Originally posted by return_to_hades
We could go on forever with the debate of overrated/underrated. After all it is a matter of personal tastes in the end. While actors should be measured on acting quality, the truth is that theirs is a field where a combination of skills, looks and personality matter.
Most young fans only judge by the looks of the actor and I am afraid had Smita Patil been young and alive today then she wldnt have been liked by the GenX
I am a huge fan of SRK. Many people criticize his acting and typecasting. Despite my adoration for him I will admit that his acting skills are mediocre compared to his contemporaries and he is not that great of a looker. What he lacks in these departments he has made up with his personality, charm, wit and intellect. He knows how to brand and market himself. He knows what appeals to women and masses and conforms to it. His uncanny ability to be in tune with the market he serves makes him completely deserving of the hype he comes with.
I agree mostly but I dont think SRK is mediocre. He is repetitive but so are other actors incld Big B. In Billu SRK is restrained if thats a parameter for good acting. His loyalty to wife and friends is also a winning factor. He can joke abt himself too
The Kapoor sisters - I guess I should have mentioned branding as a factor too. Its what gives a brand an edge over generic. I actually think in their case the hype over their lineage has underrated their mettle as actors. Karishma was a joke in her first movie. Her portrayal of emotions and drama was joke throughout her career. However, she had an uncanny sense of comic timing and the best repotire of expressions ranging from deadpan to screwball for the humor genre. She even did a commendable and surprising job in DTPH where i thought she was the best in the movie. Kareena to has stand out expressions and even did well with drama in Chameli. However, she has let herself be commercially typecast.
Agree and I liked her in Hero no 1 too, she danced very well matching step for step with Govinda. Kareena has lost it she was good in JWM but her focus on looks is affecting her choice of roles.
Ah Ash where do we start. It's hard to say anything against her where people are willing to drop on the floor and kiss the dirt she walks on.
As a child when she first won Miss World, I was completely awestruck by Aishwariya. She was the perfect amalgation of beauty and brains and a shining star for women. Her first few movies were duds, but along with being a looker she has talent too. SLB has managed to get the best range of portrayals out of her.
What makes me abhor Aishwariya is her personality. She is one of those women who would make a good trophy as long as she shuts up. When she speaks she is absolutely totally pretentious, dull, snobbish and just plain full of herself abrasive. She thinks she is so cool making a mark in Hollywood and all that Jazz. Damn woman - even Simon Pegg is bigger and better than you.
I find Aishwarya the MOST overrated actress and befits the title of ice maiden. SHe is beautiful but lacks the warmth. Her expressions and acting skills are woeful. You are right the moment she speaks there are hardly any words and only giggles. I still cant forget the dishonor she did to Indian women by appearing on Oprah's show as a guest and all she did was giggle asininely to every ques. Oprah being courteous didnt remark or else the other talk show hosts wld have had a ball.
I'm not sure if you can classify it as jealousy since I have no qualms flipping over for Lena Headey, Kate Beckinsale or Keira Knightley. Bit if Aishwariya is the yardstick measure for all women and my disdain for her is jealousy then so be it.
If its beauty that has to be used as a yardstick then I wld prefer Madhubala.