Bollywood 2004 - Rani Mukherjee is No.1
IANS Dec 21 [ Tue, Dec 21, 2004 ]
Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS): The one constant law applicable to Bollywood is that equations at the top never change.
And so it was in 2004.
If Shah Rukh Khan ruled the roost among the men, Rani Mukherjee was the queen among the leading ladies.
Here's a rundown of the top five actress
Though neither glamorous nor a star in the true sense, Rani exudes a next-door warmth which has taken her to the top of the heap this year. Her solo turn in "Hum Tum
" and her strong supporting role in Veer-Zaara
have proved her versatility and power to renew herself. Her proximity to all those banners that matter (Karan Johar, Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali....you name it) will ensure a fruitful future for Rani. The new year will start with her best performance to date in Sanjay Bhansali's "Black". Things can only get better for the Rani of the marquee.
Though she fared badly with the eagerly awaited "Lakshya
" and the Salman Khan dud "Dil Ne Jissey Apna Kahaa
", after "Veer-Zaara
", Preity is now the consummate Yash Chopra heroine. That automatically adds inches to her stardom. Preity is choosing carefully. With her positive attitude to her career she's bound to go places. On the anvil are projects with Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra.
Designated the flop queen, Kareena gave sterling performances all through the year in Sudhir Mishra's Chameli
, Mani Rathnam's "Yuva
", Govind Nihalani's "Dev
" and Ken Ghosh's Fida
. At year-end, she sprang two back-to-back hits - "Aitraaz
" and "Hulchul
" - on the sceptics who said she didn't deserve the huge pay check she commanded. The new year has Dharamesh Darshan's "Bewafaa", Priyadarshan's "Rahen Na Rahen Hum" and Satish Kaushik's "Milenge Milenge" to light up the fire.
This year she fell from grace with two flops "Khakee
" and "Kyun...Ho Gaya Na
". The Hindi version of Gurinder Chadha's "Bride & Prejudice
" was also a downer. But at the end of the day, Aishwarya Rai remains Aishwarya Rai. India's only brand ambassador to Hollywood, her performance in Rituparno Ghosh's "Raincoat
" is being raved about. In 2005, Ash has Leena Bajaj's intriguing "Shabd" to start off the year.
Who would believe just a year ago Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta were being seen as prime contenders for a place on the glamour throne? Why, just a few months ago, everyone wrote Priyanka off when Rajiv Rai's "Asambhav
" somersaulted at the box office. Then came David Dhawan's "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
" and now "Aitraaz
", her second hit in a row with Akshay Kumar, where she's swept the show with her seductive siren's act. Suddenly Priyanka Chopra has done what Mallika Sherawat couldn't. She's sexy successful and coveted by mainstream filmmakers.
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