It’s Janmashtami today, the birthday of Lord Krishna, and as always Bollywood inspires parallels between this festival and the various celebs we know
Now we know how the winner takes it all during the dahi handi festival – you climb up to the top of the pyramid, hit the matki and voila! you have the jackpot prize. So we at BollywoodLife bring you actors from B-town who almost got to the top of that starry pyramid but instead of hitting the matki, they had a great fall! Imran Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Ameesha Patel and Neil Nitin Mukesh made a dhamakedaar entry into film biz with their debut films and each was tagged the next big thing in B-town. Unfortunately, they failed to live up to their initial success and didn’t make it to the top, as they – and we – expected. Here’s why…..
Imran Khan: He made his debut with Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na in 2008 and became the chocolate boy of Bollywood. However Imran, unlike his mamu Aamir Khan, couldn’t continue on his streak of success for long. He was seen in films like Kidnap, Luck and Break Ke Baad, which failed to impress the audience and the critics. Even his latest release Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara didn’t fare well at the box office. We hope his next with talented director Vikramaditya Motwane changes things around professionally for him.
Vivek Oberoi: With his very first film Company (2002), Vivek made his presence felt in Bollywood and even swept up a few awards for his impeccable acting. The same year, he starred in Saathiya and proved that he had everything needed to be the next superstar. But his career took a complete u-turn after he took a panga with Salman Khan (we all know that infamous story, no?). While Vivek has survived in the industry, his one mistake ruined his chances of reaching the top.
Ameesha Patel: This babe had a dream launch with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai back in 2000. In 2001, she grabbed the limelight once again with Gaddar which turned out to be a blockbuster as well. Just two films old and Ameesha became a star overnight. But her stardom was short lived as Ms Patel chose all the wrong projects thereafter (believe us the list is really long).
Neil Nitin Mukesh: This good looking lad entered Bollywood with the critically acclaimed Johnny Gaddaar (2007). He had the looks, personality and everything else to be a star. Neil went on to act in films like Jail, New York, Saat Khoon Maaf and David. While he earned praise for all his talent and convincing playing out of the roles he chose, the actor failed to make his mark in commercial cinema.
Bhagyashree: She made her debut opposite Salman Khan in Maine Pyaar Kiya and the film became one of the biggest blockbusters of 1989. Bhagyashree got noticed, but instead of signing big projects, she got married. Now we all know the options are very limited for actresses in Bollywood after marriage and children. And there is no exception in this case either. While the B-town beauty came back to the big screen, none of the films offered to her explored her acting skills too deeply.