Before you jump to the conclusion that its a personal(*yawn*) rant post or a post-Matrix burst out or a spiritual healing session, then relax. Its just about apun ka Bollywood. So sit back and enjoy the ride. πŸ™‚Β 

I have been quite surprised by this recurring phenomenon in Movies. Have you ever noticed that when ever a new pair is introduced in Bollywood, one of them goes ahead and reach the heights of stardom while the other one is lost into oblivion? What decides this tilt of fate cannot be pointed out and this phenomenon happens irrespective of whether the launchpad was a success or a failure. Only one out of the pair is the chosen one.

You haven’t noticed it? Let me give you some examples then.

1. Kajol & Kamal Sada”nah”

Who got Lucky – Kajol. The year was 1992 when Rahul Rawail directed Bekhudi was released. The movie was one big flop but it triggered the movie career of two budding actors. Kajol went ahead to sign Baazigar while we all know what happened to Kamal Sadana. He appeared in a few other movies like Rang before he vanished from the big screen. Kajol in the other hand went ahead and made history in the Indian Cinema. With an exception of a few girls who don’t like any actress, I haven’t come across any Indian who don’t like Kajol. She is one of the very few actresses who have given hits even after getting married. So, Kamal was lucky for Kajol but Kajol ended up being jinxed for the poor guy. πŸ™‚


2. Manisha Koirala & Vivek “Miss”ran

Who got Lucky – Manisha. Subhash Ghai’s Magnum Opus Saudagar, introduced two new stars – Manisha and Vivek Mushran. The movie which was adorned with Raj Kumar, Dilip Kumar and some great music(remember ILU ILU? Doesn’t it sound really stupid now? πŸ™‚ ), was a huge blockbuster. After a few years, Vivek ended up with Fruti and SonpariΒ on the idiot box while Manisha went ahead and did some awesome movies like 1942 A Love Story, Bombay, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Khamoshi, Gupt and Dil se.


3. Ajay Devgan & Mad”who?”

Who got lucky – Ajay. Phool aur Kaante, directed by Sandesh Kohli, was released in 1991. It was an instant hit and was noted for its melodious music(remember Dheere Dheere pyar ko?) by Nadeem Shravan. Ajay Devgan went ahead with a movie career which is still going very strong and is filled with numerous awards and honours. His last notable movie this year was Halla Bol. He married Kajol in 1999. Madhoo on the other hand gave one flop after another and was extinguished after some time. Her last two notable roles after the blockbuster launchpad were Roja and Diljale.


4. Akshay Khanna & Anjala Z”aver(i)-age”

Who got lucky – Akshay. Himalaya Putra(released in 1997) was the perfect gift from Vinod Khanna to his son, which went terribly bad. The movie, directed by Pankaj Parashar failed at the box office. Akshay’s second movie was Border which was a blockbuster and gave him the well needed respite. After that there was no looking back and Akshay worked in some big blockbusters like Taal, Dil Chahta Hai, Humraaz and Race. Although his career have had a lot many ups and downs, he is considered as the most talented actor in the present lot. Anjala, well, err, I don’t remember her last movie. 😐 Last I remember, her “worth remembering” role was in Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya in which she was seen in a supporting role.


5. Karishma Kapoor and Har-“ishhhh”

Who got lucky – Karishma. Karishma Kapoor was introduced along with newcomer Harish in the 1991 movie Prem Qaidi. The movie didn’t work and Karishma was criticized for her looks. She looked repulsive with those disheveled hair and bushy eyebrows which she shed(the eyebrows that is) 5 years later in Raja Hindustani which incidentally moved her in the big league of stars. And what a star! Numerable nominations, awards and huge blockbusters came her way. She was known for her comedy movies with Govinda as well as the offbeat movies like Fiza and Zubeidaa. Harish on the other hand ended up burdened up with a string of flops and was seen as a sidekick in a few Govinda starrers like Aunty No. 1 and Coolie No. 1 before he vanished.


6. Salman Khan and “Bhag-gai-stree”(Bhagyashree)

Who got lucky – Salman. Although Maine Pyar Kiya was not Salman’s first movie as an actor. He had acted earlier in Biwi Ho to Aisi(aΒ RekhaΒ andΒ Farooq ShaikhΒ starrer) but MPK was his first movie as a hero. The movie came at a time when love stories were out of fashion and defined the way Hindi movies were made in the next decade. The movie was blessed with evergreen songs which all of us still listen to even after 20 years. I don’t think I need to elaborate on Salman but Bhagyashree, well, her career nosedived like a helicopter out of fuel. She started promoting her husband as a hero and did some insignificant movies with him, carrying the “Himalayan” albatross around her neck and was last seen in some Sari advertisement.


7. Hrithik Roshan and A”miss”a

Who got lucky – Hrithik. The launch with every actor dreams of, Rakesh Roshan gave it to his son on a platter. Kaho Na Pyar Hai was the biggest blockbuster of 2000 and introduced Amisha Patel starring opposite to Hrithik. Initially Kareena Kapoor was supposed to play the role and shooting too had started when she was suddenly dropped. Amisha gave another blockbuster(Gadar) next year but her career is on a decline since then. She was last seen in cameo roles inΒ Bhool BhulaiyaaΒ andΒ Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. Hrithik on the other hand, has been churning blockbusters after an initial turbulence which followed his debut. He is the only actor after Rishi Kapoor who won the Filmfare for the Best Actor in his Debut Movie.

I cannot think of any more examples right now, but there must be many more. Of course there are exceptions to this rule. There are pairs which have been successful, like Aamir KhanJuhi Chawla(who were introduced in Qayamat se Qayamat tak) and Rishi KapoorDimple Kapadia(introduced in Bobby) and there are pairs like Anu Agarwal-Rahul Roy(introduced in Ashiqui) in which both the actors failed, but most of the pairs go the “Chosen one” way.

I wonder what will happen to this pair?

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.


  1. Nita October 13, 2008 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Interesting and original article. How about bobby deol though? If one goes relatively speaking, I think he is more successful that his first co-star, but then I only vaguely remember.
    And as for ranvir and deepika, I think the former will be moderately successful (amisha patel style) while deepika has a good future. unless ofcourse she marries and stops acting.

  2. Smita October 13, 2008 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Interesting indeed….I specially liked the way you played with the names of people who are not so successful πŸ™‚

    As far this couple is concerned Ranbir will go places and Sonam..I like the girl and wish she goes places…I wish…

    Psst you should have elaborated on Salman Khan πŸ˜€

  3. Asanka October 13, 2008 at 10:13 am - Reply

    East or West, Devgan is the BEST!

  4. Reema October 13, 2008 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Interesting observations. πŸ™‚ Its Halla Bol not Hallo Bol πŸ˜› I disliked MPK! Its more of a Chitrahaar than a movie. The chosen one funda is already at work. Ranbir Kapoor is going to be more successful than Sonam Kapoor I feel.

    @Nita Its not Ranvir and Deepika. Its Ranvir and Sonam Kapoor.

  5. sakhi October 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    hee…hee…hee… but you know most of the time in real life also these things are common. You will find one person more succesful in a couple than the other. Its a rare occurance that both the partners are at the same height of success! πŸ™‚

  6. Su October 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    bitter truths for failures… but was an interesting peek into bollywood… πŸ™‚

  7. Shefaly October 13, 2008 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Interesting post. I chuckled loudly at several points. I also notice my knowledge of all this Hindi cinema gossip drops and vanishes abruptly around Himalaya Putra πŸ™

    One thing is clear though – all failures happen despite external, favourable factors that could have prevented them. Kamal Sadana was well-connected as was/ is Amisha; Madhu too had a famous Auntie (Hema Malini); and I am sorry, Mushri looked like a girl and not in the cutesie way that Rishi Kapoor did in Rafoochakkar (Mushri was at school in Sherwood with a friend of mine), and Bhaag-gayi-stree was too reminiscent of a kind of girls you recently wrote you don’t like i.e. rondu and very payn-payn. I have never seen any Karishma film and I think I am going to keep it that way 😎

    But yes, funny analysis. πŸ™‚ Thanks for a chuckle on a hard-working day.

  8. Nimmy October 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Interesting indeed.. :)…Never noticed this before..

  9. Vijaya Bharat October 13, 2008 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Nice man. But it remained me a recent article in See the link.

  10. Dinesh Babu October 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Very Interesting analysis. After reading this I am wondering where have all these guys gone, who used to come up in Chitrahaar in those days.

  11. Arpit October 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    hey that was a good piece of observations….but let me tell you all the flip flops stars didnt end up loosing their hold on their careers…for instance…actor vivek mushran switched over to the small screen ( though he has acted only in a few serials like sonpari)
    then harish ya that guy was seen in a few movies but yes then there was a full stop
    and as far as the last duo is concerned i feel the actress has a long way to go(though i have not watched the movie) but i feel that since she is doing movies with big names she will eventually make it( remember katrina kaif..she didnt have a good start either)

  12. arvind October 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    he he interesting ..
    I dont think amisha is flop ..
    its just because hrithik has become a huge hit her carreer looks dull. .
    ther are instances when both pair have been hit.. like
    juhi and amir -kayamat se kayamat tak
    abhishek and kareena- refugee
    LOL @ the names πŸ˜€

  13. Amit October 13, 2008 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    @Nita : Yes, Twinkle Khanna was comparatively less successful than Bobby. And its Sonam, not Deepika. πŸ™‚

    @Smita : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Sonam was good, buy she needs a good break. Only time will tell. About Salman Khan? I wish he could dance well! πŸ˜›

    @Asanka : Which one? Kajol or Ajay? πŸ˜›

    @Reema : Corrected. πŸ™ I was watching HAHK sometime back with a few friends and its still watchable. I have not seen MPK in one sitting but I certainly don’t like Bhagyashree. She looked like a tee-hee-hee. πŸ˜‰

    @Sakhi : Yes, very true.

    @Su : The very easily forgotten failures. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Shefaly : Initially when I was preparing the list, this point came in my mind too. The ones who were successful were either from Movie backgrounds or had very good connections. But, when you look at the ones who failed, they too were well connected. Yes, Bhag-gai-stree was a typical tee-hee-hee. πŸ™‚
    I think you should watch Zubaidaa. It was Karishma’s best although Rekha overshadowed her completely.

    @Nimmy : Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Vijaya Bharat : Saw it. They have used the same pic for Harish which I have used. πŸ™‚ Nice one.

    @Dinesh : Thanks. Vanished I guess. πŸ™‚

    @Arpit : What I meant to convey was that they were not as successful as their counterparts. Amisha is also going fine, but she is moving to cameos. Sonam, well, it will take some time to see what happens to her finally. πŸ™‚

    @Arvind : No she is not, but she is not as big a hit as Hrithik. πŸ™‚ Yes, I have given such examples at the end of the post.

  14. Arpit October 13, 2008 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    yep its just like a wait and watch situation
    and honestly speaking ameesha best suits to cameos

  15. lallopallo October 14, 2008 at 6:32 am - Reply

    That was an interesting observation. The post is well written too..enjoyed reading it.

  16. Nikhil October 14, 2008 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Very interesting analysis… If I had the power to make things happen in Bollywood, I’d stop people from making movies… πŸ˜€

  17. Nova October 14, 2008 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Good collection!!! I will try to find some more to add to this…

  18. A October 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Novel analysis.
    Seems like the success of one has a cascading polar effect on that of the counterpart πŸ™‚ Shouldn’t we do a psychological research study on the pattern πŸ™‚

  19. abha October 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    wow…………..very thoughtful n nice…interesting post!!
    You can quote Akshay Kumar here….he started with Saugandh..which was a flop..n actress..i don’t know the name even!!
    n Sushmita Sen…..she may not be stupendously successful, but has a fan following..n the hero..i think Mukul….in Dastak!

    The name play is a HIT!!!!

  20. Oxy October 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Juhi made her debut with Sultanat and not QSQT. Also, she had done couple of south-indian movies before she got QSQT.

    Rest all are good examples..

    and there are mane more like that: One I remember pronto is Ronit Roy and Farheen in ‘Jaan Tere Naam’ which had the famous song; First time dekha tujhe hum kho gaya. Farheen vanished but Ronit became the Big B of Television.

    @ Reema, Smita can kill you for that line… u know which one.. πŸ™‚

  21. Amit October 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    @Arpit : Yeah! Ameesha seems to be too plastic to me. πŸ™‚

    @lallopallo : Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Nikhil : Nooo…Some movies are good. πŸ˜€

    @Nova : Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @A : I think its all about the choices made. The interesting part is that why one person always make the wrong choices.

    @Abha : I guess Akshay’s heroine in Saugandh was not a newcomer. Yes, Susmita can be an example but she is not very successful herself. πŸ™‚

    @Oxy : Oh yes! How could I forget that. Will change in the post. And which line? The one about Salman Khan? πŸ˜‰

  22. Prax October 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    lots of hard work

    i partially agree – but women actresses they have a limited shelf life anyways

    Madhoo was mainly a south indian star who is happily married and settled like karishma… so was Harish dont know about him now

    For the rest ur spot on !

  23. Amit October 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    @Prax : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yup, that’s true about Madhoo and Harish. But I was specifically talking about Bollywood. πŸ˜›

  24. nick October 16, 2008 at 12:15 am - Reply

    The way you have mentioned the flop actors’ names is impressive! I guess ‘So-numb’ Kapoor will also meet the same fate as some of these lost stars …..

  25. Manoj October 16, 2008 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Cool..interesting read!

    Kajol, Kajol, Kajol Kajol!!!!! Well, I will try and restrain myself from talking any furthur about Kajol this time. πŸ˜€

    It was disheartening to see how Bhagyashree wasted her budding career.
    Never expected that Amisha would churn out flops after flops..especially after KNPH and Gadar.
    Karisma’s was a struggle until she carved her own niche.
    I thought Hrithik would be a one fim wonder after KNPH..especially during the time of Mission Kashmir. But he proved himself and now an exception!! Good one!

  26. A October 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Choices?…About choosing the movies to be in? It’s the choices made for them rather than they really can themselves I think.

  27. Bikash October 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I can only manage to say that it’s gr8.Great thinking by u and i would like to thank u for sharing those unnoticeable things.If possible then pls put some hit debu duo like Rishi and Dimpal.

  28. Amit October 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    @Nick : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yes, maybe. Lets wait n watch. πŸ™‚

    @Manoj : Yup. Kajol was the ultimate star. There is no equal. I never liked Bhagyashree and Amisha. I was quite skeptical about Hrithik coming out of his father’s shadow, but he proved himself well. πŸ™‚

    @A : Yes, I agree. Someone made choices for them and they had to pick up from what they were offered. It was destiny maybe…

    @Bikash : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yes, I would definitely like to write about that. πŸ™‚

  29. Rachana October 17, 2008 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Add to the list Amrita Rao-Arya Babbar – Ab Ke Baras. I think both were newcomers then. Amrita rao is doing well and Arya Babbar was last seen playing Guru’s sala in Guru.

  30. Xylene October 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    For the Kaho Na Pyar hai one, Hrithik got all the attention because of many reasons one would be cocacola used him for advertisment along with the movie launch. And he was all over the place.

    And the second he is a better actor. πŸ™‚

  31. Amit October 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    @Rachana : Yes! Thanks for the addition. πŸ™‚

    @Xylene : Yes, Hrithik got all the addition but Amisha too gave a blockbuster follow up. I think it all depends on the choices which the actors make from whatever they are offered.

  32. Peanuts October 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Nice post.. You could write some cool movie reviews at Doctorflix

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