When it comes to bringing life to unforgettable characters, these actors left no stone unturned and went to extreme lengths to perfect their appearance, skills, and physicality. The stars push their limits and step out of their comfort zones to embody their characters convincingly. Today, let’s delve into the world of actors who have embraced different avatars for their roles on OTT.
Suniel Shetty in ‘Dharavi Bank’
Suniel Shetty made a remarkable debut on OTT with MX Player’s ‘Dharavi Bank’ as the ruthless Thalaivan. Despite his contrasting personality, Shetty effortlessly embodied the character as if it was tailor-made for him. When the script was narrated to him, he knew he was Thalaivan and told the makers that if they wanted him to play the cop, he wasn’t interested. Suniel Shetty fully immersed himself in the character. To aesthetically portray the part of this 63-year-old villain, the young and fit Suniel had to use prosthetics to make him look older.
Bobby Deol in ‘Aashram’
Bobby Deol left everyone astounded as he immersed himself in the villainous character of Baba Nirala in MX Player’s Aashram. The audience and even Bobby himself couldn’t fathom this unimaginable transformation. Yet, he flawlessly aced the role, astonishing everyone with his brilliance. Bobby’s expressions mesmerised viewers, while his hyper-realistic acting made the series an irresistible binge-watch. Portraying a cunning and evil character, he successfully evoked disgust and hatred from the audience. Bobby seamlessly embraced a suitable accent for portraying the deceptive spiritual leader. His complete transformation into a master con godman, effortlessly embodying every required mannerism, is a testament to his unwavering dedication.
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Sushmita Sen in ‘Aarya’
Sushmita Sen amazed audiences with her remarkable transformation for the web series ‘Aarya.’ Portraying the titular character, Sen embodied the role of a determined and resilient woman who is thrust into the world of her family’s illicit business. Her portrayal not only showcased her acting prowess but also captivated audiences with her powerful presence and depth of emotions. In preparation for the upcoming season of ‘Aarya,’ Sushmita Sen has taken her commitment to the role to new heights. She has immersed herself in studying Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial art form. This dedication to mastering the art highlights Sen’s determination to bring authenticity and intensity to her character’s physicality and action sequences.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in ‘Raat Akeli Hai’
Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivered a remarkable performance in the ‘Raat Akeli Hai crime thriller,’ showcasing his incredible ability to embody complex characters. Siddiqui’s physical transformation for his role as a diligent small-town cop investigating a high-profile murder case was truly impressive, capturing the nuances and depth of his character. The role posed challenges, but Siddiqui found clarity through the director’s guidance. With a well-defined vision, the director provided insights into the character, allowing Siddiqui to portray a thorough professional who comprehends the intricacies of hierarchy. Throughout the film, Siddiqui’s character undergoes a significant transformation, evolving from the beginning to the end, adding complexity to his portrayal.
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Ravi Dubey in ‘Matsya Kaand’
Ravi Dubey shattered his hero image to portray a con artist in MX Player’s ‘Matsya Kaand’, and his transformation left audiences stunned. Breaking away from his usual charming on-screen persona, Dubey delved into a dark and intense role, undergoing a complete metamorphosis. His commitment to the character was evident in every aspect, from his physical appearance to his emotional depth. In the series, Dubey astoundingly portrays not just one or two, but eleven different avatars across eleven episodes, demonstrating his versatility as an actor. Each transformation is so convincing and unique that it’s hard to recognize him, highlighting the level of dedication he brought to the role.
Radhika Apte in ‘Ghoul’
Radhika Apte showcased her remarkable talent and versatility in the gripping horror miniseries ‘Ghoul.’ Taking on the role of a military interrogator in a dystopian setting, Apte underwent a profound transformation, both physically and emotionally, to portray the character’s psychological journey and internal conflicts with authenticity and depth. The dedication to her craft was evident in the extensive rehearsals, one-on-one sessions, and group rehearsals that delved into interpersonal relationships and the intricate politics of the characters.
These actors fearlessly embraced the challenge of assuming entirely different avatars for their OTT projects. Their immersive transformations highlighted their versatility, dedication, and commitment to their craft.