7 Bollywood Actors Hilariously Playing Themselves
Director Abhishek Sharma’s ‘The Shaukeens’ (playing everywhere) sees a star struck fan girl played by Lisa Haydon, obsessing over the Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar. While not an uncommon plot in Bollywood, the best part is that Akshay Kumar actually stars in the comedy as an alcoholic version of himself and reportedly, doesn’t pass up any opportunities to make fun of himself or his career in Bollywood.
So in honor of Akshay Kumar’s satirical performance of himself in ‘The Shaukeens’, here is a list of other Bollywood actors and actresses who have played themselves in movies with hilarious results.
Juhi Chawla & Govinda in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994)
In one of the funniest scenes from a movie filled with funny scenes, Amir Khan’s Amar dreams of meeting Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla. Chawla appears in the dream sequence as a sexy and seductive version of herself and the hilarity continues as even Govinda makes a brief appearance.
Salman Khan in ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ (2009)
Salman appears in this romantic comedy after Ranbir Kapoor’s character Prem, coincidentally a screen name that Khan himself has used multiple times in his career, tries to impress a girl saying he’s besties with the Khan. The girl is played by Katrina Kaif, and the inside joke of this scene is that Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif had actually been dating during the making of this movie.
Salman Khan (again) in ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’ (2013)
This is the 3rd Rajkumar Santoshi movie on this list, and has another Salman Khan appearance, who even takes a dig at the other movie on this list. While being followed by Shahid Kapoor’s character dressed as a Cop, Salman rudely awakens in his car and frantically wonders if his chauffeur has broken any traffic laws. The reference is to the countless court cases that Khan has pending for many motor vehicle accidents resulting in deaths and injury of people and animals.
Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra & Karan Johar in ‘Genius Of The Year’ (2014)
Although not technically movie roles, many Bollywood stars take part in this satirical video based on Alia Bhatt’s perceived dumb-ness after a disastrous appearance on the Talk Show ‘Koffee With Karan’. The video further mocks Bhatt, and documents her journey at a ‘brain gym’, which helps her get over her shallow stupidity. The video is probably the best self deprecating roles for any Bollywood star to have done, especially given that it’s based off of an actual incident that’s been tabloid fodder. The other stars also take a few pot shots at themselves.