1. Sushant Singh Rajput
Manav (Pavitra Rishta) was super earnest, but we didn’t think it would make him such a Bollywood stud!
We like him, but both his film roles, Ishaan (Kai Po Che) and Raghu (Shuddh Desi Romance), were still trying too hard to please.
But by God! What a body!
2. Manish Paul
Perfect pun timing, razor-sharp wit and... but the best host on Indian television was a dud in Mickey Virus (yet another movie made about saddi Dilli. Yawn.)
Hopefully, a flop is all it takes to get ’em back on TV? We miss you, Manish! 3. Ayushmann Khurrana
He was kinda adorable as a roadie, charming as a TV host and struck platinum with Vicky Donor.
It’s true, men who sing can conquer the world (even if it's only Punjabi songs).
4. Prachi Desai
Proper TV serial woman with mangalsutra and shiny saris turned sort of hot (Rock On!) turned nobody cares (I, Me Aur Main).
5. Ram Kapoor
He’s larger than life, still sexy, a bit like the Vidya Balan of TV.
Although, Ram, it’s time to say goodbye to Bade Acche Lagte Hain. And like an old married couple, we’re okay with you being fat but we do miss the way you looked at the wedding (Monsoon Wedding)!
6. Ronit Roy
How can anyone who played Mihir (on the multi-generational Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) be such an amazing actor? But he left us spellbound in Udaan.
PS: Our Kyunki... prejudices come solely from the life and experiences of the original Mihir, Amar Upadhyay.
7. Rajiv Khandelwal
He was so good on TV (Kahiin Toh Hoga) and fantastic in films (Aamir, Shaitaan...). It’s a pity we don’t see more of him.
8. Mona Singh
She was an excellent ugly duckling (as Jassi) and an effervescent host (Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa among others).
It’s been years since 3 Idiots, we’d love to see Mona in a funny film!
From HT Brunch, December 1
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