B-Town debutants who struggled to make it big
We take a look at Bollywood actresses who landed a big Hindi film but haven't kept the momentum going with similarly plum roles
Bollywood has no dearth of new entrants — what with film star sons and daughters as also TV actors and beauty pageant winners trying their luck in this industry. And while making an impact with a film can be challenging, getting another project to keep the career going isn’t easy either. Some see their career take off smoothly while others to have wait longer. HitList takes a look at actresses who landed a big Hindi film but haven’t kept the momentum going with similarly plum roles.
Known for her role in: 'Shuddh Desi Romance' (2013)
Current status: When you’re starring alongside a bubbly actress such as Parineeti Chopra, it’s difficult to hog screen time. However, this debutante did manage to win praise for her work in this love triangle. Right now, she has no Bollywood projects in hand and is busy with cinema projects in the South film industry.
Known for her role in: 'Lucky: No Time for Love' (2005)
Current status: This Aishwarya Rai lookalike had a dream debut opposite Salman Khan. Following which, she starred in Sohail Khan’s Aryan which faced problems before it could release. Since then, she has been working in the South film industry. There’s a buzz that she’s keen on making a Bollywood comeback.
Known for her role in: 'Neal 'N' Nikki' (2005)
Current status: Her filmography is marked by forgettable films that either released after much delay or didn’t release at all. The only film that marked her foray into Bollywood as a leading actress was opposite Uday Chopra. And it was a dud. Post that, she hasn’t bagged another lead role.
Known for her role in: 'The Lunchbox' (2013)
Current status: Despite delivering one of the finest performances of the year, there’s no word about her second film. It seems that she is still reading scripts and is yet to sign on the dotted line. It may be pointed out here that though Vasan Bala’s 2012 film Peddlers stars her, it hasn’t found a commercial release yet.
Known for her role in: 'Nautanki Saala' (2013)
Current status: Very few actresses manage to move from commercials to big screen, but Pooja belonged to this set. This model-turned-actress was paired opposite Ayushmann Khurrana in the romantic comedy, Nautanki Saala. But post that there hasn’t been any word on her next film.
Known for her role in: 'Ekk Deewana Tha' (2012)
Current status: Post her debut opposite then-boyfriend Prateik Babbar, this young actress has shifted base to South India in order to continue working in films.
Known for her role in: 'Besharam' (2013)
Current status: Following a handful of films in which she played second fiddle to the main starcast, Pallavi landed a big project when she bagged Besharam opposite Ranbir Kapoor. And while she is yet to star in another Bollywood film, latest buzz has it that she has signed a Tamil film.
Known for her role in: 'Housefull 2' (2012)
Current status: She debuted with Veer (2010) and followed it up with a small role in Ready (2011) and a plum role in Sajid Khan’s comedy caper, Housefull 2, the next year. But in 2013, audiences didn’t see her on the big screen.
>> Meera Joglekar debuted opposite Joy Mukherjee in Ek Kali Muskai (1968). Although the film was successful, Meera didn’t follow it up with another film.
Joy Mukherjee and Meera Joglekar in Ek Kali Muskai
>> Archana’s performance in the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, Buddha Mil Gaya (1971) was noted by one and all but post that film, she disappeared from the industry.
>> Savita Bajaj had a prominent role in Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (1970), for which she received accolades. However, she didn’t take on another film post this one.
>> Anu Agarwal had a dream debut in Aashiqui (1990) opposite fellow-newbie Rahul Roy. But none of her other films came close to the magic created by her debut.
>> Chandni debuted opposite heartthrob Salman Khan in Sanam Bewafa (1991) and the film was immensely popular while her film career later took a plunge