Fifteen Bollywood makeovers that went right (or wrong)
Get the low down on some Before-After hits and misses.
Poor Anushka Sharma had no idea that her recent outing on Koffee with Karan would cause such a storm over a coffee cup. The Bombay Velvet actress held forth on everything from current (we think) beau Virat Kohli to her admiration for her fellow co-stars but hardly anyone heard a thing. The only thing everyone had eyes for were her oversized—and misshapen lips—and what looked suspiciously like cheek implants. In the furor that followed, the harried star took to Twitter to say, “For a short while now I have been using a temporary lip enhancing tool and that along with makeup techniques (I have learnt over the years) is the reason why there might be a change in the appearance of my lips. Having stated this fact let me very vehemently assure everyone that I have by no means gone ‘under the knife’ or done any kind of ‘plastic surgery’ or undergone any intrusive procedure.”
Alas! Rare is the film actress—apart from one-of-a-kind Rakhi Sawant—who acknowledges her plastic surgeon’s role in transforming her looks. And that long list includes the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Shilpa Shetty, Karishma Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and well, it’s a pretty long list. But there’s no denying that many filmi beauties have mysteriously acquired sharper noses, defined jawlines, killer cheekbones, bigger bosoms and more during their stint in Bollywood.
This effervescent Punjabi kudi made a mark with her role in Rab ne Bana di Jodi, following it up with a cracker performance in Band Baja Baraat. While reports of an ‘eating disorder’ being the reason for her slender figure occasionally do the rounds, now it’s her overnight pouty mouth that’s the talk of the town. But Anushka Sharma isn’t telling. We don’t like….
She started off as a typical Southern beauty, wavy hair, chubby faced with a larger than life nose. This yummy Mummy has come such a long way since! The bold beauty admitted to having her nose fixed. Though it’s still not a work of art, it’s definitely a step up from the earlier one. The hair looks silky and glossy but the biggest transformation has been Shilpa Shetty’s sleek and toned body. This actress turned yoga aficionado turned entrepreneur looks sexier and foxier than she ever has before. We like…
Karishma Kapoor’s journey has been the quintessential ugly duckling-beautiful swan story. From the bushy brows, chubby face and big hair look she sported in Prem Qaidi in 1991, this Kapoor girl magically transformed into a slender bodied, chiseled beauty in Dil Toh Pagal Hai. Even though her acting career is practically over, she’s still hot property at fashion shows and TV adverts. We love her sophisticated, fresh-faced beauty.
This light eyed beauty took the world by storm after she was crowned Miss World in 1994. Successful actress and Bachchan bahu, Aishwarya embraced motherhood in all its glory after she had baby Aaradhya. Her outing at Cannes in 2012 was panned by critics but the lovely lady had the last laugh when she returned to the Festival in 2013 svelte and gorgeous, looking like a million bucks. Meanwhile, its rumored she’s had cheek implants to enhance her cheekbones and a minor nose job to make it more aquiline. Overall, we like…
This Miss World 2000 made waves from the minute she debuted in Bollywood with Humraaz. Priyanka Chopra is a talented, dedicated actress, a thorough professional, as famous for her drop dead body as she is for her acting prowess. Ms. Pee Cee has come a long way since her first outing. She’s ditched her garish dress sense for a subtler, sharper look. Apart from the much touted nose job, she also sports visibly bigger lips today. Some even add she’s had a slight breast augmentation done. While we like the nose job, wish we could say the same for her pout. Let’s just say, it’s become larger than life…
A powerhouse of talent, Kajol has grown as an actress and woman. While paeans can be written about the intensity she brings to the big screen, her initial appearances were frankly quite scary. Frizzy big hair, prominent unibrow, chunky figure and poor dress sense. Mercifully, this talented actress put in the work to reinvent her looks. And today this mom of two looks better than ever before. We like…
Another uber talented actress Vidya Balan who flagged off her career in the TV serial Hum Paanch has gone on to win countless awards for her acting prowess. After her dress sense was panned widely, the Chembur beauty took to wearing gorgeous Sabyasachi saris. Her overall appearance has also undergone a transformation. Gone are the granny glasses, frizzy hair and unglamorous look. In fact, Vidya Balan looks comfortable in her own skin. In other words, sizzling hot. We like…
Amma would be proud! At 50 Sridevi looks better than she did in her 20s! Her dancing or acting prowess was never in doubt and this mother of two made a comeback with heartwarming English Vinglish. Look at her older photos and you can spot the obvious nose job, jaw reshaping and some liberal use of Botox. Her face is becomingly slimmer and this South Indian sensation has also revamped her sartorial choices with Hervé Leger, Gucci, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra and more becoming current staples. We like….
From Fashion to Rascal, this Himachali beauty’s body mysteriously transformed. The slender, petite Kangana Ranaut suddenly sported a heaving bosom and a pout worthy of Angelina Jolie. Of course she vehemently denied “going under the knife”, instead holding a “shellfish allergy” responsible for her blossoming lips. Clearly, the allergy hasn’t quite gone away because the lips remain in bloom. We preferred Kangana in her previous avatar. And while we’re at it, we also wish she would drop that fake accent and odd way she mouths dialogues. It’s as unreal as her chest and lips.
Kareena Kapoor has never looked so good or been so much in demand. However this light eyed actress appears to have had her nose trimmed ever so slightly to suit her delicate features. She’s also lost tons of weight thanks to nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar’s dietary advice. In fact she’s singularly responsible for popularizing size zero. We like her stylish new avatar but we don’t care much for this obsession with looking like a stick figure.
The refreshingly candid Shruti Haasan, daughter of talented actors Sarika and Kamal Haasan admits to getting a nose job. However she claims it was a septoplasty to fix a deviated septum that was causing breathing problems. Medically, a septoplasty doesn’t change the appearance of the nose, but Shruti’s once crooked nose is now sharp and shapely. The pretty singer-actor seems to have also lost a lot of weight going from podgy to skinny. We like….
Sultry Bengali siren Bipasha Basu with the toned pins and enviable décolletage wasn’t always this way. There was a time, in the not so distant past, when she was slightly chubby and gawky. The fact that she had a breast augmentation surgery came out by accident. It so happened that she “forgot” to pay her plastic surgeon and the aggrieved doctor made the matter public. But all that’s water under the bridge. Bispasha looks stylish and sexy even if she prefers skimpy skirts all the time. We just wish she didn’t try so hard to live up to her self labelled glam diva tag.
Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of Shatrughan Sinha of Khamosh! fame and pretty Punam is living her dream after she went from Bessie Bunter to Comely Sona. In fact she lost 30 kilos before her first film Dabangg. The actress has always been vocal about her weight issues and love for junk food. Its been hard work to get her current body. In addition to cardio, spinning and weight training, she cycled, played tennis, swam and did hot yoga. Whew….Nykaa just has to applaud her determination and perseverance.
There isn’t a part of Rakhi Sawant that hasn’t gone under the scalpel. Whether it’s her cheeks, jaw, chin, breasts, stomach or hips, this Hindi film ‘item’ girl, TV hostess and actress is open about all the work she’s had done. As she once famously said,” Jo bhagwan ne nahi diya, who mere surgeon ne diya”. At the best of times, she looks over made-up and plastic but you simply have to admire her spunk and audacity.
How could we possibly leave once pretty Koena Mitra from this list of magically transformed before-afters? This model and actress decided to have a nose job that went horribly wrong, leaving her with a botched beaker that needed another surgery to fix. Not sure if this painful surgery got her more roles. But it definitely wins her our sympathy.
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