As the saying goes, everyone loves a comeback. Being an integral part of Indian culture Bollywood is not just a source of entertainment but a way of escape. But sometimes, it takes the stars away from their hectic lives, especially of actresses. However, because of personal reasons, actresses turn away from the limelight and do not appear in a movie for a long time. The reasons vary from directorial aspirations to marriage and family planning. So today let's have a look at the list of greatest comebacks of Bollywood actresses on the big screen.
After Vikram Bhatt's supernatural thriller 'Dangerous Ishhq' which failed at the box-office. Karishma Kapoor once again made a comeback with lukewarmly received web series 'Mentalhood' (2020) under Ekta Kapoor production house.
In the year 2007, Shilpa Shetty was last seen in Anurag Basu's Life in a Metro and family drama film 'Apne', and after the two films she wasn't seen on the big screen. However, the actress is quite active on the reality TV shows and her Yoga project. But now with Priyadarshan's comedy-drama film, 'Hungama 2', Shilpa is all set for her comeback.
Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta made her Hindi debut with the film Andaaz (2003) which was a box office success. But after the first success, Lara didn't get the chance to taste success. With films like 'Aan: Men at Work', 'Insan', 'Elaan' and 'Jurm', Lara focuses more on the film opting decisions. From 2005-2010, Lara didn't get good projects but films like 'Don 2' 'Singh Is Bliing' and Azhar made Laura take a break from the glimpse and glamorous life. The actress more diverted towards her personal life and after the post-pregnancy, Lara made a comeback with the Disney+Hotstar series, '100' for which she got a positive response for her performance.
In 2017, Raveena Tandon made a comeback with Ashtar Sayed thriller film 'Maatr' but unfortunately, the film didn't work well at the box-office. But now with 'KGF Chapter 2', Raveena is all set to do a big comeback on the screen with her well-written role.
Madhuri Dixit made her comeback as an actress after five years with a leading role in cinematographer Anil Mehta's dance film 'Aaja Nachle' (2007), but the film failed at the box-office. After this, the actress was seen in a few films only and in 2018, Dixit made her debut in Marathi Cinema with the comedy-drama 'Bucket List'. Later on, Dixit reunited with Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn in Indra Kumar's adventure comedy 'Total Dhamaal' (2019).
With Vishal Bhardwaj's drama film 'Haider', Tabu made a comeback in the Hindi cinema and after her top-notch performance, she gets several roles in big films such as 'Drishyam', 'Golmaal Again', De De Pyaar De, Andhadhun, Jawaani Jaaneman.
Sushmita Sen, an ageless beauty with immense talent, a talent that wasn't discovered by any filmmaker but with her digital debut on the Disney+Hotstar show 'Aarya' she proved that what required to be on the screen is 'a good script'. Sushmita Sen made her comeback after a decade with Ram Madhvani's 'Aarya'.
After Luck by Chance (2009), Dabangg (2010), Cocktail (2012), Finding Fanny (2014), Dimple Kapadia made a comeback on the big screen with the Hollywood film 'Tenet' (2020), directed by Christopher Nolan. Although the film hasn't been released in India yet due to the shut-down of theatres amid COVID-19.
Following the birth of her child, Rani Mukerji took a four-year hiatus to focus on her daughter and was persuaded by her husband, Aditya Chopra, to return to acting. She was keen to work on a project that would accommodate her parental commitments and found it in the comedy-drama 'Hichki' (2018) inspired by Brad Cohen's autobiography 'Front of the Class'. Afterward, she was seen in 'Mardaani 2'
One of the biggest female stars of the '90s was none-other than Kajol who had an on-off relation with films due to her personal life. After 2001 released Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Gham', Kajol returned on the big screen with Kunal Kohli's romantic thriller Fanaa (2006), opposite Aamir Khan. However, she always refused to term Fanaa as her 'comeback film' because she said, 'I never retired. I had just taken a break. After 'Fanaa', she appeared in husband's directorial debut, the drama 'U Me Aur Hum' (2008), 'My Name is Khan' (2010), Rohit Shetty's 'Dilwale' (2015), Tamil film, 'Velaiilla Pattadhari 2' opposite Dhanush (2017), comedy-drama Helicopter Eela (2018) and Om Raut's period action thriller 'Tanhaji' (2020).
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