16 Weird And Fascinating Facts About Bollywood 

1. Dev Anand and Aditya Pancholi’s dead stepmother in Awwal Number was Cindy Crawford.

Dev Anand and Aditya Pancholi's dead stepmother in Awwal Number was Cindy Crawford.

She never actually appears in the film except in this one framed photo, though. Maybe that’s what art director found in his room.

2. The baby version of Preity Zinta’s character in Sangharsh was played by a very young Alia Bhatt.

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3. Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D had a tiny easter egg appearance from a character in his next film Gulaal.

Anurag Kashyap's Dev D had a tiny easter egg appearance from a character in his next film Gulaal.

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4. Rahul Khanna’s Canadian girlfriend in Bollywood/Hollywood was played by Jessica Paré, a.k.a. Megan Draper from Mad Men.

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5. The guy dancing to “Chunari Chunari” in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding was a younger (and very different looking) Ram Kapoor.

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6. Though his breakout role came with Iqbal in 2005, Shreyas Talpade’s Bollywood debut was actually in a small role as a chaiwallah in 2002’s Aankhen.

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7. Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi features multiple nods to Feluda, another popular Bengali detective series.

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The newspaper headline is a reference to Bosepukure Khunkharapi, or The Bosepukure Murder Case, a popular story from the Feluda novels.

8. One of Shah Rukh Khan’s first roles was in a TV film titled In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, which starred and was written by Arundhati Roy.

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9. The girl in the “Kya aap Close-Up karte hain?” ad was Deepika Padukone a few years before her film debut.

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10. In Rang De Basanti, Sue’s grandfather’s watch is shown to have stopped at 7:30 pm, which is the exact time Bhagat Singh was hanged in real life.

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The opening scene of the film shows her grandfather dropping and breaking the watch during Bhagat Singh’s hanging.

11. The 1967 Rajendra Kumar film Aman had a cameo by none other than the Nobel Prize winning British philosopher Lord Bertrand Russell.

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12. Nikhil Advani and Farah Khan appeared together in a scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

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13. Before becoming popular with 3 Idiots, Omi Vaidya’s first on-screen role came back in 2005 in an episode of Arrested Development.

In fact, he has appeared in a number of American sitcoms, including The Office.

14. Aamir Khan’s future wife Kiran Rao had a fleeting appearance in his 2001 hit Dil Chahta Hai.

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15. Before he became a famous director, Rajkumar Hirani acted in a Fevicol ad.

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16. Katrina Kaif starred in a commercial for Fevicol all the way back in 2000, three years before her debut film.