In pictures: Bollywood actresses and their comeback acts

Updated: 10 February, 2017 12:21 IST
  • Amrita Singh
    Amrita Singh tasted success with films like 'Betaab', 'Mard', 'Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman' and 'Aaina'. Her shot to stardom did not dissuade her from giving up her acting career in 1993 for pursuing a family life with her then husband Saif Ali Khan. After 13 years of marriage, the two divorced and Amrita gave Bollywood a second shot. She made her comeback on the big screen in 2002 with the film '23rd March 1931: Shaheed', where she played the mother of Bhagat Singh, played by Bobby Deol. She also appeared in a TV serial titled 'Kkavyanjali' in 2005. Later that year, she won acclaim for her performance in a negative role for 'Kalyug'. She continued her second stint in acting with films like 'Shootout at Lokhandwala', 'Dus Kahaniyaan', 'Kajraare', 'Aurangzeb' and '2 States'. Pic/YouTube
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
    'Jazbaa' is touted as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's comeback vehicle and she's got a meaty role to justify it. In an age-appropriate role, Aishwarya plays a successful lawyer, Anuradha Varma, who's also a single mother to her daughter Sanaaya. She races against time, along with Yohan (Irrfan), to free her abducted daughter. Aishwarya perfectly looks the part and even does a fairly decent job, barring certain emotional scenes where she clearly goes over the top. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was last seen onthe big screen 5 years ago in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romance drama 'Guzaarish' opposite Hrithik Roshan. Pic/Santa Banta
  • Rekha
    One of the most sought-after heroines of the 80s, with age, Rekha has gradually cut down on work. She last made an appearance in the 2010 film 'Sadiyaan'™. 'Super Nani'™, which deals with women power, also stars Sharman Joshi and veteran actor Randhir Kapoor
  • Mumtaz
    At the height of her popularity, Mumtaz married millionaire Mayur Madhwani in 1974 and quit the industry after completing her pending projects. She tried her hand at a comeback with '˜Aandhiyan'™ (1990), in which he played a woman from a poor background. The film was a disaster, and the actress refused other film offers
  • Reena Roy
    Like Mumtaz, Roy also quit Bollywood to settle with her husband, former Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan. However, the relationship did not last long. Roy eventually returned to films with the 1993 family drama 'Aadmi Khilona Hai'™. In the movie, she played Jeetendra's wife, and her character had grey shades as well. The film, however, was only moderately successful
  • Sridevi
    The 'Chandni' girl, who had a successful run at the box-office in the mid and late 80's, chose the offbeat 'English Vinglish'™ for her return to the big screen after 15 years. In the film, Sridevi plays Shashi, a housewife who enrolls for an English-speaking course to please her family. The movie was loved by the audiences as well as critics. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Kajol
    After a five-year hiatus following 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, Kajol returned to films with '˜Fanaa'™ (2006) opposite Aamir Khan, which was a success. Her performance in '˜My Name Is Khan'™ (2010), as Mandira, a Hindu woman who falls in love and marries a Muslim man, was also much appreciated. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Manisha Koirala
    One of Bollywood'™s brightest talents during the 90's, Koirala'™s career graph fell steadily towards the end of the decade. Although she has appeared in a few films in recent years, RGV's '˜Bhoot Returns'™ was being touted as her comeback venture. However, with most RGV films these days, it came and went without being noticed
  • Raveena Tandon
    Best remembered as the ‘Mast Mast’ girl from 'Mohra'™, Sudipto Chattopadhyaya's 'Shobhana 7 Nights'™ was touted to be Tandon's comeback vehicle, and that too in 2012. In the film, she plays a 40-something author, who is abused by her husband and finds comfort in a young man, who is a struggler in Bollywood. Not much has been heard of the film recently. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Preity Zinta
    After having a great run at the box office during the first half of the 2000'™s, Zinta'™s career petered away with flops like 'Jaan-E-Mann'™, 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom'™ and '˜Heroes'™. She had high hopes from '˜Ishkq in Paris'™, a romantic flick, which she has also produced, but the much-delayed movie bombed at the box-office. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Sonali Bendre
    The ravishing actress, most remembered for her roles in 'Sarfarosh'™ and '˜Diljale'™, has been away from the Bollywood limelight for a few years now. She made a comeback with Milan Luthria's '˜Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2'™ in a small role. She is currently playing the female lead in the TV show'˜Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh'
  • Madhuri Dixit
    After taking a sabbatical from the industry to concentrate on motherhood, the '˜dhak dhak'™ girl made an unsuccessful comeback with 'Aaja Nachle' in 2007. She was later seen in 'Gulab Gang'™, which is about a bunch of women fighting social injustice. Madhuri was also a part of 'Dedh Ishqiya'™, the sequel to the surprise hit 'Ishqiya'™. Her acting was appreciated in both movies, but neither film did too well at the box-office. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Karisma Kapoor
    The actress, who specialised in starring opposite Govinda in numerous slapstick comedies during the 90'™s, made her return to the big screen with 'Dangerous Ishhq'™, a rebirth saga, which didn'™t find many takers owing to its obsolete subject. Reports state that she will reprise Hema Malini's role in the remake of '˜Satte Pe Satta'™. Pics/ Santa Banta
  • Rani Mukerji
    Okay, '˜Aiyyaa'™ wasn'™t actually her comeback. She starred in 'No One Killed Jessica' before that, However, she didn'™t have much work in the preceding years. As such, 'Aiyyaa'™, a quirky tale about a Marathi girl (played by Rani) falling in love with a Tamil artist (Prithviraj), was being viewed as her effort to return to the big league. Unfortunately, Rani couldn't impress either the viewers or the critics
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On Amrita Singh's birthday, we look at actresses who have made a comeback for a second innings in Bollywood following a hiatus

First Published: 09 February, 2017 11:10 IST