Flashback 2009: Stars who had a great year!

As the year draws to a close, Bollycurry takes a look through the performance charts of B-Town's high...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 11:07:53 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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As the year draws to a close, Bollycurry takes a look through the performance charts of B-Town's high profiles, to pick out ten stars who tasted sweetest success this year.

Katrina Kaif - Kat surely has no reason to complain! Known widely as Bollywood's barbie doll, the gorgeous actress was immortalised this year when she became the actual model for Mattel's Bollywood Barbie. Furthermore she silenced cynics by shedding her glam look and achieved critical as well as commercial success with her early year release, New York, opposite John and Neil. Though the year may have ended on a downer with the news of Kat's operation; we have no doubt that she will storm through 2010 as well! Now if only we could stop the Ranbir-Katrina-Salman rumours...

Priyanka Chopra -
The previous year was the highest professional peak for Priyanka yet, but 2009 has sailed by smoothly enough! What with donning a series of different avatars - from that of a tough Marathi girl in the megahit Kaminey to... well, a dozen different looks in What's Your Raashee,Priyanka has affirmed her versatility in cinema, even more her daring to experiment and evolve. And while the latter may have bombed at BO in general, it did secure her a nomination for an entry in to the Guinness book of World Records for the most characters played in a movie. Meanwhile, with promotions going high for Pyaar Impossible opposite Uday Chopra, her next venture seems promising enough. All in all, her career graph seems to be going at a steady pace, and doting the audience sems to multiply ever more; Piggy Chops should have no reason whatsoever to complain!

Ranbir Kapoor -
Saawariya was a flop (as bad perhaps, as a debut venture could ever have been) and Bachna Ae Haseeno rated fair at the BO, possibly only for having cast the then much talked of Ranbir-Deepika duo. 2009 however, has turned tables for the Kapoor lad, and all for the best! Romantic comedy by Karan Johar, Wake Up Sid, has helped raise bars significantly for him, as well as for the young director Ayaan Mukherjee. With a followup in the form of the later megahit, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani opposite Katrina, Ranbir's popularity has shot through the roof, surpassing, as per a certain survey, even the popularity of the formidable Khans! His third and final movie for 2009, Rocketsingh- Salesman of the year, has not marked a hat rick in that sense; nonetheless, for Ranbir, this year has set the much needed firm platform upon which he can only further grow.

Kareena Kapoor - Riding high on Brand Bebo, Kareena has been showered with endorsements this year; not to mention lucrative movie deals that paired her opposite the big-wigs of Bollywood! Ambitious Akshay-starrer Kambaqht Ishq raked in the moola; even if it wasn't a critics favourite, and Mr and Mrs Khanna saw Kareena opposite Salman. However, her best this year - despite attracting controversy for her bare back posters - must have been Kurbaan opposite beau Saif. And Aamir's 3 Idiots can only be a success!

Rani Mukherjee -
Dil Bole Hadippa may not have been a Box Office proclaimed hit, but the unprecedented Punjabi romp provided a much needed platform for 'Queen' to win many hearts all over again with her much awaited comeback!

Abhay Deol - Not one in the list of typical commercial heroes, Abhay however, breaking his family legacy, has achieved critical acclaim very early and very surely in his career. He has with all odds and opposition stood firmly beside intelligent cinema. Dev. D, a modern take on the classic Bengali novel Devdas, was embraced wholeheartedly by the media, critics and public alike. We don't get to see him shaking his leg that often but this is one actor we hope to see around. And with Aisha, his next venture opposite the glamorous Sonam Kapoor, a movie inspired by Jane Austen's Emma, we are going to see, yet another shade in the range of character portrayed by Abhay Deol.

Vivek Oberoi -
2009 seems to be a year of comebacks! After Rani it was Vivek's turn to shine and prove why he deserves his place in B-Town. With his role in Kurbaan being much appreciated and the trailers of his 2010 release Prince already circulating, we hope that this actor is back for good.

Neil Nitin Mukesh - Niel has remained consistent in terms of performance and deliverance to all roles he has so far portrayed. With both commercial and critical acclaim for New York and significant praise for Jail, 2009 has been a picture of bright colors only! And although his insistence on serious, meaningful drama alone, has put him firmly on the B-Town map, one could expect that he would sooner in future indulgeinto a greater variety of roles, and prove versatility.

Akshay Kumar -
Chandni Chowk To China was a terrible showdown at BO, taking some as far as to have predicted that Akki's career may very well be on the consistent decline hereon. Tasveer proved to be a blink and miss film. There was, then, the infamous zipper case at the Lakme India Fashion Week that caused a stir amongst protesters. Kambhaqht Ishq and De Dhana Dhan, although nothing major in ratings, or acclaim, have definitely outdone the earlier failures of the year. And what must have come as tremendous relief to his ailing career chart, was Blue! With much ado over his extreme stunt and risk undertaking, the movie although not a clean sweep, was well received by the audience in plenty and has since uplifted his hope. 2010, a new beginning, looks promising with Akshay signed on for Farah Khan's next.

Shiney Ahuja -
Thy name, shall say it all!

And now we hand it over to our readers....Who else, in your opinion, had a great 2009?

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Posted on: 06 January 2010 at 9:35pm
Hope the stars will give some hits this year to make it a great one for us also

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Posted on: 04 January 2010 at 1:07am
John Abraham, Shahid Kapoor missing , this list is totally stupid with no sense with its topic heading .. we are talking about stars who had a GREAT year ,,,

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 11:06pm
A bad year for Kareena definitely.2 flops with Kambakkht and Kurbaan.Luckily a small role in 3 idiots cant give her credit for a successful year.

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Posted on: 02 January 2010 at 7:19pm
not interesting list.. it should have been aamir, priyanka, ranbir, salman, kareena, shahid kapoor, neil, abhay and then may be katriena and others.. love rani a lot but it was not her year for sure..

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Posted on: 31 December 2009 at 10:09pm
katrina???????seriously??????she is worst actress ever in bollywood......aur waise bhi new york mein sirf john ki acting damdaar thi.........katrina was avoidable..koi bhi eeera -gera aisa role kar sakta.....our bollywood is full of great indian actresses,we do not need a british trying to speak hindi without expressions.hindi is such a expressionful language & this kat makes mockery of it.....arrey!!!!!!!!!!jab hindi nahi aati toh hollywood kyun nahi chali jati.......???????jabardasti hindi seekh kar bollywood mein kyun tikna chahati hai???????...

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Posted on: 31 December 2009 at 12:28pm
huh where is my shahid

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Posted on: 31 December 2009 at 9:02am
where's amir n shahid??!!@ PhoeniXof_Hades: you took the words right out of me... kat gave good in new york but yes ppl like konkona ahve been consistant form the first day...

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Posted on: 31 December 2009 at 12:14am
All rubbish & nonsence list...not complete....missing apparently or purposefully certain names.....wonder how forget SHAHID ,Aamir, Salman [after a long time hit as 'Wanted'].....Shahid has Kaminey & DBH.....Aamir's Gajjini & Three idiots.....without mentioning all these list can't be complete......why shiny in the list?

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Posted on: 31 December 2009 at 12:00am
helloooooooo AAMIR KHAN???

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Posted on: 30 December 2009 at 9:42pm
What about Aamir, Ranbir and Shahid??

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