After Deepika Padukone, it was Shahid Kapoor’s first look from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati that conquered social media as soon as it was released. Those heavily kohled eyes and that cut on his cheek was intriguing, royal and sexy. Shahid’s look as Maharawal Ratan Singh, King of Chittor, was a subtle combination of raw machismo and royalty, something close to how we imagine filmy warriors and kings in our minds. Bollywood has had a beautiful history of period dramas and warrior stories, with Padmavati being the latest to be added to the list.
From Prabhas in Baahubali to Salman Khan in Veer, Bollywood has brilliantly captured real as well as fictional warrior stories on celluloid. But, one thing that stands out in most of these movies is the realistic heroism and bravery of the warriors.
Here’s a list of 5 Bollywood actors who effortlessly essayed the roles of warriors on-screen:
1. Ranveer Singh in Bajirao Mastani:
Ranveer Singh, who will be seen as Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati earlier donned the character of Maratha warrior and king Peshwa Bajirao. The movie showcased Bajirao (Ranveer) and Mastani’s (Deepika) beautiful love story.
In the film, Ranveer sported a moustache and a choti (ponytail) to play the brave and fierce Maratha ruler. Despite having an option of an artificial head cover, Ranveer chose to shave off his head in real to ace the look. As the 17th century Maratha ruler, Ranveer wore specially designed costumes like dhotis, churidars and Maratha turbans in the film.
2. Sushant Singh Rajput in Raabta:
Dinesh Vijan directorial’s Raabta was based on the reincarnation of the lead characters Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon who essay the roles of a brave tribal warrior and a warrior princess in their previous births respectively. Sushant looked convincing as a tribal warrior and bagged a lot of attention for his look which was highlighted with tattoos and braids.
Designer duo Vipul Amar and Harsheen K Arora from The V Renaissance designed costumes for Sushant’s warrior look. While talking to PTI Vipul said,
Each piece was crafted keeping in mind the fluidity of motion and the duress of the natural elements that the character would have had to go through. Each piece has been created without a single seam because we realised that the character would not have had the luxury of threads or needles, given the starkness of the terrain and the sheer rawness of the era.
3. Prabhas in Baahubali:
SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali and Baahubali 2 went on to become India’s highest grossing film. Prabhas who essayed the titular role impressed his fans with his chiselled body and 100 kg look. Yes, he weighed 100kgs. Prabhas looked exactly like a warrior with unrestrained power.
Prashanti Tipirneni, the costume designer for the film worked along with Rama Rajamouli, SS Rajamouli’s wife, to make costumes for the entire cast. While talking to an entertainment daily she revealed that “there was an entire leather division comprising over 80 people on the sets. This is because leather plays a very important fabric in the costumes of Bahubali 1 and 2.”
4. Salman Khan in Veer:
Apart from Prem, watching Salman Khan in the role of a King as well as a warrior was a treat in Veer which also starred Sohail Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff. Salman, who essayed the role of a Pindari King, Veer Pratap Singh, and a warrior nailed his look with long hair and muscular physique. His look was defined by leather armours and leather pants. According to the reports, each costume worn by Salman Khan cost approximately Rs 20 lakh each.
5. Shah Rukh Khan in Asoka:
Shah Rukh Khan’s warrior avatar in and as Asoka was brave and scary at the same time where he goes on a killing spree in the battle of Kalinga. Asoka, the historical drama directed by Santosh Sivan was a dramatised version of the early life of Emperor Asoka of the Maurya dynasty.
Designer Manish Malhotra and Anu Vardhan designed costumes for the film. The duo they kept in mind the timeline of the film perfectly. Shah Rukh was given several looks in the film out of which his armoured look with a chest covering shield looked the most realistic.
So, whose warrior look did you like the most?
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