Bollywood\'s debut disasters
Nargis Fakhri: Rockstar Debuting opposite heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor in an Intiaz Ali film earned her much hype as expected. Born of a Czech mother and Pakistani father, this model-turned-actress drew flak for her lack of acting skills and bad dialogue delivery coupled with poor diction.
A discovery of ace lensman Suresh Natarajan, Sarah won a talent hunt contest by a music channel and went on to host two shows for them. She also featured in a video by an Australian group. She signed the Tamil rom-com Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai opposite Vishal Krishna, and before its release, signed Abhinay Deo’s Game opposite Abhishek Bachchan. Her song Maiya maiya didn’t send many pulses racing.
With producer Karim Morani as her father and Shah Rukh Khan producing her debut film, she couldn’t have asked for more. But Always Kabhi Kabhi helmed by first time director Roshan Abbas didn’t appeal to the youth, the target audience of this campus rom-com. Fortunately, Shyam Benegal is giving her another chance.
This former Miss India was signed by Vashu Bhagnani to debut opposite his son Jackky. While the movie paid off for the producer who was re-launching his son after a dud debut, it didn’t really get Puja much notice.
Another former Miss India, she debuted with a women-centric film, United Six, but it found no takers at the box-office. Consequently, Parvathy headed south, with Major Ravi’s Madan Kolli. Her big move was signing up Billa 2 with South superstar Ajith Kumar.
An aspiring model, she was signed for Arunima Dua’s Yeh Faasley and Parvin Dabas’ Sahi Dhande Galat Bandhe. Neither emerged a hit.
Winning the Miss India crown has paved the way to Bollywood for many of our current actresses. This Punjabi kudi participated on Zor Ka Jhatka hosted by SRK. It was during her stint in marketing that she was offered Jo Hum Chaahein. The film, also a debut for co-actor Sunny Gill, didn’t create any buzz at the ticket windows.
Starting her career on the small screen, she played a part-time commercial sex worker in Mukesh Bhatt’s Murder 2. However, there’s no news of her second movie yet.
The son of politician Ram Vilas Paswan, Chirag decided to stay away from his father’s profession and instead try his luck in Bollywood. His debut film created a buzz, but not for the right reasons. Apparently, the film’s heroine Kangna Ranaut was being paid a whopping Rs 5 crore to act opposite him. The film bombed at the box office.