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Bollywood Stars: Comeback season!

Raveena Tandon


Mumbai, Oct. 17 -- After successful runs in Bollywood, several actors take a hiatus from films, for various reasons. But that doesn't stop them from returning to the silver screen when they feel the time is opportune. The coming months will also witness a barrage of comebacks.

To start with, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who took a break post her wedding and baby, will face the camera again for Sanjay Gupta's next, Jazbaa. Her last venture was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish (2010). Similarly, Raveena Tandon will be seen playing a jazz singer in Anurag Kashyap's muchtalked-about upcoming film, Bombay Velvet. Actor Shiney Ahuja, who disappeared from the film circuit after being involved in a controversy, will also make a comeback in Anees Bazmee's next.

"Besides the advantage that they are already popular, an important factor is that a director doesn't have to spoonfeed," says Bazmee, adding, "They might feel a bit uncomfortable for the first few days when they come back, but they don't show it. Since they are experienced, it becomes easier to work with them."

Experience is one of the factors why film-makers like to work with senior actors. Probably that's why a string of directors, including Anurag Basu and Shaad Ali, have roped in Govinda for their respective ventures. In fact, Ranbir (who stars in Basu's next) said that "we all, somewhere, have been influenced by Govinda as an actor and dancer". Also, Rekha will be seen in a title role, after a long time, in Indra Kumar's next.

"There is also nostalgia attached to them, so we want to see them, but in most cases, you can't cast them as the main lead because the question will be: Can they draw audiences to theatres on their own now? I don't think so," says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.

That's not all. Pooja Bhatt is set to act again after 13 years in Reema Kagti's Mr Chaalu, while Armaan Kohli will be seen with Salman Khan in Sooraj Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Recently, Amrita Singh has also made a comeback to films with back-to-back ventures like Aurangzeb (2013) and this year's hit, 2 States. "I feel the term 'comeback' is over-hyped. And I think it puts a lot of pressure on anyone who wants to work. We (actors of her generation) don't need to prove ourselves now," says Raveena, who is also doing Onir's next.