By Hindustan Times
Though 2011 has just begun, it has already proven beneficial for three actors who were major crowd pullers in the early-and-mid-naughties but have seen their careers languish in the last few years.
The Deol brothers, Sunny-Bobby, and talented Rani Mukherjee are back in the race after hitting jackpot with Yamla Pagla Deewana and No One Killed Jessica, respectively. After her last dud, Dil Bole Haddipa (2009), Rani disappeared from the Bollywood radar, so much so that many had written her off. Rani had no releases in 2010. Before NOKJ’s release, Rani had confessed: “I feel bad when people write that Rani is finished, but I also feel good that it gives me an opportunity to bounce back.”
Sure enough, Rani has now resurfaced - and how! Apart from breaking the first Friday jinx, Rajkumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica has made the audience realise that Rani is here to stay. Moreover, the actor has again become a favourite with filmmakers and bagged Reema Kagti’s next with Aamir Khan.
After Apne (2007), the Deol brothers – Bobby and Sunny – had a string of flops. With forgettable films like Naqaab, Nanhe Jaisalmer, Chamku, Heroes, Ek – The Power Of One, Vaada Raha and the horror thriller Help, Bobby’s career had definitely slid downhill. Meanwhile, Sunny Deol too lost his once-strong connect with audience, thanks to turkeys like Heroes, Fox, Right Yaa Wrong and Khuda Kasam.
But Deols are back with a bang with Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana and have succeeded in charming the masses. Bobby Deol has more movies lined up in 2011 with Anees Bazmee’s comedy Thank You and Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Players. Sunny Deol too has signed a new film with T-Series alongside Kangna Ranaut.