These '90s Bollywood actresses failed to make it big

Updated: Aug 25, 2019, 10:23 | Nikita Wagh
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    Namrata Shirodkar: The younger sister of Shilpa Shirodkar, Namrata quickly rose to fame with her performance in hit movies like Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998) and Vaastav: The Reality (1999). Most of her subsequent films failed at the Box Office, and she ultimately stopped getting film offers from Bollywood. While filming for a Telugu movie with Mahesh Babu, she fell in love with the South superstar. The two tied the knot in 2005, after which Namrata chose to become a homemaker. She has two children Gautam Krishna and Sitara.

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    Shilpa Shirodkar: She was pretty popular in the early 90s having featured in films like Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) and Hum (1991). But her fame waned when films failed back-to-back at the box office. After marrying and settling down in London in 2000, she made a comeback with the television show Ek Mutthi Aasmaan. In the show, she played a domestic help named Kamlabai.

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    Priya Gill: The pretty actress featured in hit films like Tere Mere Sapne (1996) and Sirf Tum (1998) early in her career. However, with movies like Bade Dilwala (1999) and Josh (2000) not doing well, her career graph tumbled. She disappeared from the scene altogether in the next couple of years.

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    Anu Aggarwal: Best remembered for Mahesh Bhatt's 1990 film Aashiqui, Aggarwal disappeared from Bollywood after appearing in a few unremarkable movies like Khalnayika (1993). She met with a road accident in 1999 and was in a coma for a month. However, she managed to recover and later even wrote a book in 2015, that narrated her journey.

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    Kimi Katkar: Best remembered for her movie Hum (1991) opposite Amitabh Bachchan and the chartbuster song Jumma Chumma De De, Kimi's subsequent films failed at the box office. She quit Bollywood after marriage and settled in Australia.

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    Mamta Kulkarni: She had a highly promising start to her career with numerous hits like Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995) and Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995). Poor film selections and too many off-field controversies led to Mamta's downfall.

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    Ayesha Jhulka: She entered Bollywood with a bang, featuring in big hits like Khiladi (1992) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) early in her career. Ayesha, however, couldn't enjoy the success for a longer time, as most of her subsequent films flopped. She made her comeback in Anil Sharma's Genius in 2018.

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    Ashwini Bhave: A popular name in the Marathi industry, Ashwini made a promising foray into Bollywood with Heena (1991). After a handful of unsuccessful movies, she shifted focus back to Marathi films.

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    Neha: Kareeb (1998) may have had tanked at the Box Office, but Neha's performance in the film was highly appreciated. In spite of garnering decent fan following, Neha couldn't taste success, as Fiza (2000) and Rahul (2001) also didn't perform well. Neha, whose real name is Shabana Raza, married Manoj Bajpayee in 2006 and eventually quit the film industry.

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    Nagma: She made a promising debut with Baaghi (1990) opposite Salman Khan. Though her films didn't do well in the Hindi film industry, she tasted success after she shifted her focus down south. Nagma went on to join politics.

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    Pooja Batra: The beauty queen-turned-actress gave an acclaimed performance in Virasat (1997) as Anil Kapoor's girlfriend. She even won a best supporting award for the same. However, she made few unremarkable appearances films like - Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (2000), Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (2001) and the list goes on. Soon Batra disappeared from the showbiz. She was back in the news after she married actor Nawab Shah.

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    Mayuri Kango: She made a poignant debut in 'Naseem' (1995), a film based on the Babri Masjid demolition. Mayuri went on to feature in unsuccessful films like 'Papa Kehte Hain' (1996) and 'Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet' (1999). After seeing a sinking Bollywood, Mayuri cleverly shifted focus to television later.

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    Anjala Zaveri: She made a much-hyped debut opposite another debutant Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra (1997). While Khanna has gone on to become one of Hindi cinema's finest actors, Anjala's career never took off. Her only hit Bollywood film till date is Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), in which she had a supporting role. Like many others, she also has tasted success in the South industry.

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    Sheeba: She featured in a number of movies in the 90s, most notably - Hum Hain Kamaal Ke (1993), Boy Friend (1993) and Miss 420 (1998). However, none of her films worked, and a few years later she stopped getting film offers. Sheeba made a comeback in 2017 with the television series Haasil.

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    Ramya Krishnan: An extremely popular face down south, Ramya failed to make it big in Bollywood despite bagging big projects like Khalnayak (1993), Parampara (1993) and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998). She gained popularity in Bollywood recently thanks to her role as Queen Shivagami in Baahubali.

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    Farah Naaz: Tabu's older sister, Farah acted opposite many leading men of the early 90s like Aamir Khan, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor. She acted with Aamir in two films - Jawani Jindabad (1990) and Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992), but both bombed at the Box Office. Farah left the industry soon after. She made a memorable comeback with comic-caper Hulchul (2004).

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    Farheen: She got a chance to exhibit her talent in films like Jaan Tere Naam (1992), Sainik (1993) and Nazar Ke Samne (1995), the last two starring Akshay Kumar. All her films failed, and Farheen soon disappeared from the showbiz. She is now married to former India cricketer Manoj Prabhakar.

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    Sonali Bendre: The Humma Humma girl, best remembered for her roles in Diljale (1996) and Sarfarosh (1999), failed to replicate her success in the new millennium. Over the last few years, she has shifted focus to reality shows. Sonali had a brief role in Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara (2013), but the film didn't do anything to revive her Bollywood career.

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Many new faces tried their luck in Hindi films in the 90s, but while few managed to establish themselves as superstars of the decade, some faded away soon. Here's a look at others from that era who failed to make a mark in Bollywood

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