The Comeback QUEENS of Bollywood

A bevy of prominent female actors of last decade are gearing up to make their comeback.

karismaThey all left with a promise to come back someday and indeed true to their words, the heroines of the 80s and early 90s are back in business.

These pretty faces were once upon a time the heartthrobs of millions. But guess what, even today, a single glance is all that it takes to set thousands of hearts beating at double the pace. Desiclub reveals how Sridevi, Madhuri and Karisma plan to re-carve their niche into the present world of Bollywood.

Our movies do miss these beauties of yesteryear, in spite of the presence of today’s heavyweights like Kareena, Katrina and scores of others. That is precisely why big banners have been queuing up to lure them back, after they had given up their careers ages ago.

Lo and behold, get ready to see your favourite mainstream actresses of 90’s coming back to grace the silver screen all over again. Times have clearly changed and the career of a leading actress has now got a much deserved extension due to changing norms of film industry. Yesteryear actresses were not this privileged and most of them faded into oblivion or took the mother/ sister roles like Rati Agnihotri and Poonam Dhillon.

Indian film industry has been a male dominated industry and leading actors have a larger shelf life than those of leading actresses. There is usually a huge age gap between the lead actors and newly launched debutant actresses. However, the reverse trend is mostly rejected (Rani-Shahid in Dil Bole Hadippa). Thanks to television reality shows we still get to see our favourite actresses, but we hardly get to see them in a mainstream movie.

Amitabh Bachchan has been a glaring example of one personality who has defeated the established norms of the industry. At this age also he gets to feature in character roles specifically written for him (Paa, Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap, Baghban). The revolutionizing ‘character role’ has revived the way our films are now written and this very fact combined with the challenging directors has opened a path for actresses to make an exciting comeback.

What needs to be really underlined in this positive trend is the fact that most of these actresses – Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor & Kajol have all been widely appreciated award winning actresses of their times. Actresses of current times are mostly former models and they leave a void for a film requiring a challenging and path breaking performance. There is a niche area for performance oriented roles that has made the comeback possible.


Raveena Tandon, 37 was earlier seen as a reality TV. Raveena Tandon’s story has been strikingly similar. Married to film distributor Anil Thadani, this mother of two took a sabbatical for five years. She is now warming up for her career’s second innings and recently did an item song in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap. Next, she will be seen acting opposite, Sanjay Dutt in a psychological thriller, Alert.

But Raveena refuses to call her return a comeback. “When Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock do one a film a year, it’s not called a comeback, is it?’ she quipped recently.

The Dhak dhak girl, Madhuri Dixit, has never been too far from our hearts in spite of the distance separating her from her fans. This personification of beauty and grace is rumored to be acting in the remake of ‘Satte Pe Satta’. Although we did get to see her every now and then, we could never have had enough of her, could we?Madhuri Dixit, 44 has recently come back to Mumbai with few projects in her kitty. She earlier made an appearance in Aaja Nachle (2007) which was not a commercial success but her performance was widely appreciated. She was recently quoted saying, “Our society is changing and so are the attitudes of people. The subjects of our films have changed dramatically compared to 10 years ago. I feel there is a lot to do for actresses like me in the film industry. The audience tastes too have matured.”

The former leading actresses are looking ravishing and have well-toned bodies. Sridevi on the other hand, has been planning her comeback with ‘English Vinglish’.

Sridevi at 48 is now currently shooting for her upcoming comedy Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. Though she is quite nervous to face the camera after her last release Judaai (1997) she definitely is excited and looking mega bucks! Her newly acquired figure is sure to raise temperatures once again.


Karisma Kapoor, 37 will be seen in a special appearance in Houesfull sequel and audience certainly cannot wait to see her dance moves yet again. She wowed us with her charm and dance skills in Dil To Paagal Hai (1997) for which she won National Award. The blue eyed Karisma, whose shapely body could give any leading actress a run for her money, is all set to make her return with ‘Dangerous Ishq’. It is a Vikram Bhatt film based upon supernatural powers.Karisma is firmly confident that age is no longer a barrier for an actress.

Kajol, 37 has also maintained a work-life balance and has taken time off to focus on her marriage and children. She has continued to portray performance oriented roles and her fans are always ready to see her onscreen.

Aishwarya Rai, 37 at the same age has been a great example for leading actresses. She has been the highest paid actress of her time and has continued to get meatier projects. It will be really interesting to see her making a comeback post her delivery.