The term ‘making a comeback’ is usually reserved for female actors in Bollywood, some of whom go into oblivion after marriage and motherhood and return to their passion of acting once their children are all grown up.
This time, an actor is making a comeback. Late Firoz Khan’s son, Fardeen Khan who disappeared from the silver screen after delivering a few hits is returning after 11 years with the Sanjay Gupta directed film ‘Visfot.’ He was last seen in the 2011 film ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’. Not to say, that Fardeen will come back a leaner, fitter self.
While some actors did not last too long in their second innings, others came back with a bang and seem to be here to stay with a better choice of roles available than in their heydays.
A classic example is of Dharmendra’s son, Bobby Deol, who came back with ‘Race 3’ and ‘Housefull 4’ and made his mark on OTT with ‘Aashram’ and ‘Class of 83.’ As a lead actor before his dry spell, he had delivered hits like ‘Soldier,’ ‘Barsat,’ and ‘Badal.’
2. Chandrachur Singh
He is best remembered as the doe-eyed wronged youngster of the hit film ‘Maachis.’ Some of his other films were ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, ‘Dil Kya Kare’, ‘Daag: The Fire’ and ‘Silsila Hai Pyar Ka’. The audience was pleasantly surprised to see him after a long hiatus in the Sushmita Sen directed web series ‘Aarya.’ Incidentally, Sushmita too, made her comeback with the series after her 2015 Bengali film ‘Nirbaak.’
She quit movies after her maiden film ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ to marry the love of her life Himalya and declared that if ever she were to act, it would be with him. Bhagyashree, who is still identified with the ‘Kabootar ja ja’ song is back in an important role with Kangana Ranaut in the just-released ‘Thalaivii.’
4. Shilpa Shetty
Unfortunately for Shilpa Shetty, her comeback film, ‘Hungama 2’ coincided with her husband Raj Kundra’s arrest in connection with the pornographic films case. After her last release in the 2007 ‘Apne’, Shilpa was very much around with her fitness and cooking videos and as a judge on reality shows. She will next feature in ‘Nikamma’.
Neetu Kapoor, who gave up films at the height of her career, appeared in films much later. She did ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, and ‘Besharam’, in which her co-star was her late husband, Rishi Kapoor. She will now be seen in ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’.
Divya Khosla Kumar
Not many people know that Divya Khosla Kumar did a film ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’ in 2004. She turned to direction and production after marriage but will now be seen opposite John Abraham in ‘Satyameva Jayate 2.’