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Top actors of 2012

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 31, 2012
First Published: 12:52 IST(31/12/2012) | Last Updated: 17:18 IST(31/12/2012)

Who were the top actors of 2012? What did they do and what took them to the top? We bring you the 14 biggest performers of the year (with a little help from trade experts Vinod Mirani and Vikas Mohan)

Akshay Kumar
Films released: Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Joker, OMG: Oh My God, Khiladi 786
Box office collection: Rs. 408 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “Akshay is good at comedy, but he is now back to the action genre, which is his forte,” says Vikas Mohan. “His brand of ‘comical action’ has worked big time in his favour,” says Vinod Mirani.
The X factor: “He mixed and matched his films and storylines beautifully,” says Mohan.“The fact that he is attempting ‘other kinds of films’ is heartening,” says Mirani.
In the news: This year, he became father of a girl, Nitara Khanna-Bhatia. He also lost his superstar father-in-law, Rajesh Khanna.

Salman Khan
Films released: Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2
Box office collection: Rs. 285 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “Whatever Salman touches is turning into gold. And he is making the most of this situation,” says Mohan. “Everything is working in his favour and he is making everything work too,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “When good fortune is working overtime, you don’t need anything else,” says Mohan. “He is an all-rounder who works with classy as well as massy people,” says Mirani.

In the news: This year, Salman offered to pay the fines (via his charity outfit, Being Human) on behalf of about 400 prison inmates in Uttar Pradesh, who have served their sentences but are still locked up because they cannot pay their fines. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/12/salman-moustache-dabangg.jpg

Hrithik Roshan
Film released: Agneepath
Box office collection: Rs. 123 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “In Agneepath, he put a completely new and personal touch to a cult hit,” says Mohan. “He is a powerful actor who can carry any film on his shoulders,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “He is not in the rat race, and that’s why he stays away from any kind of formula,” says Mohan. “He isn’t afraid to
venture out of his zone and play different characters,” says Mirani.
In the news: Hollywood beauty Kristen Stewart said that if she had a baby boy, she “would want him to look like Hrithik.”

Ajay Devgn
Films released: Bol Bachchan, Tezz, Son Of Sardaar
Box office collection: Rs. 222 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “Ajay’s hard work and sincerity showed in all his films,” says Mohan. “Ajay wasn’t afraid to experiment with his characters and  films this year,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “He is best when comedy and action are mixed,” says Mohan.“He chooses his scripts very carefully. That’s why he is among the top five actors,” says Mirani.
In the news: Didn’t shift Son Of Sardaar from its Diwali release despite industry pressure when Yash Chopra passed away, and let it clash with Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Hosted the TV show Ramleela.

Shah Rukh Khan
Film released: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Box office collection: Rs. 121 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “If not for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, it would have been a terrible year for him,” says Mohan. “Not a great year for him. Plus, his charm seems to be waning,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “He is back to the romance genre and has proved that he is best in it,” says Mohan. “He is the romantic superstar but this year,
it hasn’t been his USP,” says Mirani.
In the news: He had a major brawl at Wankhede stadium with security staff. His IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders won the tournament for the first time. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/9/srk-kat-jthj.jpg

Deepika Padukone
Film released: Cocktail
Box office collection: Rs. 74 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “Cocktail was completely her film. It worked largely due to her performance,” says Mohan.“Deepika showed her hunger to deliver better performances,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “Her innocent and no-holds-barred performance,” says Mohan. “With Cocktail, she proved that she can act; that she isn’t just a glam doll,” says Mirani.
In the news: Reportedly, Deepika broke up with her rumoured boyfriend Sidhartha Mallya this year.

Anushka Sharma
Film released: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Box office collection: Rs. 121 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “In Jab Tak Hai Jaan, she played her part beautifully because she fit the role beautifully,” says Mohan. “She’s good in performance-oriented roles like Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “She is talented but getting increasingly repetitive. Must redefine herself,” Mohan. “She can fit into any kind of role and film,” Mirani.
In the news: A rumoured break-up with boyfriend Ranveer Singh.

Priyanka Chopra
Films released: Agneepath, Teri Meri Kahaani, Barfi!
Box office collection: Rs. 256 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “This year, she has managed to maintain her star status only thanks to the choices she made,” says Mohan. “PC has very formidable PR and that has worked big time for her,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “Priyanka is overexposed. That’s why her films of 2012 don’t come to mind immediately,” says Mohan. “She is all over the place — ads, newspapers and magazines. She has a nice marketing machinery,” says Mirani.
In the news: In connection with her rumoured proximity to Shah Rukh Khan, her rift (and then patch-up) with Karan Johar made news.

Katrina Kaif
Films released: Ek Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Box office collection: Rs. 306 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “She is riding lady luck. But she has to rediscover herself,” says Mohan.“In Ek Tha Tiger, she had action scenes that made her look different from her glam roles,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “Only her glam factor, but it’s waning very fast,” says Mohan.“She isn’t a great actor, but the glam works for her,” says Mirani.
In the news: Worked with SRK for the first time in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Sonakshi Sinha
Films released: Rowdy Rathore, Son Of Sardaar, Dabangg 2
Box office collection: Rs. 338 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “The fact that she simply chose big commercial films went in her favour,” says Mohan. “She knows what she is best at and goes for it unabashedly,” says Mirani.
The X factor“Her Indian looks and out-of-the-box avatar makes Sonakshi unique,” says Mohan. “Her measured performances and right choices help her a lot,”
says Mirani.
In the news: There was a reported rift with director Farah Khan over Sonakshi not promoting Joker.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/7/sonakshi-akshay-joker-new.jpg


Vidya Balan
Film released: Kahaani
Box office collection: Rs. 55 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for her: “She has created a niche for herself but she shouldn’t get slotted,” says Mohan. “Vidya needs strong roles like the one in Kahaani to stand out from the rest,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “The power of her performances makes her stand out,” says Mohan. “Talent and luck are in her favour, and she’s making most of them,” says Mirani.
In the news: She married longtime beau, UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapoor, this year.

<a href=Vidya Balan" align=right src="http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/12/vidya-balan-mehendi.jpg" width=374 height=523>Ranbir Kapoor
Film released: Barfi!
Box office collection: Rs. 106 crore
What worked (or didn’t work) for him: “With Barfi!, he proved that an actor can get critical acclaim and box office returns too,” says Mohan.  “He is very dedicated and wants to do things that others generally won’t,” says Mirani.
The X factor: “He is the superstar of tomorrow,” says Mohan. “He’s been in the industry a long time and has proved himself beyond doubt now,” says Mirani.
In the news: Signed Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone.

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