They say good things come in small packages. If you are wondering what we are talking about, a cameo role or cameo appearance is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves. Well thats the wikipedia definition for you, so hope you got what I am saying. Bollywood stars making such cameo or special appearances in movies have become a common sighting but not all such special appearances are worth watching.
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Only some Bollywood star's special appearances were worth worth watching for us, and worth for the stars also to be doing such a role. When we are thinking of such an appearance then the first person that comes to our mind is Amitabh Bachchan who has made a lot of such notable appearances in movies.These roles are generally small, many of them non-speaking ones, and are commonly either appearances in a work in which they hold some special significance (such as actors from an original movie appearing in its remake), or renowned people making uncredited appearances.
Cameos have always added some brownie points for movies who are looking for publicity and fear they might go unnoticed. Whether are a small role, a song and dance sequence or even stars appearing as themselves - cameos are not an underrated part in movies. So we bring to you the best cameo appearances in Bollywood.
Best Cameo Appearances In Bollywood:
Salman Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Salman Khan's role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was integral to the climax - so if can call it a cameo in its true sense is suspect. Whatever the case may be, the actor received a Filmfare Award for best supporting actor for his role in KKHH. This is the only film after Karan Arjun that these two Khans acted in together - what with their famous rift.
Priyanka Chopra in Ra.One
Ra.One was a movie with much hype in 2011 - and the cameo roles probably added to it. Along with Sanjay Dutt as the Khal Nayak, Priyanka Chopra made a cameo appearance in the movie as the Desi Girl. The sequence took place in the little boy Prateek's dream - where Dutt had captured Priyanka and G.One came to rescue her. Going by the movie's tone, her OTT performance probably didn't seem too odd.
Kareena Kapoor in Billu
Kareena Kapoor has not done many cameos, and when she did it for the song ‘Marjaani Marjaani' in Billu- she actually did it for free! Kareena dances to the number with SRK which shot in Billu's village. And if the protagonist is going to be star-struck, who better than Kareena to the object of his star-crush?
Juhi Chawla in Andaz Apna Apna
We love it best when stars make a cameo as themselves. And in Andaz Apna Apna it wasJuhi Chawla who did so. The actress' car broke down on the roads, and seeing her Aamir Khan's character exclaims, ‘Aila, Juhi Chawla!' Aamir then takes up the scene with his tomfoolery, while Juhi wins the audience's heart as just ‘Juhi' with her adept comic timing and bubbly nature.
Hrithik Roshan in Luck By Chance
Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance, a movie about an aspiring actor in Bollywood, saw many cameo appearances by the likes of John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor. But it was Hrithik Roshan who stole the limelight with the Rajasthani song and video ‘Baware'. Dressed in a zany outfit in an equally colorful set, Roshan was the cameo cherry on top of the movie.
Amitabh Bachchan in Paheli
Paheli, when it released in 2005, was a critic's favorite and won many accolades. And who should play a cameo in the ghost movie, but Big B himself! As an old shepherd Gadariya who helps out the protagonists, Amitabh Bachchan made a memorable cameo. So much better than his Captain Sparrow-street singer avatar in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Vidya Balan in Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobara
The recently released sequel to OUATIM may have not have received rave reviews - but one thing is certain. Vidya Balan's surprise appearance in the movie went down well with audiences. The cameo was not given away by the makers during the promotions or in the trailer, so when Vidya appeared for a song wearing a burkha - it was a pleasant surprise.
Akshay Kumar in Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om was another movie where Bollywood movies ruled as the meta-text (a movie talking about movies). And Akshay Kumar's cameo thus was a representation of his ‘Khiladi' image. He dodges bullets of his enemies with his cupped hands and shoots them back with a pistol from his pelvis. What an action sequence!
Madhuri Dixit in Dharavi
Dharavi was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 1991 - and was showcased in a number of international film festivals. Om Puri plays how a taxi driver somehow scraps through a meager life in the slums of Mumbai - and the one thing that takes his depression away is Madhuri Dixit. The actress appeared in a cameo role in the movie, as part of Puri's escapist daydreams.
Abhishek Bachchan in Salaam Namaste
As far as comic relief goes, Junior Bachchan did provide some laughs as the bumbling gynecologist in Salaam Namaste. Dressed in scrubs with black-rimmed glasses - Abhishek Bachchan made an entry into the film as Preity Zinta was admitted into the hospital after she went into labor.