Sometimes actors take on a role never thinking that it might be a game changer for them. Of course certain roles are like lessons learnt the harsh way for actors but some are so incredibly life changing that it is the defining moment of their entire career. These are the movies that the stars are usually synonymous with. Here is look at some movies that changed the course of the life of the lead actors!
Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge
This movie is known to be one of the most romantic movies of Hindi cinema. Every character in the movie was well defined and was career defining for them. Not only was Mandira Bedi discovered from the movie but Shah Rukh Khan got a superhit as a lead hero, which so badly needed after a string of movies portraying him in a negative shade like Baazigar and Darr, among others. The movie made him the king of romance.
Sanjay Dutt in Munna Bhai MBBS
Sanjay Dutt was going through a rough patch in his life, with imprisonment and flops coming his way. That is time Rajkumar Hirani came to him with Munna Bhai MBBS. The breathtakingly fresh concept of comedy showing the actor in a very different light, made the audiences fall in love with him all over again. The film did amazing business at the box office and was a career defining moment for Sanjay Dutt.
Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela
Ram Gopal Varma’s blockbuster Rangeela did for Urmila Matondkar what films like Chamatkar and Narsimha couldn’t. It made her a superstar overnight. The film was iconic for her outfits and made her a sex-symbol that no one ever thought would be possible with this cute former child actress. The film engraved Urmila’s place in Bollywood forever.
Manoj Bajpayee in Satya
Despite appearing in an important film like Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, talented actor Manoj Bajpayee never got his due. It was when he accepted to play the role of ‘Bhiku Mhatre’ in the gangster cult movie Satya, everyone sat up and took notice of the incredible talent that had landed into Bollywood. The character was as iconic and Mugambo in Mr. India and made him an instant star.
Maduri Dixit in Tezaab
Before Tezaab Madhuri Dixit had movies like Dayavan and Khatron Ke Khiladi but no one really noticed the actress’s talents. It was the one song in particular ‘Ek Do Teen’ that brought her to the attention of the audiences and noticed what a fabulous performer and dancer she really was. That was a career defining moment for Madhuri as she came in several hit movies like Kishen Kanhaiya, Ram Lakhan, Saajan and Beta, among others.
Akshaye Khanna in Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai was a cult film for its time. It was truly a changed face of Bollywood and brought freshness to movie making. Akshaye Khanna, one of the three main leads from the film had had a rough journey before that. His films like Himalaya Putra, Aa Ab Laut Chalen and Dahek, among others were blink and miss kind of movies. It was this multi-starrer that put him opposite Dimple Kapadia, which really tapped his acting potential. The film was a super success commercially and Akshaye made a place for himself in Bollywood once and for all.