Making a comeback into Bollywood can be a dicey business. That is if you weren’t that popular in the first place making your presence felt onscreen after a long gap can be all the more risky. But what is life without risks and actors love to come into the limelight at any given opportunity. However having said that, just like any other regular working person, actors too need to take a break and recharge their batteries or do some soul searching. Some thus decide to take a sabbatical and rejoin cinema either starting out with a transformation or completely changing their game. Here’s a look at some stars who took the long haul and made a smashing re-entry into films.
Who can forget Big B and the risks he took by starting his own production house ABCL in the 90’s. He also had back to back flop movies like Major Saab and Lal Baadshah. Critics had almost written off the bankrupt star when his destiny changed with the TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati and Yash Chopra’s Mohabbatein.
One of the finest actresses Bollywood will ever have, Sridevi’s talent and acting skills were unmatched. The late actress however had her share of flops and hit, and decided to take a break from cinema to concentrate on her family life. Her comeback film after 8 years, English Vinglish is one of the most successful comeback movies in movie history. It got the thumbs up not only from critics but fans fell in love with her all over again.
A bubbly and full of life actress, Kajol took a long sabbatical after having her second child. The actress then appeared in Fanaa opposite Aamir Khan, which was not only a commercial hit but earned her the Filmfare Best actress award as well!
Talented Bollywood actress might not have made a ground breaking debut with Pehla Pehla Pyar as a lead actress but the actress was waiting to show the critics what she could really do. She finally proved her mettle in the Shahid Kapoor starrer Haider and won several awards for it.
After a string of flops like Baabul, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Dil Bole Hadippa!, Rani Mukerji took a break from acting and concentrated on her family life. Her career took a shift when she was cast as inspector Shivaji Shivani Roy in the critically acclaimed Mardaani. There was no stopping her there after. Her next Hichki too was a superhit.