The key word here is transformation — from their original self into the character they are playing. Sometimes, the challenges go against time by playing characters that are relatively younger. At times like these, make up is just an accessory. Fortunately, in recent times, we have seen several actors breaking the mould in this particular area.

Hrithik Roshan
Film: 'Koi Mil Gaya' (2003)
Age while shooting: 30


Lowdown: Hrithik played a young man with an intellect of a child. For the lean character, he not only lost weight and changed the way he spoke but also ended up with a performance that is certainly one of his finest till date.


Ranbir Kapoor

Film: 'Jagga Jasoos' (2015)
Age while shooting: 31


Lowdown: Undoubtedly one of the most interesting young actors around, he will be essaying a 17-year-old boy in Anurag Basu’s comedy-mystery. To his credit, he has played a college student in Wake Up Sid (2009) and an oldie in Barfi! (2012).


Irrfan Khan
Film: 'Paan Singh Tomar' (2010)
Age while shooting: 42


Lowdown:
Hitherto not known for physically transforming into the characters he portray on the screen, Irrfan surprised everyone by playing the eponymous role of a champion athlete who became a dacoit.

Dhanush
Film: 'Raanjhanaa' (2013)
Age while shooting: 30

Lowdown: Although Sonam Kapoor too played a teenager in the successful Anand L Rai's film, it was Dhanush's part as a lovestruck school boy that was not only remarkably charming but also convincing enough.

Monali Thakur
Film: 'Lakshmi' (2014)
Age while shooting: 28

Lowdown: The 'Sawaar Loon' singer from Lootera made her Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor's film on human trafficking and child prostitution. She portrayed a 13-year-old girl, who is repeatedly violated, in the film.

Aamir Khan
Film: 'Rang De Basanti' (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009)
Age while shooting: 41, 44

Lowdown: He earned the sobriquet of Mr Perfectionist because of his penchant to get into the character, young characters, to be precise. He played a college kid in two of the memorable movies from the last decade.

Amitabh Bachchan
Film: 'Paa' (2009)
Age while shooting: 66

Lowdown: The legendary actor challenged himself to play a 12-year-old boy who is suffering from a rare disorder called progeria. Interestingly enough, Vidya Balan played his mother in the R. Balki film.

Saif Ali KhanFilm: 'Cocktail' (2012)
Age while shooting: 41

Lowdown: Last millennium, he was written off as industry’s chocolate boy but post his act in Dil Chahta Hai (2001), his youthful looks has helped him essay characters who are well into their early 30s.

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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