Back in 2012, Diana Penty made her Bollywood debut with a critically-acclaimed performance in Cocktail. It has been four years since then. Finally, this month, the actor will be seen in her second movie Happy Bhag Jayegi (HBJ). Diana is not the only one returning to the silver screen after a break. Several other actresses such as Parineeti Chopra, Bhumi Pednekar, Ileana D’Cruz and Vaani Kapoor will also be making similar ‘comebacks’.
Parineeti last acted in Kill Dil (2014). Now, post her much-talked-about ‘makeover’, she will appear in Meri Pyaari Bindu, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. She will then be seen in Takadum, with Sushant Singh Rajput. “It’s a great feeling when [despite the break] people have expectations from you. Otherwise, they can say, ‘Nahi aa rahi hai iski film, theek hai, koi baat nahi (She is not doing any films, and that’s okay)’. But if they are waiting [for my next movie to come out], it’s a great position to be in (smiles),” says Parineeti.
Ileana didn’t do a film for two years after Happy Ending (2014). The actor admits that before signing the Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom, which releases next week, she had “lost all hope” of getting any good offers. “I was getting these random roles that I didn’t want to do. Some films were offered to me, but I didn’t take them up,” she told HT Café. Similarly, Diana, too, feels that “there is a right time for everything”. She adds that she “was looking for the right script”. “I was meeting people and reading scripts. But somehow, nothing ever clicked. HBJ’s was the first script that clicked with me,” she says.
Bhumi, who made her debut with Dum Laga Ka Haisha (2015), will start working on Manmarziyan later this year. Rumours suggest that she has also signed director Abhinay Deo’s next Sejal Supari. “Bhumi has even signed a big film with a top star that will be announced soon,” says an insider. Vaani, who made her debut with Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), will be seen in producer-director Aditya Chopra’s Befikre.
Vaani Kapoor, who starred in Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), is now working on Aditya Chopra’s Befikre. (Yogen Shah)
Experts feel that despite being out of sight, new-age actors — unlike yesteryear stars — are not easily forgotten by audiences and industry members. They are constantly visible on social media, in advertisements, on TV programmes, stage shows and at events. “That’s why, unlike the ’70s and the ’80s, today’s actors aren’t in a hurry to do films. They want to do quality work. And it’s better to do a good movie than a bad one that can destroy your career,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Director Anees Bazmee feels that while the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ may hold true in some cases, if an actor is taking a break to work on his or her craft or body, it is a “great” decision. “Now, the competition is so cut-throat that one has to be fully equipped. Plus, audiences have also become ruthless and unforgiving,” he says.