Queen long dethroned, prince turns to pauper
By Mayur Lookhar
Flashback to 2011. She was a rising star, an actress of substance. He, a passionate serial kisser one who’s stock were fast rising, even drawing him comparisons with the Khans. Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi coming together for a film! Critics felt that this is too unconventional a jodi (pair) and likely to be doomed.
But boy, didn’t Vidya and Emraan prove all of us wrong by painting ‘The Dirty Picture’.
Balan went on to bag her second best actress award at Filmfare, a third successive triumph at the coveted awards (she won the critics award in the previous year)
While he didn’t win any awards, but Emraan Hashmi was widely appreciated for his performance. Yes, he continued to excel as a serial kisser, but people were now marvelling at Emraan Hashmi, the actor.
The following year saw Emraan deliver another hit with Jannat 2, while Vidya went on to bag her 4th successive Filmfare award with Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani. She became the undisputed queen of Bollywood, even earning the title of Vidya ‘Khan’. It was a forgone conclusion that the two actors were destined for greatness.
Oh boy, didn’t we jump the gun? Fast forward to 2015, and the board looks as follows
Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015) FLOP
Bobby Jasoos (2014) FLOP
Shaadi ke Side Effects (2014) FLOP
Ghanchakkar (2013) SUPER FLOP
Post Kahaani, the only time Vidya thoroughly entertained us was with her lavani item number from the flop film ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’.
As for Emraan, his last hit was the thriller Raaz 3. Since then Emraan’s career has dramatically declined.
Rush, Ek Thi Daayan, Ghanchakkar, Raja Natwarlal, Tigers, Ungli, Mr.X, and now Hamari Adhuri Kahani That makes it 8 flops in a row. Uff, that is some slide.
Well, post the Ungli debacle, it was rumoured that Emraan had rushed to the Bhatt camp, urging his mentor and family Mahesh Bhatt to resurrect his career.
He needed to find his X-Factor again, but Mr.X turned into another cross in his ever growing flop list. He reunited with his lucky charm, Mohit Suri for Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, but lady luck eluded both men this time.
So, as of today, critics are out with their knives, some not hesitating in proclaiming that may be Emraan and Vidya have past their prime. This writer though wouldn’t toe the same line as here are two multi talented actors who still have a lot to offer to the industry.
However, I do wonder where has it all gone wrong for Vidya and Emraan? The duo rightly experimented with comedy in Ghanchakkar but it tanked. In fact, Vidya made it a hat-trick of fun-filled films with Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Bobby Jasoos. Sadly, the audiences weren’t amused.
Balan’s downfall has seen Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut vie for the top spot, while poor Emraan is now fast falling off from most director’s wish list.
Actors are defined by the choices they make. Unfortunately, the ones taken by these stars leaves a lot to be desired. How could they take one bad film after another? They sure could have read the signs while filming. The failure of these films lie in poor content, but haven’t these actors reaped success with average scripts before?
Well, that is true, but truth to be told, this is 2015 and the two actors have failed to catch the pulse of the audience.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Dum laga ke haisha, Badlapur, Hunterrr, Mardaani, Baby, Piku. NH 10. These are films that have done well in the last one year, purely because they’ve had a good story to tell. Not all of them have touched the 100 crore mark, but they have appealed to both the masses and the classes.
Now compare the above films to the big banner, big budget films. Ranbir Kapoor’s given three successive duds, Hrithik got banged with Bang Bang, SRK’s Happy New Year earned bug bucks, but was ridiculed by none other than Jaya Bachchan, despite her son featuring in it After Action Jackson and Singham 2, Ajay Devgn has now vowed not to take up any stupid film even if it has the best director.
The signs are clear. The audience is now hungry for content driven films.
Emraan would pin great hopes on the Azhar biopic, while Vidya Balan would do well to go another vacation and do some soul searching.
These stars have always enjoyed great goodwill among fans and the media for their humble nature. While they too surely must be concerned, but it’s unlikely that this bad phase will bring them down. We hope they turn things around quickly, or else the critics will then show them the ‘THE BLEAK PICTURE’