Every year, thousands of people with their luggage and dreams land in Mumbai, hoping that they would make it big in Bollywood. But there are only a handful who achieves the stardom, which an outsider like Shah Rukh Khan or Akshay Kumar has achieved. This is one industry where talent and luck go hand in hand. An actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who started his career as a junior artist in Aamir Khan’s Sarfarosh (1999) had to wait for 13 years to get a supporting role in superstar’s Talaash. This can be the testimony to the fact that the struggle in Bollywood is endless. First one needs to establish themselves and then to sustain the same. Even star kids and people with film background have to be lucky. For instance, the third generation actor of Kapoor family, Randhir Kapoor’s career was not as glorious as his younger brother Rishi Kapoor’s. Here we will look into four mainstream actors who somehow managed to survive, but couldn’t reach those heights which their peers did.
Abhishek Bachchan tops the list. Right from the beginning of his career, he is being compared to his legendary father, Amitabh Bachchan. The majority of his fans feels that is the reason why his acting skills are not much appreciated. But for Abhishek, this comparison is a compliment as he finds it a privilege to be compared to the best in the business. Some of his films were he has proved his mettle as an actor are Yuva (2004), Dhoom (2004), Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Bluffmaster (2005), Sarkar Raj (2008) and Dostana (2008). His career best performance till date is Mani Ratnam’s Guru (2007).
Bobby Deol had a great start during the initial years of his career. During the first decade of his career, he has given several hits like Barsaat (1995), Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997), Soldier (1998), Ajnabee (2001), Kranti (2002), Chor Machaaye Shor (2002) and Humraaz (2002) for which he was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor award. After 2002, his career graph declined and was never revived, though he continued to appear in films.
Akshaye Khanna also started his career as a mainstream actor but couldn’t keep that tag for long and soon got fade out from the limelight. His initial films were all flops. In 1999 with films like Aa Ab Laut Chalen and Taal, he got recognized both critically and commercially. Some of his best films are Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Humraaz (2002), Deewangee (2002), Hulchul (2004), Gandhi, My Father (2007) and Race (2008).
With his debut film Company (2002), actor Vivek Oberoi had made it clear that he is an actor with a lot of potential. He received two Filmfare awards for Company. One was for Best Debut and the other was for Best Actor in a supporting role. Everyone in the industry had great expectations about his future prospects but may be the bhagyadevta wasn’t kind enough that his career always had ups and downs. Some of his notable works are Saathiya (2002), Masti (2004), Omkara (2006), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Rakta Charitra 1 & 2 (2010) and Krrish 3 (2013).