Deepika Padukone’s Blonde Wig In Pathaan Proves Indian Spy Films Need Better Disguises

Yes, she fooled absolutely nobody!

Ever since we found out about Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham’s upcoming film Pathaan, we’ve all been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the film to release. I mean, it is SRK’s comeback after nearly 5 years. And the controversy around ‘Besharam Rang’ just added fuel to the fire. Add to that the bomb trailer of the film that dropped on January 10, we just cannot keep calm to watch the film. But Deepika Padukone’s badass avatar in the trailer really caught our attention. Fans are loving her looks in the film except for one look where her character is seen wearing a disguise with an ILL-FITTED BLONDE WIG!

Over the years, we’ve seen several Indian spy thrillers and several actors wearing different disguises. And as much as we love these films, the truth is that a wig does not count as a disguise. Now, I have nothing against wigs or blonde hair but c’mon, when has wearing a wig ever fooled anyone? In all honesty, if someone were to wear a wig as ill-fitted and off as the one worn by Deepika Padukone in the Pathaan, it would take me, a regular person, all of 5 seconds to figure out 1. it’s fake and 2. it’s Deepika Padukone. That look isn’t fooling anyone TBH. Also, it’s essential to note that in the film Deepika’s character is most probably wearing a disguise to go undercover and fool people who are either spies or trained security personnel. If it were real life, someone like that wouldn’t even need to look the second time to spot that fake disguise that clearly isn’t working out. And yet, filmmakers and makeup artists use wigs to push the limits of their creative liberty but if someone were to ask me, I’d say it’s just lazy to not give a spy a proper disguise.

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Come to think of it, Bollywood used to put more effort into disguises back in 2006 than it does now. Remember Dhoom 2? Yep, I’m talking about the disguises worn by Hrithik Roshan’s character in the film. That’s what you call a disguise. Throwing a wig on someone’s head is not going to magically turn them into someone else. In 2023, Bollywood seems to be trying to take a shortcut instead of actually getting creative. I mean, after all the remakes and remixes, now we also have to put up with the B-town MUAs trying a shortcut to create a disguise instead of actually doing their jobs.

Now, if I were to cut my hair in a short bob and colour them blonde, would I still look like me? Of course. Women have time and again used hairstyles to make a beauty statement or portray it as a reflection of the changes in their lives. A new hairstyle may mean that they’ve grown to become a new person but it does not make them unrecognisable. And as much as we like escapism, these spy thrillers aren’t superhero films where it’s okay to take your creative liberty a notch higher. Some realism wouldn’t do anyone any harm, except for the makeup artist who might have to work harder to create an actual look where the character is unrecognisable enough for the spectator to believe in the storyline and grandeur of it all.

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Having said that, a disguise does not have to be bad to hide someone’s real self. But in this case, Deepika Padukone’s disguise in Pathaan is not giving us a sore eye because it’s ill-fitted, it’s also difficult to see and digest because it does not compliment her one bit. Be it wigs or makeup, these beauty tricks are ideally supposed to be used to enhance the features of an actor to suit their character. And as we can see, that ugly, ill-fitted blonde wig, is not complimenting the actress AT ALL. What’s worse is that it seems like the people concerned did not even bother to check the fit of the wig to make it seem even a tad bit authentic.

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Janvi Manchanda

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