From late Irrfan Khan to Ranveer Singh, these B-town stars polished their characters to such an extent that they redefine ‘Method Acting’ in the Indian film fraternity!
12 Bollywood Actors Who Took Method Acting To A Dangerous Level. Method Acting has been in and around Bollywood for a long time. But preparing for roles is only a recent phenomenon in mainstream Bollywood. Boosted because of director’s demanding their actors, they have begun delving deep into their characters. A trend common in Hollywood has also seeped in our Bollywood stars. No doubt, the B-town stars perform to the best of their ability. They smack their characters and nail it completely!
12 Bollywood Actors Who Took Method Acting To A Dangerous Level. Let’s have a look at these actors!
He will forever be known one of the biggest heroes who came from a background of theatre and Shakespearean plays. It was only natural that he would turn out to be a great method actor as he completely indulges in the roles he plays. films like Pan Singh Tomar and Life of Pi requred him to take on the imaginary persona of the characters and bring them to life.
12 Bollywood actors: Out of the top performances as of now, Ranbir Kapoor reportedly spent a lot of time researching the lingo of Delhi University and Jaat Boys, which made for seamless performance in Rockstar, and gave his career a huge boost-up. Apart from it, he also nailed his role as ‘Sanjay Dutt’ in his biopic.
With time, he changed how he perceived himself as an actor with movies like Haider, Udta Punjab. With Kabir Singh, Shahid reached greater heights. The actor had put on 8 kilos and then lose 14 kilos for the movie. He also shared in an interview, the negative adaptation he had to share while doing the film. However, he shares how he used to have long hours of the shower so as to leave that negative influence outside his house.
Bollywood’s evergreen ‘Lakhan’ has recently turned to method acting for his upcoming role in the Indian remake of the blockbuster Hollywood film Cast Away. The lead character in this movie is stranded on an island for many years and to replicate that exact emotion, he has been off the radar for almost 2 months now.
The actor playing the role of a villain didn’t come naturally to him, and he even consulted a psychiatrist to get his head in the right zone. He said “It was difficult initially. I like making other people happy and spreading good vibes. I feel like spreading kindness makes me happy, because it multiplies and comes back my way. When I come out of the vanity van in Khilji’s garb after two hours of make-up, I’m not that person anymore”. His role in Padmavat is not the only time Ranveer took up the challenge. For Bajirao Mastani, he went into 21-day isolation as a part of his preparation for the role. For Lootera he also hurt himself to enact the pain of having hit by a bullet.
The actor dove into transform herself as a pro-boxer, and gave a fearlessly honest performance in India’s fierce ‘Mary Kom’.
The ‘Jism 2’ star shocked the world when he skinned himself down to less than half of his weight to fit the description of his character in ‘Sarabjit’. In the past, Bollywood has seen numerous transformations of actors but none can hold a candle to level of dedication and determination he has shown for this performance.
Also known as the ‘Perfectionist’ of Bollywood, Aamir had to be on this list of method actors. He is always dedicated to each role that he plays, so much so that he quite often forgets his own reality while on set. He came out guns blazing with movies like ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Dangal’ where he not only had to get in great shape but also bring his performance to a level he had not reached before.
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Bebo took her character ‘Poo’ from K3G to different heights. The film and her character yet continue to attract people making it a huge success. She adapted to this character so much that her mother used to tell her to come out of it. She nailed playing Poo.
Not your typical pick for a method actor but even this multi-talented actor, director, music composer and singer is not someone to be trifled with. For his role in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, he took it upon himself to make sure he has every detail down to the T. He often ran miles as a preparation for his role as the great Milkha Singh. The ZNMD star also grew out his own hair as symbol of respect towards the Flying Sikh and refused to wear any wigs. Beat those method actors!
The ‘Bhagwan’ of all roles is often considered to be the best method actor working today in the industry. He seems to be able to flawlessly transition in between roles as if it is nothing to him. His most notable performances in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and ‘Sacred games’ have set the tone for all future. In the above gangster drama movies and his method of acting seems to be the reason why. His more than original portrayals of each character is highly appreciated by the critics and rightfully so. Some of his underrated performances like his minor role in ‘Lunchbox’ is something fans are still in awe of.
Of course this list would be incomplete without the entry of this fine actor who rose to fame because of his sheer talent and hard work. Even though he faced a lot of initial rejections, Rao never seemed to give up. On the contrary, he worked extra hard on his performances and is now considered to be one of the, if the not the best Method actor in Bollywood. However, he sometimes pushes it to the extreme. He openly admits that for his role in ‘Omerta’, he spent an absurd amount of time watching disturbing content and videos to prepare for the role of Omar sheikh and in the process he became like him.
12 Bollywood Actors Who Took Method Acting To A Dangerous Level. Yet it’s not the end, there are more as such in the frontlines!