Is Salman’s look better than Aamir’s in ‘Dangal’ and SRK’s in ‘Veer Zara’? And why are the three Khans going grey anyway? What do all the three Khans in Bollywood have in common — apart from their present struggle to push back that diminishing sun on their respective careers?

With Salman Khan’s much-awaited Bharat releasing one poster at a time, now all the three Khans have films in their bags for which they have put on the shoes of old characters — Shah Rukh Khan in Veer Zara (2004), Aamir Khan in Dangal (2016) and now, Salman Khan in Bharat (to be released on June 5, 2019).

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Like Veer Zara, Salman Khan’s Bharat, too, promises to be a time trip — divided between India and Pakistan.

And like we saw an older version of Preity Zinta in Veer Zara, we will probably get to see an older version of Katrina Kaif (not much change perceivable though, going from the posters). The posters released so far bear time stamps to offer us glimpses of the amazing travelling all set to be unfolded in front of us.

According to reports, for Dangal, Aamir Khan went from 68 kilos to 95 kilos in order to essay the character of the older Phogat — and then again reduced his weight to 70 kilos to for the younger character.

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There’s a reason why the ‘old’ looks of the Khans fascinate us.

While we see our Bollywood women transforming from lady love to lady love’s mother too soon, our men are privileged enough to romance younger women well into their sixties, sorry, fifties.

And now, with Bharat — the Khans have successfully extended the chain.

Now, the question is — who looks better and more convincing as an old man?

Of course, fans are divided over this — and there will be many cheers for Aamir and SRK because much effort has been there to make them look old. On the other hand, Salman Khan has been made to look old in a very subtle way. The salt has been kept at a minimal level in his salt-and-pepper look.

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The wrinkles on his face look natural and though his ‘old look’ comes out of the blue, for now, we are cheering for Salman Khan.

But here’s the cleverest part of the Khans’ old-is-gold strategy — at least, this is something the new-age actors, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushman Khurrana, Ranveer Singh and Rajkummar Rao, will probably not be able to pull off too soon. #KhabarLive


  1. […] The obsession to be a ‘hero’ and not a ‘character’ is an affliction shared by most male lead actors in Bollywood. Aamir Khan has never played a single role that casts him in a negative light. Even in well-meaning films such as Taare Zameen Par and Dangal, Khan has to lead someone to deliverance, whether the object of his benevolence wishes for it or not. Shah Rukh Khan played a slew of unabashed negative characters right up to Baazigar (Darr and Anjaam, for example), after which he also fell into a romantic hero rut. It wasn’t until Shimit Amin’s Chak De! India and Farhan Akhtar’s Don that Khan ventured out of his cut-to-fit romantic man image to try something less ‘heroic’. […]

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