Here is a cluster of star actors who started on a promising note and are now struggling for survival. Would their next release bring them back into the reckoning?
1. Arjun Kapoor
That he was able to survive a thundering flop like Namaste England last year could be good karma or plain nepotism. Take your pick. Arjun whose on-release film Sandeep & Pinky Faraar has now been put on hold indefinitely (read: shelved) is counting on Rajkumar Gupta’s India’s Most Wanted releasing April-end, to bring him back into the reckoning. Gupta is known to work miracles with actors: Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan in No One Killed Jessica and Ajay Devgan in Raid. Some similar combustion may help Arjun resurrect his career.
2. Shahid Kapoor
What a blow Padmaavat was to his ego. Though cast as the official hero, Ranveer Singh as the antagonist hijacked the film wholesale. That left Shahid with Batti Gul Meter Chalu in 2018 which flopped hard. Now this Kapoor hopes to make a grand comeback with Kabir Singh the official remake of the path-breaking Telugu starrer Arjun Reddy. Advance reports suggest Shahid has nailed the part of the horny alcoholic surgeon. Warning: it would be some years before Shahid’s kids can watch Kabir Singh.
3. Sidharth Malhotra
Ummmm…Do we even remember when was the last time Sidharth scored a success at the boxoffice? If it were not for the kind benevolence of Karan Baba (Johar) Sid would have by now packed his bags and returned to Mumbai after Baar Baar Dekho, A Gentleman, Ittefaq and Aaiyary. But wonder of wonders, Sid is all set to strike with another film. Jabaraiya Jodi directed by Prashant Singh releasing in July is expected to do the trick, though Malhotra playing a rural Bihari doesn’t quite jell. As convincing as Katrina Kaif playing a 1940s’ bureaucrat in Bharat.
4. Sushant Singh Rajput
Enormously talented and dedicated, Sushant has been daringly unconventional in the choice of his roles. Sadly his recent films including the brilliant Sonechiriya have underperformed at the boxoffice. Yes Kedarnath did well. But Sushant still needs that one release which would put him right on the top where he belongs. Taran Manusukhani’s long-in-the-making Drive releasing this June could propel Sushant to the upper level.
5. Katrina Kaif
Few would deny that she is at the peak of her career. Looking smouldering hot Katrina’s unfortunate spell of non-starters at the boxoffice include two of the biggest disasters in recent times—Thugs Of Hindostan and Zero. Her dry spell should end with Bharat in July. While the other two Khan superstars have brought her to the brink of disaster, Salman as usual, plays Katrina’s saviour.
6. Aditya Roy Kapur
After a spate of crippling boxoffice blows, including the latest, the mother of all flops Kalank, Aditya’s carrer was on the verge of extinction, when Mahesh Bhatt who made Aditya star with Aashiqui 2, has come forward to cast Aditya opposite India’s youngest superstar Alia Bhatt in Sadak 2. If this doesn’t do the trick for Aditya Kapoor, then nothing will. Not a good time to be a Kapoor in Bollywood.