In this age of Bollywood stars, Govinda, 50, acted in a movie last year called Naughty @ 40. He was not nominated for any awards. A year before that Priyanka Chopra, then 28, played a college hottie in Pyaar Impossible. Audiences stayed away and critics rolled their eyes.
Long ago on the Drift, we cataloged the age of Bollywood stars. That post badly needs updating. For one, all the actors have grown older! But some have fallen off the list - mostly because they acted in one flop too many or in the case of women, because they got married. Some hot new stars (Prateik Babbar, Sonakshi Sinha) have been added to the list. Some new success stories (Randeep Hooda, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kajal Agarwal, Ileana D'cruz, Yami Gautam) were penciled in. There have been some comebacks (Sridevi). I added important actors I overlooked in the last round (Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Irrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Kalki Koechlin). For good measure and for no particular reason, I threw in names like Sunny Leone and Esha Gupta.
I restricted this list to actors who have played the lead in at least one major recent production and had some measure of fame. I racked my brain to think of as many as I could to include on this list. I may have missed some - feel free to pull me up for that.
FIRST, THE MEN
NEXT, THE WOMEN