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Heroes turn bald for films

Actors are following a trend, earlier sported by baddies. Bolly fashion fads

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 15:18 IST

Going bald is the latest fad in Bollywood and Salman Khan is the latest to join the bandwagon. He has shaved off his head for Sajid Nadiadwala's forthcoming film.

Salman will be playing three different characters, each with a specific get-up and apparel, reports Bollywood Trade.

The trend is not new though earlier it was restricted to bad guys only. Remember Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Shakaal waving his palm across his baldhead in Ramesh Sippy's multi-starrer Shan? His gesture sent shivers down the audiences' spine but the performance also cemented Kharbanda's rank as a first-rate actor in the industry.

One could also recall the famous Shetty, who used to design the stunts back in the 1970s and also played henchman to the villains. He was an instant standout because of his bald pate.

The late Amrish Puri donned a distinct bald crust that was capped by his trademark hat.

The ever-brilliant Anupam Kher was distinguished right from the beginning due to his bald pate and the equally classy Paresh Rawal had put on a hairless act for many of his movies - Dilwale being the most noticeable.

Going bald is the latest fad in Bollywood and Salman Khan is the latest to join the bandwagon. He has shaved off his head for Sajid Nadiadwala's forthcoming film.

All these actors were, needless to say, scoffed at initially and in Bollywood the clean-shaven look was plausibly restricted to villains. Heroes generally avoided the polished plain-head look but now you will notice a radical change in the scenario.

Getting bald has now become a fashion gambol and it is fast gaining acceptance amongst celebrities. Actor Aditya Panscholi has adorned the look and went on with the same stride in Musafir as the cunning cop.

Just remember the bald right-hand of Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar played by the talented Ravi Kale, whose stern glare in the movie was remarkable.

Some time back when Deepa Mehta was making Water, actress Shabana Azmi had shaved her head for her role in the film. Unfortunately Deepa had to shelve the film due to the protests from certain contingent, but now the film is completed and will be soon released in India. The only difference is that Shabana's role is now essayed by Seema Biswas of Bandit Queen fame.

Some stars who sported the bald and the beautiful look:

KulbhushanKharbanda asShakaal in Shaan

Paresh Rawal  had 
put on a hairless act for Dilwale

Panscholi in Musafir

Persis Khambata in Star Trek

Amrish Puri donned this trademark style in many films

Today's celebrated filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and his music director brother Rajesh Roshan are other bald celebrities to reckon with.

The witty ex-cricketer Vinod Kambli sported the bald get-up for a long time and retained his shimmer for his acting attempt in Mahesh Manjrekar's Hathyar.

But Hollywood actors have sported the clean-shaven look as and when the opportunity surfaced. Recently, Colin Farrel played a bald villain in Daredevil and now the gifted Denzel Washington has done the same for his latest film The Inside Man.

So if Hollywood hunks can go for the extreme then why not our very own desi counterparts?

On the flip side, if all Bollywood's stars decided to go clean-shaven what would happen to the hairdressers and hairstylists in the industry?

The actors should rather opt for the Aamir Khan style in Mangal Pandey to keep hairdresser's job secure. But one thing is for sure: Bollywood actors have started to get experimental and are taking a 'bald' step ahead. So let them walk on!

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 12:18 IST