In the glitzy realm of Bollywood, where opulence and extravagance are the norm, actors often wear their roles like a second skin. However, some performances demand more than just emotional dedication; they demand physical endurance and the ability to carry the weight – quite literally.
These actors have donned costumes so exorbitantly heavy that it would make our jaws drop and our respect for their dedication soar. From intricate lehengas to metallic arm accessories, let's delve into the world of Bollywood's most heavy costumes that not only shocked us but also made us praise and raise our respect towards stars who wore them with such grace and commitment. ALSO READ: Bollywood Divas Create History By Being First Indian Ambassadors Of THESE Prestigious International Brands!
A Look At Bollywood’s Heavy Couture & Heavier Dedication!
1. Alia Bhatt’s Magical Bridal Finery in ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani’
‘Kudmayi’, a song that left everyone awestruck through its music and beautiful appearances of actors but our hearts stopped at Alia Bhatt. No actual number but sharing about the weight and how difficult it was to carry the ensembles, she said in an interview, “Kudmayi was shot right after my wedding, and I think I was wearing a 3000 kg lehenga because it was really heavy. I had to walk like a dream. I was like why do brides do that to themselves?”
2. Deepika Padukone’s Fiery Avatar in 'Ram Leela'
Deepika Padukone left everyone mesmerized through her striking performance in the ‘Nagada’ song from ‘Ram Leela’ in which she wore a 30 kg lehenga, effortlessly emoting in such a heavy attire showcasing her dedication to her craft.
3. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Jodha Akbar'
You won’t believe it! Aishwarya Rai’s iconic character of Jodha from the historic cult-classic film ‘Jodha Akbar’ jewellery was made up of 400 kgs of gold and precious stones moulding. While, her lehenga featuring intricate zardozi work weighed 25 kg, designed by Neeta Lulla. Leaving us in awe, not just of her beauty but of her ability to carry such an enormous weight with poise.
4. Kareena Kapoor Khan's Astounding Statement in 'Ki & Ka'
Kareena Kapoor Khan wore a 32 kg Manish Malhotra-designed embellished lehenga in ‘Ki & Kia’, featuring heavy embroidery. Her portrayal of a strong, independent woman challenged stereotypes, and her physical commitment to the role was nothing short of inspiring.
5. Rani Mukerji's Stunning Appearance in 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna'
In the scene where Rani Mukerji epitomized elegance and sophistication in her bridal look of ‘Kabhi Alvida naa Kehna’, the lehenga was made at 25 kg created by renowned Manish Malhotra that featured heavy embroidery and intricate zardozi work. Her grace in carrying the heavy attire reflected her professionalism and commitment to her character.
6. Amitabh Bachchan's Majestic Aura in 'Shahenshah'
An all-rounder and one of our dearest superstars Amitabh Bachchan leaves no stone unturned at any moment to entertain his audience, and from his legendary movie ‘Shahenshah’ he wore a metal arm accessory that weighed 14 kgs adding to his majestic aura as the iconic character.
7. Anushka Sharma's Glamorous Elegance in 'Bombay Velvet'
Anushka Sharma’s spectacular sequin green gown worn in ‘Bombay Velvet’ was about a crazy 35 kgs! Designed by Niharika Bhasin Khan, showcased the actress’s dedication to carry the weight with grace and confidence highlighted her professionalism and commitment to her character.
8. Madhuri Dixit's Dance Extravaganza in 'Devdas'
Iconic film’s iconic song ‘Kaahe Chhed Mohe’ featured Madhuri Dixit in a 30 kg red-golden lehenga. Talking on the same once in an interview she said, “Imagine doing Kathak in a ghaghra weighing 30 kg! Even when I stopped dancing, my ghaghra wouldn't stop swirling. It was almost impossible to do the shot." Her grace and energy while dancing in these heavy outfits left an indelible mark, earning her immense respect from fans and critics alike.
Adding on, her mirror-work lehenga designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla weighed 10 kg and they revealed an astounding fact that to complete the attire it took about two long months and an entire team of highly skilled artisans. They also won a National Award for Best Costume Design and the ensemble was further been a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s exhibition, The Fabric of India 2015.
9. Samantha Ruth Prabhu's Mythical Aura in 'Shakunthalam'
In an interview, Samantha revealed that she wore a 30 kg lehenga in ‘Shakunthalam’, embodying a mythical character with ethereal beauty.
10. Vivek Oberoi’s Heroic Finale in 'Krrish 3'
The climax from ‘Krrish 3’ that gives us chills by none other than the villainous character played by Vivek Oberoi’s costume was made up of 28 kgs and as per reports, it used to take him 2-3 hours and around 7-8 guys to don in that outfit.
11. Sridevi's Regal Splendor in 'Puli'
Sridevi’s ever-lasting grace and acting prowess are widely known and one of her golden costumes from the Tamil film ‘Puli’ was designed by Manish Malhotra over 20 kg that showcased her seamless breathtaking appearance and her ability to carry the weight with regal poise demonstrated her dedication to delivering a majestic performance.
12. Anushka Sharma’s Elegant Ensemble in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'
Popular ‘Channa Mereya’ song from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has everyone’s heart and to know Anushka Sharma's golden embellished attire carried a weight of 17 to 20 kgs. She confessed once that it is not at all an easy task to walk in that ensemble.
13. Deepika Padukone’s Warrior Spirit in 'Bajirao Mastani'
Knowing for her incredible on-screen persona, not only in ‘Ram Leela’ but also in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ Deepika Padukone’s armour weighed 20 kg, embodying the true warrior princess Mastani left the audience in awe.
14. Saiyami Kher's Royal Attire in 'Mirzya'
From the film ‘Mirzya’ making her debut in the world of Bollywood, Saiyami Kher’s bridal outfit was made up of intricate thread and mirrors and carried a weight of 15 kg.
15. Sridevi’s Royal Grandeur in ‘Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja’
The majestic actress Sridevi wore a costume weighing 25 kgs in the song ‘Dushman dil ka who hai’ from the film ‘Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka raja’ and it was designed by Neeta Lulla. In an interview to a portal she had said, "It weighed over 25 kg and Sridevi wore it continuously for 15 days. We had to mend it every night due to the damage caused by the vigorous dance routine." Truly! She is simply remarkable and irreplaceable ever.
16. Sophie Chaudhary's Bold Statement in 'Kidnap'
Have you ever imagined just a bralette top and a small skirt would weigh 15 kg? Well, if not then Sophie Chaudhary made a bold statement in ‘Kidnap’ by adorning a 20 kg co-ord set!
The films seamlessly etch into our souls but what makes it even more special and enduring by knowing such top-notch facts which dives us into their masterpiece work that raises our immense respect more and more. And Ii a world valuing appearances, these actors embody characters with unmatched dedication and grace, bearing the weight of their roles with awe-inspiring commitment. Despite physical challenges, their unwavering passion shines through. Let's applaud them, recognizing that cinema is more than glamour—it's a testament to enduring dedication.