The last five years have seen a rise in the quality of talent in the Indian film industry. The new wave of actors are not scared to experiment and take on some of the most demanding roles, spinning them into hits, leaving the audience asking for more. With actors speaking openly of nepotism and the existence of the Bollywood mafia, the industry is known to be a difficult place to sustain success, with only a few who have managed to master the trick of the trade.
With stars like Shah Rukh, Salman and Akshay in a high success league of their own, the new age Bollywood wonders are on a fast track to stardom, breaking rules and stereotypes and still being able to win hearts and big Bollywood bucks.
To explore the secrets of their impeccable track record, we have decoded the success rate of some of the stars based on their hits in the last 5 years.
THE YOUNG A-PLUS CLUB
Total number of films- 9
Hits- 8 (Student of the Year, Highway, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Kapoor & Sons, Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi and Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
Misses- 1 (Shaandaar)
Success rate- 89%
While her contemporaries like Parineeti and Shraddha are struggling with their box office record, Alia is on a roll. What makes her success so commendable is that she seems to do it effortlessly. Her latest release Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is sizzling at the BO, adding one more hit to her burgeoning kitty. The last we checked, it was hurtling towards the 100-crore mark. Wow!
Bollywood success mantra- Alia chose challenging roles in films like Udta Punjab and Highway, testing her acting skills and executing them with utmost excellence. The actress perfects the balancing act with films like 2 states and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania proving her versatility as a performer. What sets her apart from her contemporaries is her knack to pick the right scripts that marries content with commercial elements. Her care-free 20-something attitude and her contagious energy seems to be the only answer to why every film she touches turns golden. On a side note, we absolutely love her voice too. A soaring acting career with singing as a back-up option, Alia, we’re spellbound!
Total number of films- 8
Hits- 8 (Student of the Year, Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badlapur, ABCD 2, Dilwale, Dishoom and Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
Success rate- 100%
Varun Dhawan is a hit machine in the purest sense of the word. Whether it’s noir or nautanki, he nails it both setting the box offices on fire. With his only average performance being in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dilwale, this young superstar is the only one in his league to guarantee a 100% success rate. Be it his power-packed dancing skills or his charming personality, he never ceases to amaze.
Bollywood success mantra- Varun made sensible choices in the films he’s chosen, refusing to be pigeonholed by the industry to just one genre. He’s played a romantic hero in run-off-the-mill films like Main Tera Hero and bang opposite to that, he’s also brilliantly pulled off an aggressive character in Badlapur. What’s more? His chocolate boy looks and natural charm with that smouldering body has us bowled over! Be sure of a few of us waiting in line if things with a certain Ms. Dalal don’t materialise.
Total number of films- 3
Hits- 2 (Heropanti and Baaghi)
Misses- 1 (A Flying Jatt)
Success rate- 67%
Following the footsteps of daddy Shroff, Tiger unexpectedly took Bollywood by storm with his debut in Heropanti and there was no looking back from there. His hatke name, unconventional looks and acting skills gathered a lot of troll attention but with a second consecutive hit at the BO, no other opinion mattered.
Bollywood success mantra- Tiger unlike experimenting like his contemporaries has understood where his strengths lie and has stuck to choosing films that honour his skills. He carved a niche for himself in the industry by sticking to action oriented flicks, with some killer dance moves thrown into the mix. Honestly, with all that determination that goes into maintaining those ripped six pack abs, we can’t imagine the soaring heights Tiger’s dedication to excel will take his career to.
Total number of films- 6
Hits- 4 (Student of the Year, Hasee Toh Phasee, Ek Villain and Kapoor & Sons)
Misses- 2 (Brothers and Baar Baar Dekho)
Success rate- 67%
Sidharth Malhotra has done himself well in the industry, creating his mark with super hits like Ek Villan. The success of the Bollywood heartthrob, who began his acting stint as an outsider with absolutely no filmy linage is creditable and a great testimony to hard work and perseverance. With his film, Kapoor & Sons being widely appreciated and Baar Baar Dekho tanking big time, it’s been a mixed journey so far.
Bollywood success mantra- Sidharth most often chooses to step out of his comfort zone, working with more seasoned actors like Katrina and Akshay unlike his peers. His choice of script has been mainly content driven and he hasn’t only settled for films that provide mass entertainment like many of his contemporaries. BO hit or not, this Bollywood hottie has definitely won us over with his calm demeanour and striking good looks. With promising films like Ittefaq in the making, we can’t wait to see what this dark horse has in store for us!
OLDER BUT WISER
Total number of films- 9
Hits- 5 (Band Baaja Baaraat, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Gunday, Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani)
Misses- 4 (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Lootera, Kill Dil and Befikre)
Success rate- 56%
Ranveer Singh is a powerhouse of talent. His road to success from debutant to superstar is filled with amazing performances and some incredibly high octane dance moves. He radiates infectious positive energy at all his interviews and the star boy makes sure to constantly set social media abuzz with his quirk and spontaneity. Ranveer set cash registers ringing with his recent performances in Bajirao Mastani and Befikre and we’re sure Padmavati is going to ensure he continues his fabulous run at the BO.
Bollywood success mantra- Ranveer believes in pushing boundaries to the extreme and doesn’t shy away from criticism, taking it all in his stride. This enthusiastic attitude reflects in his choice of films which proves his versatility as an actor, from a Peshwa Bajirao to a Dharam Gulati he executes every role with finesse. The term ‘’fearless’’ describes this Punjabi munda perfectly, whether it’s in his choice of clothing or roles. He sets temperatures soaring with his good looks and charm which among all his other qualities is the icing on the cake. Love him or hate him, there’s never going to be a dull moment with this one around!
Total number of films- 13
Hits- 9 (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Badmaash Company , Band Baaja Baaraat, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, PK, NH10, Dil Dhadakne Do, Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Misses- 4 (Patiala House, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Bombay Velvet)
Success rate- 69%
She has been part of blockbusters like PK and Sultan, worked with all the three big Khan’s of Bollywood and associated with every big director out there, if that doesn’t scream superstar, then what does? The actress has found her niche in the industry, often choosing to portray strong realistic characters, much like her real self. Being a complete Bollywood outsider, Anushka has made permanent space for herself in the industry and with a high success rate, she seems to have also secured a high spot at the BO.
Bollywood success mantra- Anushka pushes boundaries in terms of trying out different roles and characters, often looking to break stereotypes. She maintains a very strong image both on screen and off screen adding to the importance of her presence. With her smart choice of films and now her own production house, Anushka is all set to take over the industry and set example for new entrants. Beauty and brains, now that’s a lethal combination!
Total number of films- 22
Hits- 13 (Om Shanti Om, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Love Aaj Kal, Housefull, Cocktail, Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Happy New Year, Piku, Bajirao Mastani and xXx: Return of Xander Cage)
Misses- 9 (Chandni Chowk to China, Karthik Calling Karthik, Lafangey Parindey, Break ke Baad, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Aarakshan, Desi Boyz, Finding Fanny and Tamasha)
Success rate- 69%
Unlike her contemporaries, Deepika had a late start, but man did she take off from there! After her success in Cocktail, there was nothing stopping this diva on her quick journey to becoming one of the most successful and highest paid Bollywood actresses. The dimpled diva has also successfully crossed over to the other side and entered the Hollywood sphere with her film xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Bollywood success mantra- Deepika’s rise to stardom has been phenomenal is a result of a perfect blend of serious films and rom-com’s, putting all her talent as a performer on display. There’s no stopping Bollywood’s Mastani as she continues to make the perfect choices in terms of roles that best suit her. Her sincerity in her performances on screen and in her off-screen appearances is her winning mantra. Standing tall, with features that can kill, there’s no looking back for Deepika until she reaches the very top. Way to go girl!