“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, or as he is better known, Charlie Chaplin, is remembered till date for his vital contribution comic roles in the era of silent films. His roles have been recreated several times in the history of cinema, however, none seemed to live up to the legacy he created.
‘The tramp’ of Hollywood cast so strong an impression in the silent film era, an impression so deep, that it still craves to be filled. Chaplin-esque cinema, which is etched in history for films like City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, and The Circus – will always remain relevant and timeless!
When it comes to Bollywood, too, the legacy of Charlie Chaplin has been resuscitated every now and then. Every generation of films in the industry has had some or the other version of Charlie Chaplin inculcated in them. Even in photo shoots and the likes, the Chaplin theme never shows signs of dying! Here are the top 6 actors in Bollywood who have been inspired by Charlie Chaplin!
1. Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor sure goes down the hall of fame when it comes to being inspired by Chaplin! Raj Kapoor was an imitation of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp-like figure in many of his films – be it Awaara, or Mera Naam Joker. His impression of Chaplin’s style remains one which is unparalleled till date!
Who says Charlie Chaplin inspired only the men in Bollywood? Sridevi, too, has done an impression of Charlie Chaplin in her film Mr. India. She was jovial, energetic, and thoroughly brilliant as Mr. Chaplin in the song.
3. Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor carried on the legacy of his grandfather Raj Kapoor by imitating ‘the tramp’ in two of his films. In Barfi!, Ranbir Kapoor made an attempt at choreographing a comedic-sequence similar to the Chaplin-esque style. Even in his comedy film Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, Ranbir Kapoor played the role of ‘Chalu Chaplin’.
4. Karisma Kapoor
Another Kapoor to join the Chaplin bandwagon, Karisma Kapoor has also donned the avatar of the legend! She posed as Charlie Chaplin for a photo shoot she did, very early in her film career.
4. Akshay Kumar
If there’s any celebrity in Bollywood who is a self-professed lover of Chaplin, it has to be Khiladi star Akshay Kumar. Kumar confessed to keeping a photograph of the actor in his wallet, as according to him, Charlie Chaplin was one of the greatest entertainers in the history of entertainment! Akshay Kumar’s look in the film Gold, was too, reminiscent of the bygone Chaplin era.
5. Sonam Kapoor
Another girl to join the group of celebrities inspired by Chaplin would be Sonam Kapoor, with her homage to the legend in her own funky style! The actress shared a ‘then-vs-now’ post of her childhood, when she was dressed up as Chaplin and her recreation in the present.
6. Ranveer Singh
While Ranveer Singh was in Switzerland, he did an entire series of photographs as a tribute to the legend! There were pictures of Ranveer Singh dancing, posing, and just generally being himself in the photo-series but with the angle of Chaplin in them.
The legacy of Charlie Chaplin lingers on through his presence that keeps on getting resuscitated. However, it is a less-known trivia that even after his death, Charlie Chaplin had pulled off a prank. Right after his death and burial, two robbers made off with his coffin and demanded a ransom of $600,000 from his wife. The robbers, however, were caught in the act and the coffin restored to its original resting place – this time with a cemented, concrete vault.
“In the end, everything is a gag.”
– Charlie Chaplin