Charming personality and handsome looks were considered easy passports to Bollywood. Several stars like Jeetendra, Manoj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, etc. in the ’60s ruled Bollywood, not for their actions but their good looks. The media had coined the term ‘Chocolate hero’ exclusively for such stars. But history is witnessed that many ‘Chocolate hero’ too could make it big despite their extremely debonair personality.
In the ’80s Deepak Parashar stole the thunder with his dashing looks in the film Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980) but after that, he could not sustain stardom. Though he did some hit films like Nikaah (1982), Sharaabi (1984), etc. He had to survive doing roles on TV.
Jugal Hansraj, the cute, light-eyed child who won huge success for his innocent looks and great performance in Masoom (1983) turned into a handsome man. He was signed by top filmmaker Salim Akhtar in his film Aa Gale Lag Jaa in 1994 opposite Urmila Matondkar but the film failed. Two years later Mahesh Bhatt gave him another major break in his film Papa Kehte Hai but yet again he failed. The few movies he did were Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Salaam Namaste (2005) but could not make it big.
A discovery of Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL), Chandrachur Singh, was tall, handsome and cute looking. His debut film Tere Mere Sapne (1996) was a washout but his second film released the same year was Gulzar‘s hard-hitting Maachis. The movie was not only hit but also fetched him Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. However, despite doing film films like Daag: The Fire (1999) opposite Sanjay Dutt, Kya Kehna (2000) opposite Preity Zinta and Josh (2000) opposite Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan, Chandrachur Singh failed to click as all these films failed at the box-office!
Like father like son goes the English axiom but alas in Bollywood the axiom failed as Bollywood’s two most dashing actors viz. Feroz Khan and Vinod Khanna‘s respective sons Fardeen Khan and Rahul Khanna did not succeed.
Faisal Khan, the younger brother of Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan too could not succeed despite having good looks and dashing personality. Faisal started his career as a child star in his uncle Nasir Hussain‘s hit film Pyar Ka Mausam, playing young Shashi Kapoor. Later, he made his debut as a leading hero in the film Madhosh. The film was produced by his father Tahir Hussain but the film failed. Again in 2000, hit film Raja Hindustani director Dharmesh Darshan signed him opposite Aamir Khan in the film Mela. Unfortunately, the film failed and so came to halt the career of Faisal Khan.