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Flop Bollywood heroine Try a makeover
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Makeovers have helped change the fortunes of many a Bollywood actress.
Nowadays heroines don't just get a second chance after a flop beginning, but also get to undergo a complete transformation because some filmmaker spots a spark in them.
Ten years ago, Ram Gopal Varma took on the challenge of transforming a struggling Urmila Matondkar into a head turner in "Rangeela". The change was startling and complete.
Ironically another actress has now undergone a change in the opposite direction. Tulip Joshi, who was re-christened Sanjana after her character in the film "Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai", has shed her glamorous plumes to play a rustic Bihari woman in Manish Jha's much talked-about "Matrabhoomi".
She confesses she's much more comfortable playing down-to-earth roles than eye candy. It's obvious she's as comfortable in her new earthy avatar as Urmila was in her glamorous makeover.
It takes just that little bit of push and shove for an actress to find her metier.
Madhuri Dixit wouldn't have been who she was if after a disastrous beginning in "Abodh", Subhash Ghai hadn't changed her looks and fortunes in "Uttar Dakshin".
Isha Koppiker started her career as Karisma Kapoor's best friend in "Fiza". She'd have remained a giggly pal all her life if Varma hadn't jumped in with the item song "Khallas".
And then there's Mallika Sherawat. Not too many people know she was introduced as Reema Lamba by Vashu Bhagnani in the disastrous Kareena-Tusshar-starrer "Jeena Sirrf Tere Liye". The film vanished without a trace. And so would Mallika if she hadn't been made over for "Khwahish".
Not all makeovers are equally successful.
Flora Saini was introduced in that nondescript cinema of pulp patriotism "Bharat Bhagya Vidhata". Rajat Mukherjee changed her image in "Love In Nepal", but her fortunes have not changed.
In the final run it's the individual's worth that gives rise to a new star. Or else the chances of tilting the scales are pretty dim.
Rani Mukherjee was lucky to go from the frumpy firebrand in her debut film "Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat" to the smouldering siren with the short-short dresses in Karan Johar's "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai".
But exposing skin has not helped turn around the fate and fortunes of Antara Mali, who tried to metamorphose from the girl next door in "Mast" to the sensuous woman of "Road".