BOLLYWOOD SIBLINGS - SUCCESS AND STRUGGLES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BOLLYWOOD SIBLINGS-SUCCESS AND STRUGGLES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Bollywood being the most talked about industry. The most frequently talked about relationships are being siblings in the industry they are as melo dramatic and different as the films they star in. These siblings have had their share of highs and low’s the industry has witnessed both flourishing sibling partnerships and strained relationships among its famous clan. Whilst some of them have a more successful career in Bollywood than their siblings they still continue to change the narrative by putting in the hard-work and focusing solely on their goals and achievements.

Here is a list of 10 Bollywood siblings who have been in the industry since decades and who are in still in the process trying to make a mark for themselves:

SHILPA SHETTY & SHAMITA SHETTY

SHILPA SHETTY and SHAMITA SHETTY

An actress, model, and businesswoman Shilpa Shetty is definitely a boss lady with a multitalented personality in the industry. She began her career in Bollywood in the early 1990s with her thriller debut movie Baazigar in (1993) and gained her first film fare nomination award for best actress in a supporting role for it. She had intermittent success after that with films like Dhadkan, (2000) Mei Khiladi Tu Anari, (1994) Janwar (1999). She also won the British reality television series "Celebrity Big Brother" in (2007), which widen her international appeal and made her into an overnight sensation. In addition to acting, she has ventured into entrepreneurship in health and wellness, including a yoga and fitness app. Shilpa Shetty has appeared in over 60 films in various different languages . While making her mark with her latest 0TT debut being Indian Police Force (2024). She has had a prolific career spanning several decades in the Indian film industry.

On the contrary Shamita Shetty's career graph has had its share of pro’s and con’s. After her debut in Mohabbatein in (2000), she appeared in several films during her span in Bollywood while experiencing moderate success. However, her career didn't reach to the same heights as her sister Shilpa's. In the 2000’s she took a stepback from acting to explore other opportunities. Despite returning to the industry with occasional film roles and reality TV appearances, she hasn't achieved the same level of success as some of her colleague. Nonetheless her career graph showcase resilience, while she hasn't been as acknowledged as her sister Shilpa Shetty in terms of the number of films, Shamita has appeared in a number of noticeable movies such as Zeher, Fareb and Bewafaa (2005). While she has also participated in reality shows like Bigg Boss 0TT 2 (2023) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, showcasing her talent beyond acting. Her career has been quite a journey, while she may not have had as many substantial roles as an actor or constant appearances in films compared to her early stage acting career back then, she has still continued to be seen in the entertainment industry through various projects done by her in reality TV shows, and occasional film roles. In addition a career in the film industry often involves luck and hardwork, and Shamita's journey has been one of it.

KAJOL & TANISHA MUKHERJEE

KAJOL And TANISHA MUKHERJEE

Kajol's career in Bollywood has been nothing short of iconic. Her debut movie was with the film Bekhudi in 1992 but gained recognition and critical acclaim for her role in Baazigar (1993), where she starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan. However, it was her collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) that made her as one of Bollywood's leading actresses. 

Throughout her early days in the industry, Kajol has delivered several memorable performances in films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), and Fanaa (2006). She has portrayed a wide range of characters, from bubbly and vivacious to intense and dramatic, it has earned her worldwide acclaim and a huge fan base following.

After a break from the industry following her marriage to Ajay Devgn, Kajol made a successful comeback with the film Fanaa(2006). She continued to impress audiences with her performances with films like My Name is Khan (2010), Dilwale (2015), and Helicopter Eela (2018).

Kajol's contributions to Indian cinema have been celebrated with numerous awards, including six Filmfare Awards. Kajol also made her OTT Debut with Tribhanga (2021) on Netflix.

While Tanishaa Mukerje, the younger sister of Kajol, followed in her elder sister Kajol’s footsteps all the way into Bollywood but didn't achieve the same level of success as her sister. She made her acting debut with the film Sssshhh... in (2003), but it was her role in the romantic drama Neal 'n' Nikki (2005) that garnered her some attention.

Despite appearing in a few films, including Sarkar (2005) and Tango Charlie (2005), Tanisha didn't manage to establish herself as a prominent actress in Bollywood. However, she gained wider recognition when she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 7 in 2013, where she was one of the finalists.

Since then, Tanisha has appeared in some television shows and reality programs. While her Bollywood career may not have reached the same heights as her sister Kajol, Tanisha continues to explore various opportunities in the entertainment industry.

ALIA BHATT & POOJA BHATT

ALIA BHATT And POOJA BHATT

Alia Bhatt's career in Bollywood is nothing but exceptional. She made her acting debut with the film Student of the Yea in 2012, where she showcased her talent and versatility at a young age. However, it was her portrayal of Veera Tripathi in Highway (2014) that truly demonstrated her acting prowess and earned her critical acclaim.

Alia Bhatt's career soared to new heights with her performances in films like 2 States (2014), Udta Punjab(2016), and Dear Zindagi (2016), where she proved her ability to tackle diverse roles with depth and authenticity. Her role as Sehmat Khan in Raazi (2018) further solidified her reputation as one of Bollywood's finest actresses, earning her the praise and several awards. In addition to her acting skills, Alia Bhatt has also demonstrated her versatility by taking on challenging roles in films like Gully Boy (2019), where she played a street-smart aspiring rapper, and Kalank (2019), where she portrayed a complex character in a period drama and Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) being the most successful blockbuster hit with her Steller performance she beautifully captured the strength and versatility of the character. Apart from her acting career, Alia Bhatt has also ventured into production and clothing company called, Ed-a-Mamma and Eternal Sunshine Productions, further establishing herself as a powerhouse in the Indian film industry. With her screen presence and the time she dedicates into all her characters, Alia Bhatt continues to rise and shine in Bollywood.

Also, Pooja Bhatt's career in the Indian film industry has seen its share of tiral and errors. While she achieved considerable success in the 1990s as an in all her talented journer , her existence in Bollywood gradually diminished over time. Her breakthrough came with Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), and Sadak (1991), After making a mark with films like Daddy (1989) Pooja Bhatt faced challenges in maintaining her position as a leading actress. Additionally, her directorial ventures such as Paap (2003) and Holiday (2006), received mixed reviews and didn't achieve significant commercial success. This period could be considered a downturn in her career as a director. However, Pooja Bhatt has remained active in the industry, in different capacities. She has continued to explore her talents in bollywood as well as her involvement in other causes. While she may not be as actively seen in Bollywood as she once was, Pooja Bhatt's involvement to Indian cinema and her resilience in the face of challenges are still noteworthy, Her stint on reality show Bigg Boss OTT 2 (2023) as a contestant and 4th runner up also garnered some mixed reviews. She was currently seen in Amazon’s Big Girls Don’t Cry which released in (2024).

KATRINA KAIF & ISABELL KAIF


Katrina Kaif's journey in Bollywood has been one of perseverance, growth, and success. She began her career with a string of modeling assignments before making her acting debut in the film Boom in 2003. While the film didn't fare well at the box office, Katrina Kaif caught the industry's attention with her striking looks and screen presence.

Despite facing criticism initially for her acting skills and command over the Hindi language, Katrina Kaif worked tirelessly to improve her craft. Her breakthrough came with the romantic comedy Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), where she starred alongside Salman Khan and garnered praise for her performance. Katrina Kaif's career reached new heights with films like Namastey London (2007), Singh Is Kinng (2008), and New York (2009), where she showcased her versatility as an actress. However, it was her association with the Tiger franchise alongside Salman Khan and later with Shah Rukh Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) that created her status as one of Bollywood's leading actresses. In the following years, Katrina Kaif delivered several box office hits and received critical acclaim for her performances in films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), and Zero (2018). She's known for her dedication to her roles, particularly in action sequences and dance numbers. In addition to her acting career, Katrina Kaif has been a prominent figure in the Indian entertainment industry, endorsing various brands and products. She's also known for her philanthropic efforts, supporting causes related to education, healthcare, and women's empowerment, she also owns a cosmetic brand to her achievements list called Kay Beauty. With her consistency and hardwork Katrina Kaif has become one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood.

Similarly Isabelle Kaif, the younger sister of Katrina Kaif, is also an actress in the Indian film industry. She made her acting debut with the film Dr. Cabbie in 2014. The film received positive reviews, and Isabel's performance was appreciated despite her limited screen time. Following her debut, Isabel Kaif appeared in a few other projects, including the Bollywood film Time To Dance (2021), where she played one of the lead roles alongside Sooraj Pancholi. The film marked her debut in Bollywood, and while it didn't receive much attention, Isabel's performance was noted by some critics.

As of now, Isabel Kaif's is working towards establishing herself as an actress in the Indian film industry. While she may not have achieved the same level of recognition as her sister Katrina Kaif yet, Isabel continues to explore opportunities and improver her skills as an actress.

MALAIAKA ARORA & AMRITA ARORA


Malaika Arora is a well known personality in the Indian entertainment industry. She began her career as a VJ on MTV India in the late 1990s, gaining popularity for her hosting skills and on-screen presence. Malaika Arora gained widespread recognition for her iconic dance number Chaiyya Chaiyya from the film Dil Se (1998), where she danced atop a moving train alongside Shah Rukh Khan. The song became a massive hit and established Malaika as one of Bollywood's most graceful dancers. In addition to her dancing talents, Malaika Arora has appeared in numerous item songs in Bollywood films, including Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg (2010 and Anarkali Disco Chali from Housefull 2 (2012), which further solidified her status as a dancing sensation in the industry. Apart from her film appearances, Malaika Arora has also been a successful model, endorsing various brands and products. She has graced the covers of numerous magazines and walked the ramp for top designers. In recent years, Malaika Arora has expanded her career into television, serving as a judge on reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India's Got Talent. She has also hosted several television programs and has been a mentor on dance reality shows. Malaika Arora's sheer dedication to her craft have made her a known name in the Indian entertainment industry, and she continues to be a prominent fac both on screen and off.

Whilst Amrita Arora's career includes being a VJ for MTV. She made her Bollywood debut opposite Fardeen Khan in Kitne Door Kitne Pass (2002) which wasn’t successful t the box office. While she may not have achieved the same level of regognition as some of her close circle contemporaries and sister Malaika Arora, she has maintained a consistency in the industry through her previous acting roles, modeling assignments, and television appearances.

Like many actors, Amrita Arora has also experienced highs and lows in her career graph, However, she has continued to explore opportunities in various mediums with her given talent and achievements. She may not have been in the media glare as frequently in recent years But Amrita Arora remains active in the entertainment industry and socially.

ANIL KAPOOR & SANJAY KAPOOR


Anil Kapoor's career has been marked by longevity, and resilience in Bollywood. He's known for his acting and diverse roles, and ability to adapt to changing trends. He gained recognition and fame with his debut film Woh Saat Din in (1983) and tit increased his fanbase from there onwards Be it his performance in Mashaal (1984) to iconic roles in films like Mr. India (1987) where he played the charming and iconic character of Arun Verma, and Beta (1992) for which he also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. His successful transition from lead roles to character roles has ensured his relevance in the industry over the decades, Also Animal (2024) adding it to the list and his performance being widely appreciated for its depth and intensity shows his talent reaffirming his status as a revered actor in Bollywood. Additionally, his international ventures, like "Slumdog Millionaire" and the TV series "24," have further showcased his talent on a global stage. He has also ventured into producing films and has been actively involved in promoting young talent in the industry. Overall, his journey in Bollywood is a testament to his versatility, dedication, and enduring popularity among audiences.

Yet Sanjay Kapoor brother of Anil Kapoor has had a fluctuating career graph. He made his debut with Prem in (1995) which didn't do well. However, he gained attention with Raja (1995) and Sirf Tum (1999). Chhupa Rastum (2021) also being averagely successful he hasn't maintained consistent momentum in his career. He's also ventured into television and produced films, with Tv and web shows like Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara (2017), Fame Game, (2022) but still his prominence in Bollywood has been variable.

His career graph in Bollywood can be attributed to a combination of factors such as inconsistent film choices, lack of impactful roles, and stiff competition from other actors. Despite some initial successes, he struggled to maintain a strong presence in the industry, leading to a decline in his career trajectory. Additionally, changing audience preferences and shifts in the industry landscape may have also played a role in his diminishing popularity.

RISHI KAPOOR & RAJIV KAPOOR


Rishi Kapoor had a unbeatable victorious career spread over five decades in the Indian film industry. His debut movie as a child artist was film Mera Naam Joker (1970). His name to fame started as a romantic lead in the films like Bobby (1973), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), and Karz (1980).

He later evolved to character roles with significant performances in movies like Damini (1993) and Do Dooni Chaar (2010). He continued to impress audiences with his acting and charisma , earning accolades for his roles in movies like Kapoor & Son (2016) and 102 Not Out (2018). Throughout his career, Rishi Kapoor remained a well known beloved figure in Indian cinema, His last movie Sharmaji Namkeen (2022 )was loved by everyone for the simplicity and portrayal of the character with such ease, His sudden demise was a great loss to the film industry, but his legacy still continues to live on through his memorable performances on screen.

Also on the other hand Rajiv Kapoor, the youngest son of Raj Kapoor, had a relatively short span of career in Bollywood compared to his older brothers Rishi and Randhir Kapoor. His debut movie was with the film Ek Jaan Hain Hum in (1983). However, he got noticed through the romantic film Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was directed by his father Raj Kapoor.

Despite there being an initial success of Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Rajiv Kapoor's following films didn't perform that well at the box office. He list of movies also included  Aasmaan (1984), Lover Boy (1985), and Zabardast (1985), but none of them managed to establish him as a leading actor in Bollywood.

After a few more films and trying his luck Rajiv Kapoor eventually shifted his focus to behind the scene work in the film industry. His directorial film Prem Granth in (1996) also didn’t do much of a magic for him. While his acting career may not have reached the same heights as his father or brothers, Rajiv Kapoor’s contribution will always remain in the Kapoor family's legacy in Bollywood.

VICKY KAUSHAL & SUNNY KAUSHAL


Vicky Kaushal's career has been made on solely hard work and determination . His debut movie got him alot of critical acclaimed Masaan in (2015), Sine then he appeared in various films, be it his role in Raazi (2018) that got the attention. While his portrayal of Kamli in Sanju (2018) got him to stardom, showcasing his skillfull talent and acting. Since then, he has delivered many memorable performances in films like Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), for which he recited the National Film Award for Best Actor, and Manmarziyaan (2018). And the list for his successful bollywood film career continues there after with Sardar Udham Singh (2021) the romantic comedy Zara Hatke Zara Bachke the biopic Sam Bahadur and the comedy-drama Dunki (all 2023). The last of these won him another Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Vicky Kaushal's career continues to soar high, with his commitment to his work and his strong observing skills to pick the right roles and to get into the skin of the character has got him acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Meanwhile Sunny Kaushal, the younger brother of Vicky Kaushal, has been trying to making a name for himself in Bollywood. His made debut movie was Sunshine Music Tours and Travels in (2016). However, it was his role in Gold (2018) alongside Akshay Kumar that brought him recognition. Sunny has also featured in films like Bhangra Paa Le (2020) and Shiddat (2021), Hurdang (2022) Chor Nikal kei Bhaaga (2023) showcasing his talent and potential as an actor. He will also be seen next in romantic thriller Phir Aayi Hasseen Dilruba, While he may still be establishing himself in the industry, his performances have also got attention, but he is yet to make a mark in Bollywood like his brother Vicky Kaushal.

SALMAN KHAN & SOHAIL KHAN