A Bollywood actor's career is filled with peaks and lows and very
few lucky ones have been able to scale the top after being at the
lowest. This week, BollyCurry presents to you the movies that revived
the careers of actors that had their stars dimming low!
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) : Saif Ali Khan
early years of the Chotte Nawab's career had nothing noteworthy, except
for a few hits delivered via multi-starrer movies. Fast forward to the
year 2001, almost 8 years of struggle and with more than a dozen flops
in his collection, Khan was back with a bang in Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai
(2001). Although this too, was a multi-starrer, all three lead actors
had their share of spotlight and Khan's character adored by many. His
career graph took a turn for the better and he went on to win quite a
few accolades - including Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor
(2004), National Film Award for Best Actor (2004) and the prestigious
Padma Shri honor (2010).
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2009) : Genelia Deshmukh
Genelia Dsouza debuted in Bollywood with Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003), an unfortunate disappointment at the box office. That resulted in her shifting to regional language movies down South.
Through that, she was able to attain stardom with her impressive
performances in both Tamil and Telugu movies. The queen of chirpiness
virtually had a re-launch in Bollywood with Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
(2009), opposite a then-newbie Imran Khan. The movie was declared a
super-hit and Mrs Deshmukh had finally revived her flagging Bollywood
Dhoom (2004) : Abhishek Bachchan
The abysmal reception for Abhishek Bachchan's debut movie Refugee
(2000), was a sign of things to come. The expectations the audience had
from Big B's son never matched with the performances he delivered in
the movies that followed. Over the next three years, Bachchan starred in
around twelve movies, almost all of which were poorly received. The
long run of flop films came to a halt with India's first bike-heist
movie - Dhoom (2004). Bachchan was finally able to carve a niche of his own and now has a handful of hit movies in his kitty, namely Bunty aur Babli (2005), Guru (2007), Dostana (2008) and Bol Bachchan (2012).
Aashiqui 2 (2013) : Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor
Aashqiui 2 was
the new lease of life that its lead actors, Aditya Roy Kapur and
Shraddha Kapoor might have fervently hoped and prayed for. Roy Kapur
had done three films since his debut in 2009 and all three of them were
unsuccessful. Kapoor too had suffered a similar fate with her initial
movies. Aashiqui 2, remake of a popular 90's movie, turned out to
be a commercial success and the lead pair became superstars overnight.
They followed it up with some critically acclaimed performances in hit
movies, such as Roy in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Kapoor in Ek Villain (2014).
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) : Hrithik Roshan
After a dream debut in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Hrithik's star status was on the wane after a series of dismal performances in forgettable movies such as Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002), Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003). He made a powerful comeback with home production Koi... Mil Gaya
(2003), which became a blockbuster in India and overseas; Roshan was
finally back in the game. His career was on a steady rise again and he
further strengthened it by featuring in many more hits, some of which
are Krrish (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011).
everyone no matter their field has to go through their share of
struggles and tribulations. Similarly Bollywood being one of the largest
film industries of the world is a place where more often than not,
every artist goes through highs and lows in their journey to fame. Those
who are able to change that graph with a single film which helps them
revive their career surely have their lucky stars to thank. Actors such
as Deepika Padukone with Cocktail (2012), Kangana Ranaut with Queen (2014), Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor with Jab We Met (2007) or Salman Khan with Tere Naam (2004) are few additional fine examples of this.
is a place where lady luck seems to change sides in the blink of an eye
and there are many actors and actresses who have gained success after
long stints of struggle. The struggling aspirants of today can sure gain
inspiration from some of the big names featured in this article. They
are proof enough that when the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Time and again many famous faces have proven that if you make your job a
passion and continue to work hard you will surely be rewarded. Don't
forget to mention anyone that fits into this category that we might have
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Writer: Aishwarya S.
Editor(s): Harjot D., Komal P. and Hershi J.
Graphics: Komal P.