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From Aishwarya Rai to Rekha: the Bollywood comeback brigade

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 28, 2014
First Published: 17:20 IST(28/4/2014) | Last Updated: 18:14 IST(28/4/2014)

After a hiatus of sorts, a host of Bollywood actors are gearing up for a second innings in the glamour world and how.

Rekha
Age: 59
Last Bollywood movie seen in: Sadiyaan (2010)
The actor, who is known for films such as Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Umrao Jaan (1981), will be seen making her comeback with filmmaker Indra Kumar’s Super Nani this year. Originally slated to arrive on May 1, the film is now expected to release in the latter half of June because of the current election season. Rekha’s last notable role was in Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) followed by a cameo in Krrish (2006). In the film, in which she is playing the title role, Rekha plays grandmother to actor Sharman Joshi, who inspires her to turn ultra ­glamorous, despite being in her late 50s.

Sushmita Sen
Age: 38
Last Bollywood movie seen in: No Problem (2010)
The beauty-queen-turned actor, who was on a hiatus for a while, is all geared for a comeback, as she has signed two films. One is a Bengali film, called Jodi Emon Hoto, which is being helmed by Rupali Guha and deals with a equation between a man and a woman. There is also Prahlad Kakkar’s directorial venture in the offering. Talking about the ­comeback, Sush, has said, "I want the (past) three years to come back. I want to do great cinema. 2014 is my year. This year is a turnaround year for me."

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Sangeeta Bijlani
Age: 53
Last Bollywood movie seen in: Jagannath (1996)
Actor Sangeeta Bijlani, who is still remembered as actor Salman Khan’s ex, will now be returning to the silver screen with filmmaker Onir’s next, Shab. The actor, who took a break from the glam world post her marriage to cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin in 1996, will be playing a fashion patron in Onir’s film. Confirming the same, Onir was quoted as saying, "Yes, she is working with me on my next."

Read: Kajol and Rani Mukerji: comeback time for Bollywood ladies

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Age: 40
Last Bollywood movie seen in: Guzaarish (2010)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback was undoubtedly one of the most awaited ones in the industry. The former beauty-queen-turned-actor, who made her debut with Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar in the year 1997, has ­chosen to return to the big screen with the same ­filmmaker’s forthcoming Tamil-Telugu bi-lingual film, a spy-thriller in the vein of Mission Impossible and Bourne Identity. The shooting begins in June. Ash was last seen on the silver screen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish and then took a sabbatical due to ­motherhood.

Sneha Ullal
Age: 26
Last Bollywood movie seen in: Click (2010)

Actor Sneha Ullal, who debuted opposite Salman Khan in Lucky — No Time for Love (2005), and made news due to her uncanny resemblance to actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is all set to make a comeback in Bollywood following her stint in Tollywood. And it is none other than Salman who is guiding her for the same. Confirming the same, Sneha was quoted as saying, "Now that I have done couple of films in South, I am ready to come back here and Salman has been guiding me through it."

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