Their dressing sense will shock you!

Things haven’t changed much since Shakespeare’s times – when young male actors used to don women’s garbs and play Cleopatra or Desdemona. Here in Bollywood, role reversal is as much a plot necessity as a gimmick.

Aamir Khan
The ‘Lagaan’ actor is revered for his talent in playing niche roles – and he has donned women’s attire with enviable ease as well. From the 1995 movie ‘Baazi’ to a slew of advertisements like Coca Cola and Tata Sky– Amir seems very much in touch with his feminine side. The latest one is Godrej Furniture, and like Nauheed Cyrusi, we love his dress too!

Riteish Deshmukh
Top contender to be the prettiest cross-dressing actor, Riteish Deshmukh looked charming as the buxom Sania in the 2006 flick ‘Apna Sapna Money Money’. Throw him in hugging salwar-kurtis or a summer dress, he can still lord it over other actresses. And he has some amazing ‘thumkas’ to shake the dance floor, to boot!

Rani Mukerji
Before you get the idea that it is just male actors who jump to the other side of the gender fence, let us introduce Rani Mukerji. This petite Bong passed off for a cute Punjabi lad in ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’. All dressed up in turban, moustache and beard and Pathan suit, her protagonist takes to the cricket pitch to fulfill her dreams to play big league cricket.

Shahid Kapoor
Short skirt, pink top – and Shahid Kapoor carries it off with élan. Treading unknown territory with ease in Satish Kaushik’s movie ‘Milenge Milenge’, the young actor makes for a very pretty sight indeed. Kapoor’s look, which features in the introductory scenes of the movie, was publicized pre-release – which created much hype as expected. Too bad the movie could not meet with it later.

Tusshar Kapoor
He did not go down alone; he took Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade and Arshad Warsi with him. But one look at them and you will vote for Tusshar Kapoor! Poker-straight hair, flaming red kimono and smoky eyes – Tusshar looked like an Oriental seductress in the Golmaal sequel. The others’ look … well, it was a drag!

Shreyas Talpade
Maybe except for Shreyas Talpade. Dressed in a pink floral churidar-kurta and a wavy hairdo, he looks like one handsome woman! He and our previous guy just put the bulky Ajay Devgn and Arshad Warsi to shame – with their frilly dresses and bangs just going over the top. Being a woman is an art, and Talpade excels it! Another drag act from him – the movie ‘Paying Guest’.

We are talking cross-dressing and haven’t mentioned Govinda yet? For shame! This madcap pulls off the role of a woman in his 1994 flick ‘Raja Babu’. Paired with Karishma Kapoor with Shakti Kapoor as a sidekick, this movie was a runaway hit. As was another movie with his drag performance – ‘Aunty No. 1’.

Maybe the name won’t ring a bell, but remember the catchy number ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’? The hugely popular 60s song from the movie ‘Kismat’ had this Bengali actor playing a cameo. As he danced to the song as a girl, trying to evade a villain – the audience did not even require a female lead dancer to remember this song by! Funnily, the boy in the song was played by a girl.

Shammi Kapoor
The actor himself is hilarious to say the least – dress him up for a female role, and he is a riot! Shammi Kapoor does exactly that for a song sequence in the 1963 film ‘Bluff Master’.

Kamal Haasan
One of the most realistic drag performances would be that of this South Indian veteran in the movie ‘Chachi 420’. A Bollywood remake of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, in which Robin Williams played the role affably – ‘Chachi 420’ brings back to mind the superb make-up as well as acting of Haasan as a father in his desperate attempts to meet his children who live with his divorced wife.



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