For Bollywood, 2002 was a year of Raaz and Devdas, the biggest hit and the highest-grossing film. Raaz ‘s phenomenal success established Bipasha’s acting career. Bipasha delivered a compelling performance as the sensuous Sanjana, whose expressive eyes effortlessly conveyed the emotions of a forlorn wife and also the spite of a vindictive evil spirit.
Gone are the days when heroines over the age of 30 were considered antique and suffered a decline in demand in the glamorous entertainment industry. The top five names gracing Bollywood’s most-paid list of actresses are of the age 30 and above, with Deepika Padukone heading the squad. Most of these stars boast of a career spanning ten years and above, and they have been enjoying the view from the top for a while, surviving stiff competition from the youngsters.
Twenty five years have passed since Khiladi got released, doesn’t that make you feel old suddenly?. The Abbas Mustan thriller that hit the theatres in the year 1992 catapulted Akshay Kumar to stardom. It was an era of Manmohanomics, the dawn of economic liberalisation in India, and from there to Modinomics, our country has changed sizably, so did Bollywood.
Plucked from obscurity to star in the biggest franchise of all time, these young actors were barely tweenagers when they first appeared on-screen. See how they’ve changed…
The cast, however, do not have that luxury – what have the ageing stars of 'Crocodile Dundee’ been doing since the summer of '86? The object of Mick Dundee’s affection was also the apple of Paul Hogan’s eye – the actor left his wife to start a relationship with Kozlowski and the pair were married in 1990.
The songs have survived the tests of time, the sequel not so much, but ‘Grease’ was a genuine cultural phenomenon in 1978, making fresh-faced stars of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The one-two-punch of 'Saturday Night Fever’ and 'Grease’ made Travolta the sexiest man of the late seventies – never underestimate the pull of looking good on the dancefloor. Travolta quickly fell out of favour until 'Pulp Fiction’ gave him a career resurrection in 1994 – one which lasted approximately until the release of mega-flop Scientology vanity project 'Battlefield Earth’ in 2000.
Prone to breaking into song as little ‘Annie’, Quinn probably contributed to a brief drop in the public’s sympathy towards orphans, but she didn’t have a hard knock life – far from it. At age 18, Aileen got into political science, learned to speak Spanish and spent six months living in Chile as part of an exchange program. Now 43, Quinn completed the circle of life by playing the older role of Lily in a stage version of 'Annie’.
It can be tough becoming a famous actor when you’re young. Yes, there’s adulation and money but as these celebs prove, it doesn’t take a lot for it to blow up in your face. (Image credits: Rex_Shutterstock/Department/Kazden/KeystoneUSA-Zuma/ Everett/Moviestore/Munawar Hosain/MB Pictures)
When Sana Saeed, the adorable little girl who won our hearts as Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, made her re-entry as a glamorous college girl in Student of the Year, it sort of reminded us how fast time passes. Remember Gia from Kal Ho Naa Ho ? The adopted little girl who was discriminated by her grandmother and danced with Shah Rukh Khan in the song “Pretty Woman”. Her profile photo shows her with SRK, a screenshot from Kal Ho Naa Ho.
There was talk of him returning for 'Ghostbusters III’ back when that was a prospect. “I guess I’m interested in where [Louis Tully] is now. As the faithful and long-suffering wife of Rick Moranis’s inventor Wayne, Marcia Strassman was put through the wringer by her husband’s antics, but no struggle would compare to that which she faced finding work in a post 'Honey I Shrunk The [Blank]’ universe.