a little tough with the wig.”

Directed by Neeraj Vora, this is also Aamir’s first double role. Besides playing the bride, he also acts as an NRI groom. In fact, Aamir plays half man-half woman for the commercial.

Vikram Mehra, CFO, Tata Sky, says Aamir was immediately excited by the idea of playing both a man and woman. But the details were a challenge, says Vora. “It’s a wacky idea [but] very challenging... from make-up to costume, there was a lot of minute detailing.”

As a woman, the right-hand side of Aamir’s body sports a bright pink salwar kameez matched with rani-pink lipstick and pink paranda, while, as a man, he wears a blue sherwani. “I had to focus a lot on my body and its movements because I had to quickly switch over. This required constant attention,” said Aamir.

Make-up specialist Mickey Contractor has wielded the brush each time the actor has played a woman. For this ad, Contractor decided to transform Aamir into a pink and white beauty. “Aamir is already so fair. But we gave him a fairer skin tone to clearly distinguish between the male and female sides, and pink lipstick since the colour suits him best.”

Contractor says that Baazi was Aamir’s most challenging male-female transformation. “I remember we had a tough time giving him the look of a cabaret dancer for Baazi. Because it was the role of dancer, we had to enhance artificial assets, wax his chest, hands and legs. Manno Bhabhi was more of a make-up and hair thing.

“For this ad, we created the difference by giving him two skin tones. While the female part is given a lighter shade, for the male character, we chose to stick to his natural tone,” said Contractor.

Vora is delighted with Aamir. “Directing Aamir is as good as driving a luxury car, like a BMW or Mercedes. He is not only a good actor but has the capacity to surprise. As a director, I would take care of the details and explain things, but Aamir is such a genius that he’d deliver the shots with precision, leaving me spellbound.”