Part 1 of an 11-part series looking at events that shaped the last decade in Bollywood.
In 2010, 150 newcomers debuted in Bollywood, but only a handful will be remembered a decade on. So far, all bets are on Ranveer Singh, the 25-year-old who’s won all Best Debut/Most Promising Newcomer awards up till now in the ongoing awards season. But will he make it in the long run? Here’s a look at actors of the past decade, who won the same award when they first burst on the scene and whether they lived up to the awards.
Number of Films: 34
He tried to prove himself as a successful actor, be it in solo films or multi-starrer projects, but when nothing seemed to work for him, he moved to film production. Aftab will now be seen in Abbas Mastan’s Players.
Debut: Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
Number of films: 16
He burst into the scene with what came to be known as ‘Hrithik mania’ and won accolades with Fiza and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. He had a dull phase that ended with Koi Mil Gaya. Upcoming projects for Hrithik are Agneepath and Paani.
Debut: Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
Number of Films: 22
Inspite of having legendary actor Jeetendra as his father, actor Tusshar Kapoor’s career never took off. Tusshar has only tasted success with comedies like the Golmaal series and Kya Kool Hain Hum.
Number of Films: 23
He became a star overnight with his debut and Saathiya. But a rift with Salman Khan brought a rough patch in his career. He tried to fight back with films such as Prince and Rakta Charitra. There are no future projects.
Debut: Ishq Vishq
Number of Films: 19
His career shows a topsy turvy graph. The pattern shows one hit followed by one flop. Remarkable performances in Jab We Met and Kaminey have kept him going. His next project is father Pankaj Kapoor’s Mausam.
Debut: Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
Number of films: 12
The actor became an instant favourite with Gangster and Woh Lamhe. His performances in Life In a Metro and Khoya Khoya Chand won him critical acclaim. He is working on Shunya.
Debut: Rang De Basanti
Number of Hindi films: 2
Already a big success in the south, Siddharth won Bollywood over with his smooth performance in the cult movie. Striker was a dampener, but he may just hop back with Deepa Mehta’s Winds of Change.
Number of films: 7
He is considered the next superstar in the industry. After a jittery start, he gave a slew of hits and hit a speed breaker with Anjaana Anjaani. He now has Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and Anurag Basu’s Barfee.
Debut: Rock On!!
Number of films: 2
Everyone was waiting for the film-maker to turn actor and when he did, the film became a major hit. His next, Kartik Calling Kartik bombed at the box office. He will be seen next in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Debut: 3 Idiots
Number of films: 1
Fans log onto Facebook even a year after his debut film, to listen to ‘Silencer’s balaatkaar speech’. The actor was flooded with offers but chose Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji and Abbas Mastan’s Players.
Debut: Band Baaja Baraat
Number of films: 1
Bollywood experts are touting him as the next big thing after his successful debut. Film-makers have lined up to sign him but his three film contract with Yash Raj has put everyone on hold for now.