They came, they acted, they conquered. When it comes to Bollywood, there’s no short-cut to long-term success. With a lot of hard work, sheer dedication, great acting skills and just a sprinkle of good ol’ luck, here are the stars who grabbed our attention with their very first films and went on to become B-town’s overnight sensations.
The Hindi film audience was first introduced to the charisma of Shah Rukh Khan in Raj Kanwar's Deewana when he made his silver-screen debut alongside Divya Bharati and Rishi Kapoor in the lead. Shah Rukh played the role of wealthy and care-free Raja Sahai who falls in love with Ravi’s (Rishi Kapoor’s) widow Kajal (played by Divya Bharati).
Deewana went on to become the second highest grossing movie of 1992 and SRK won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance which gave his acting career a roaring start and enabled him to become the King Khan of Bollywood.
Sunil Dutt’s romantic action flick Rocky marked the debut of his son, Sanjay Dutt and also starred Reena Roy, Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Raakhee, Ranjeet, Shakti Kapoor and Aruna Irani in pivotal roles.
Sanjay Dutt played the character of Rakesh who loses his memory after witnessing the attempted sexual assault of his mother by the villain, Jagdish. Rakesh now becomes the care-free Rocky and lives a life of abandonment until he falls in love with Renuka (Tina Munim) and sets out to avenge his father’s death.
According to Sanjay Dutt, ‘Rocky’ holds a special place in his heart since it gave him the real sense of being an actor.
Written and directed by Rakesh Roshan, Indian romantic drama-thriller Kaho Na…Pyaar Hai marked the debuts of newcomers Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel and also starred Anupam Kher. The film featured Hrithik in a double role as characters Rohit and Raj.
With exotic locations and catchy music, the film earned a whopping Rs. 80 crores at the box office. Besides winning a number of awards for his role, Hrithik’s good looks and acting also won him a million hearts.
Sandesh Kohli’s Phool Aur Kaante starring Ajay Devgn, Madhoo and late Amrish Puri among others was a blockbuster when it released.
It’s no wonder that Ajay Devgn’s split on two bikes is still among the most talked about debut scenes ever! The glorious and grand entry of college ‘stud’ and gangster Nageshwar’s (Amrish Puri’s) son Ajay, earned Devgn a legion of fans and made him a Bollywood sensation in no time. He was truly the tall, dark and handsome man Bollywood was waiting for.
Recently, Ajay Devgn recreated the entry scene from his debut film for his most recent romantic comedy De De Pyaar De.
J.P. Dutta’s National Award winner tale of love, Refugee not only marked the debut of Kareena Kapoor, the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor but also Abhishek Bachchan, son of popular actor Amitabh Bachchan.
The film also starred Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty and Anupam Kher among others.
Kareena did the role of Nazneen who was helped by Refugee played by Abhishek Bachchan. After earning a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for this movie, there was no looking back for this diva. Today, she is not only regarded as the glamour girl aka Bebo of B-town but also a trendsetter, a fashionista and a celebrated actress.
Endearingly referred to as the industry’s chocolate boy, Shahid Kapoor made fans swoon with his acting debut in director Ken Ghosh’s romance title Ishq Vishk which also starred Amrita Rao and Shehnaz Treasury in lead roles.
The 2003 hit romantic comedy marked newcomer Shahid’s debut, however, the actor has grown through the years and is now seen to be playing edgier more intense characters in his recent Bollywood ventures like Udta Punjab, Rangoon, Padmaavat, Haider and soon-to-be released movie Kabir Singh.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World, made her silver screen debut with Tamil-language epic political drama film Iruvar which was co-written, produced and directed by Mani Ratnam.
In the film, Rai played dual characters alongside Malayalam superstar Mohan Lal and actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj.
Bachchan revealed in a recent interview that she was approached by veteran filmmakers even before her first film but being a great admirer of Mani Ratnam’s cinema, she decided to star in Iruvar and not launch her career with Bollywood movies like Raja Hindustani or Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
A lot of people may be oblivious to the fact that even though our Mr. Perfectionist first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baaraat in 1973, it was only in 1984 that he made his foray as an actor in the experimental drama film titled Holi.
However, Khan went on to kickstart his full-time acting career with a leading role in Mansoor Khan’s romantic tragedy Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which became a blockbuster in 1988. Since then, there has been no looking back for the actor. In a career spanning over three decades, Aamir Khan has given Bollywood some of the best films.