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Kumar Gaurav ('Love Story', 1982)

"Only two people have witnessed hysterical stardom in Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna and Kumar Gaurav," said Salman Khan in an interview. The son of Rajendra Kumar, Kumar Gaurav, made his debut in 1982 with 'Love Story' and immediately became the heart-throb of India. Such was his craze among women that he used to receive thousands of letters written with blood, daily. But he failed spectacularly to build on his initial success and soon a huge pile of flops sank his career. His father produced another movie 'Naam' to resurrect his career. Though the 1986 movie was a hit, Sanjay Dutt walked away with all the kudos while Kumar was left licking his wounds.

Bollywood's biggest one-hit wonders

From tasting success early to fading away in double-quick time. Here’s recounting the stars whose meteoric rise was matched only by their equally shocking disappearance from the mainstream.