The coming months will witness a barrage of actor comebacks in Bollywood.
To start with, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who took a break after her wedding and baby, will be seen in Sanjay Gupta’s next, Jazbaa. Her last film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish (2010).
Similarly, Raveena Tandon will play a jazz singer in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet after her last appearance in Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011).
Shiney Ahuja, who disappeared from the film circuit after a sexual harassment case, will also return in Anees Bazmee’s next after his last film (Ghost) in 2012. Pooja Bhatt is acting after 13 years in Reema Kagti’s Mr Chaalu.
"Besides the advantage that they are already popular, an important factor is that a director doesn’t have to spoonfeed," says Bazmee, adding, "They might feel uncomfortable for the first few days when they come back, but they don’t show it. Since they are experienced, it becomes easier to work with them."
Meanwhile, Anurag Basu and Shaad Ali have roped in Govinda, whose last lead role was shot 10 years ago. Ranbir Kapoor, who also stars in Basu’s next, says, "we all have been influenced by Govinda!"
Also, Rekha will be seen after four years, in Indra Kumar’s next. "There is also nostalgia attached to them, so we want to see them, but in most cases, you can’t cast them as the main lead because the question is, can they still draw audiences on their own?" asks distributor Akshaye Rathi.