Do you remember Ranveer Singh’s second film? Which movie did Deepika Padukone work in right after Bachna Ae Haseeno? Don’t know the answers? Well, we don't blame you. Most of the today’s superstars have acted in films that you have probably never heard of. They sank without a trace and a few actors are even ashamed of acknowledging them. So, how did the Khans, Kumars, Kapoors and Singhs get so popular, in spite of failure? There's always that one movie that changes their lives. That one box-office success and their exceptional performance is all it took to get them into the top league. Find out which film paved the way to success for your favorite actor.
Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
His debut film, Saawariya, wasn't a box-office success but the actor still got popular with the youth. After the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, he worked on Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani and Wake Up Sid. Kapoor was exceptional in all of them but with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, he not only won several Best Actor awards but was also considered the next superstar.
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
Everyone loved him in his debut film, Band Baaja Baarat but Ranveer Singh’s next movie – Ladies vs Ricky Bahl – was a dud. Singh also failed to capitalize on the success of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela as Kill Dil did nothing for his career. But then Bajirao Mastani changed it all. The actor’s hard work paid off as he won awards and is now endorsing some of the top brands. Singh is also giving the Kapoor scion a run for his money.
Priyanka Chopra – Aitraaz
When Aitraaz was announced everyone thought that it would be Kareena Kapoor who would walk away with the accolades as she was clearly a bigger star than Priyanka Chopra. However, once the movie released, Chopra was regarded as the best thing about Aitraaz. Playing the role of a vamp was a risk that clearly worked in her favor.
Alia Bhatt – Highway
Alia Bhatt couldn't have asked for a better launch in Bollywood. Unfortunately, she was criticized for her performance in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. She more than made up for it with her second film, Highway. After that, there was no looking back for Bhatt as she simply moved ahead of her competition.
Shahid Kapoor – Kaminey
Trade analysts have always considered Shahid Kapoor to be a great actor but not a star. He was brilliant in Jab We Met but Kareena Kapoor took home the awards. With Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey, Kapoor proved that he was more than just the ‘chocolate boy’ of Bollywood. He may not have signed the best films after that but with Haider, Udta Punjab, and the upcoming movie, Rangoon, it looks like Shahid has found his spot in the limelight.