Sanjay Dutt’s career has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, but with his jail term finally over - the actor had been incarcerated for his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts - it seems more promising than it has been in years. Director Rajkumar Hirani is making a biopic on his life, in which he’ll be played by Ranbir Kapoor, but on Friday, his first film after being released from prison in February 2016, Bhoomi, will hit theatres.
Repeat comebacks are a common theme with the stars on this list. Bollywood loves a good comeback. And stars love being stars.
So here are six recent movies that are considered comeback vehicles for their stars.
Shreyas Talpade’s directorial debut provided not one, but two comebacks - although Sunny Deol seems to make one every couple of years. For his brother Bobby, however, it was a bonafide chance to regain some of his lost stardom - he’d dabbled in DJing for a while, and hadn’t starred in a film since 2013’s Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. The film performed poorly at the box office, collecting Rs 17 crore against a reported budget of Rs 30 crore.
After making her first real comeback after a 15-year hiatus with 2012’s English Vinglish, ‘80s icon Srivdevi took another long break till her next film, 2017’s Mom. Both films performed well with critics and at the box office - English Vinglish was a breakout hit, grossing Rs 78 crore, while Mom made Rs 64 crore.
2017 has been a year of comebacks. This time it was the turn of Raveena Tandon, who made a cameo appearance in 2015’s Bombay Velvet, but reserved a starring role until Maatr. The film made less than Rs 3 crore at the box office, unlike Sridevi’s Mom - with which it shared similar plots and title.
While Dilwale was touted as Kajol’s grand comeback to movies since she took a break after giving birth to her son in 2010, it was more of a Shah Rukh Khan movie. In any case, the film severely underperformed, which meant that 2017 Tamil movie, VIP 2, became Kajol’s next comeback. The film made Rs 25 crore in its first five days. It was also released in a dubbed Hindi version.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 2015 comeback vehicle is perhaps the film that has most in common with Bhoomi. There’s a legitimacy to it that some of these other films simply don’t have. It’s directed by Sanjay Gupta, co-starred Irrfan Khan, but barely recouped its Rs 30 crore budget. The film made between Rs 33 and Rs 42 crore at the BO.
Aa Gaya Hero
At the height of his career in the ‘90s, Govinda used to deliver 6-7 films per year. 2017’s Aa Gaya Hero was his first film since 2014’s Happy Ending. But it couldn’t even manage Rs 2 crore in its entire run. Neither could it give Govinda’s career a second wind.
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Sanjay Dutt’s biopic featuring the Jagga Jasoos star Ranbir Kapoor is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated movies to date. This Rajkumar Hirani directorial will narrate the journey of Bollywood’s ‘Munna Bhai’ like never before.
Rumours around the title of the movie have been rife ever since the announcement of the project but it seems like some of these rumours can be put to bed as (apparently) the film finally has a title, reports Pinkvilla. The Khalnayak star’s biopic will be named SANJU. The reports also suggested that Ranbir has finished shooting the majority of the film.
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‘Sanju’ has been the star’s nickname for quite a while now and his friends, family and fans have all called previously him by that name.
“I am really keeping my fingers crossed for Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. Shooting for the film was a different experience altogether. I can’t imagine and believe how much a man can go through in one life,” said Ranbir in an interview.
I pray my son is not like me: Sanjay Dutt
He added, “He has paid for his deeds, made mistakes and gotten everything in this life. While filming, there were times when I would observe him a lot – talk and walk like him.
“After the look of Sanjay Dutt was released, it was appreciated but the role that I am portraying is not an act. I hope everyone likes it,” the actor concluded.
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Revealing Sanjay Dutt’s response to Ranbir’s look, a source close to the actor said, “On seeing Ranbir’s look, Sanjay was stunned at the similarities that film-maker Raju Hirani and Ranbir Kapoor had created. He absolutely loved it.”
Sanjay Dutt reacts to Ranbir Kapoor’s epic transformation for his biopic
The film is set to release on March 30, 2018.
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