The word summer is synonymous with scorching heat, straw hats and stylish glares. Gorgeous summer dresses in pleasant colours, cool drinks with drops gliding down the glasses and the sun dazzling his best smile make summers so amazing. This week, BollyCurry celebrates the beauty of summer by presenting to you the tinsel-town stars who debuted with movies that graced the summers.
After working in numerous commercials and some music videos, Amrita Rao
starred in her first Bollywood movie, Ab Ke Baras
, in May 2002. The movie went almost unnoticed by everyone. Later on, working with Shahid Kapoor
in his debut, Ishq Vishk
, Amrita came to be known as a rising star. She played consistent roles in Masti
, Main Hoon Na
and others. Her life changing moment came along with the success of the movieVivah
, which proved to be a blockbuster. Despite the prospects of a shining future, Amrita is missing in the present scenario with barely an appearance here or there. Shahid Kapoor
For someone who spent his early life in advertisements, music videos and as a background dancer in movies, Kapoor proved his mesh with bigger challenges and with effortless ease. However, his career has been one characterized by umpteen ups and downs. After an initial struggle, he kicked off with Ishq Vishk
and became a star overnight. However, his next movies such as Fida
and Dil Maange More
brought home only disappointment, but things changed when Kapoor received critical appreciation in Shikhar.
His next turning point came through with Vivah
, which was one of the highest grossing movies of that time. In 2007, Jab We Met
created new dimensions of success for the actor. Since then, he has worked in a number of movies without much success. Phata Poster Nikla Hero
opposite Ileana D'Cruz, and Rambo Rajkumar
opposite Sonakshi Sinha, are his next movies that are expected to bring back his summer success. Kareena Kapoor Khan
A part of the film-rooted Kapoor family, it would've been surprising had Kareena Kapoor
stayed away from the world of cinema. She started off with Refugee
in June 2000 and though the movie did not gather much success, the actress managed to get noticed and was appreciated for her acting. Right from the first movie, Kareena has been seen as an actress with a storehouse for acting. She has movies such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
, Jab We Met
, 3 Idiots
and many critics and popular awards in her kitty. Now happily married to Saif Ali Khan, summer launches have always worked in her favour. Imran Khan
Having worked as a child artist in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
and Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar, Imran Khan
made his official debut with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.
With chocolatey looks, innocent eyes and a calm demeanour, he was here to stay and conquer. His next two movies didn't do well, but then onwards he has earned himself a reputation as a versatile actor. I Hate Luv Storys
, Delhi Belly
, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
fall under this category. He was last seen in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola
, which proved his mettle as an actor. His next release, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again
opposite Sonakshi Sinha, is being anxiously anticipated by fans. Karisma Kapoor
Karisma made her debut at a young age of seventeen with Prem Qaidi
in June 1991. Her subsequent movies were a success at the Box Office, namely Jigar
(1994) and many more. She won critical acclaim for movies such as Raja Hindustani
, Dil To Pagal Hai
She is considered an actress with a multiple talents, be it acting or dancing. She was last seen in the movieDangerous Ishhq
, which failed to make an impact, and has also lent her voice forBodyguard.Abhishek Bachchan
Jr. Bachchan starred for the first time in Refugee
(2000) and garnered positive reviews from all. He acted in various movies, but he was praised for his work in movies like Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
. His first commercial hit was Dhoom
in which he starred alongside John Abraham and Uday Chopra. He later continued to streak success at the box-office with movies like Bunty aur Babli
, Dhoom 2
The actor was last seen in Bol Bachchan
which won him a bag full of awards. Right now he is eagerly awaiting his next release, Dhoom 3.Vidya Balan
Despite being a vital part of the sitcom Hum Paanch
, Vidya acted in advertisements and music videos in the initial stages. Her debut with the movie Parineeta
opposite Saif Ali Khan turned the tables and she landed the role of an RJ in Lage Raho Munna Bhai
opposite Sanjay Dutt. Her next few movies did not garner much appeal but she continued her tirade and was rewarded with the success of five consecutive movies: Paa
(2010), No One Killed Jessica
(2011), The Dirty Picture
(2011) and Kahaani
(2012). Her summer success can only be known with the tag of "female hero" attached to her. Dhanush
Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, or Dhanush
as he is fondly known, is a superstar from the southern cinema and gained worldwide recognition through his song "Why This Kolaveri Di". His career in Tamil movies has been praiseworthy with numerous awards in his name that depict his excellence. Recently, he made his debut in Bollywood through Raanjhanaa
, playing a Hindu guy who's head over heels in love with a Muslim girl. It wasn't a big success in terms of numbers, but Dhanush
and his acting have been the main attraction of the movie. Perhaps a summer debut could do wonders for him in Bollywood over the time?
Last but not the least, here comes one of Bollywood's best onscreen couple.
Post her debut movie Bekhudi
in July 1992, Kajol's career kicked off with Baazigar
opposite Shah Rukh Khan
. Her success was noted owing to movies such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
She received critical appreciation for movies like Gupt
, U Me aur Hum
and My Name is Khan
. Her comeback in 2006 with Fanaa
opposite Aamir Khan was welcomed with much applause. Throughout her career, she has managed to establish herself as one of the most successful actresses in town.Shah Rukh Khan
Khan started his career with television serials Fauji and Circus. His big break came through the movie Deewana in 1992 which was a hit at the box-office. He then moved on with small and careful steps until Darr and Baazigar came along. Breaking through the trend, he received tremendous appreciation for his work. After that, there was no stopping him as he continued to climbed the ladder of success. His next two blockbusters, Karan Arjun and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge are still legends till date. The list of his successful movies, commercially or critically, is a long one. He was last seen in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Chopra's swan song, and is now being awaited to be seen in Chennai Express, an action love story. Summer debut couldn't have been luckier for anyone more than SRK, the King of Bollywood. BollyCurry leaves you all to contemplate and put in your views and premonitions on how favorable summer has been to all. Until then, please enjoy the season with lots of cool drinks and BollyCurry tadka to go with it. Writer: Pooja B. & Saraa K.
Editors: Tia V. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Saraa K.