Bollywood 2004 - Shah Rukh the King Khan
Subhash K. Jha, 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 in the actor category.
Shah Rukh Khan
His supreme place at the top remained undisputed. In the first half of the year, SRK had his home production "Main Hoon Na
" conquering the box office. During the second half he had Yash Chopra designing the seemingly perfect love legend "Veer-Zara
". Though it wasn't quite the success it was expected to be, SRK's box office standing remains unchallenged.
At the end of the year, a third film - "Swades
" - released. Its performance would prove whether SRK is acceptable to the audience in a different, more accessible avatar than the eye candy heroes he generally plays.
In 2005, Shah Rukh will be seen in only one film - friend Karan Johar's next.
He appeared in eight films. From pivotal parts in "Khakee
" and "Deewaar
" to cameos in "Lakshya
" and "Veer Zaara
", the Big B remained big in every part, no matter what its size.
The new year will begin for India's longest-lasting superstar with a knock-out performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Black", arguably his best ever. Later during the year we'll see him play a law unto himself in Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar".
The show just goes on and on for AB.
It was a decisive 2004 for the junior Bachchan.
He featured in the smash success "Dhoom
", as well as the highly rated "Phir Milenge
", which released on the same day. Abhishek's performance in Mani Rathnam's "Yuva
" is expected to win him all the popular awards for best actor in a negative role (other nominees in the evil category would be Kareena Kapoor in "Fida", Priyanka Chopra in "Aitraaz" and Sanjay Dutt in "Musafir"). And at year-end there was Ram Gopal Varma giving Abhishek's on-screen persona that corkscrew-twist in "Naach
". Phew! Talk about variety being the spice of celluloid life.
Ajay Devgan had a relatively quiet 2004. The year started on a rocking note for Akshay with a much-lauded comic performance in "Khakee
". Later, after two khaki-clad duds "Aan: Men At Work
" and "Police Force
", Akshay bounced back with a terrific satirical turn in "Mujhse Shaadi Karoge
". The year ended with a bang for the new-age Dharmendra when Abaas-Mustan's "Aitraaz
", where Akshay playing a victim of female sexual harassment, proved a winner.