33 Actresses who made their Bollywood debut with a Khan movie
Bhagyashree – the first heroine of Salman Khan
Let me start the list with cute Bhagyashree who stormed into Bollywood with blockbuster Meine Pyar Kiya in 1989. The movie also marked the debut of Salman Khan in a hero role, and made him a star overnight. However Bhagyashree couldn’t retain her success in Bollywood, and marked as ‘One-hit wonder’.
Same was the case of less-known actress Chandini who made her Bollywood debut with the film, Sanam Bewafa opposite Salman Khan and south Indian actress Revathy in Love both in the year 1991. Sheeba Akashdeep played the female lead of Salman Khan’s flop film – Suryavanshi (1992), and I am a bit doubtful if it was her debut movie or not. Any reader if know the correct details, please leave a reply.
Salman’s heroines of early 1990s who got that big break to Bollywood
Aamir has not worked with any debut heroine when he had a chocolate image onscreen
As per Wikipedia sources, Aamir has not worked with any heroines in a debut movie in the 1980s or 1990s. He got opportunity to be paired with a debut heroine for the first time in Oscar Awards nominated film – Lagaan in 2001, where Gracy Singh played his female lead. However many leading actresses of Bollywood like Juhi Chawla, Ayesha Jhulka and Pooja Bhatt got their big breaks through the romantic films opposite Aamir Khan –Khayamat Se Khayamat Tak, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahin respectively.
Later he shared screen space with Alice Patten for 2006 mega hit film Rang De Basanti, Asin Thottumkal for Ghajini (2008) and Monica Dogra for Dhobi Ghat (2011). So among the three Khans, less actresses have started their Bollywood career with an Aamir Khan movie.
Heroines who debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the 1990s
Actresses who started their career in a Salman movie in the 2000s couldn’t make it big
Salman tried to launch many heroines to Bollywood in the 2000s. But those films resulted in loss. Soon after his breakup with Aishwarya Rai, he launched Aishwarya’s look alike – Sheha Ullal through the film – Lucky: No Time For Love and the movie was a flop. After his breakup with Katrina Kaif, he launched her look alike – Zarine Khan through the movie – Veer. This much anticipated movie too failed to reach expectations of audience. Both the ladies struggled in Bollywood later. However Zarina was able to achieve success in Bollywood many years later.
However in 2003, when Tamil blockbuster Tere Naam was made to Hindi, south Indian heroine Bhoomika Chawla was paired with Salman. The movie also marked the resurgence of the actor after so many flops in a row. Despite getting a big break to Bollywood through her debut film, Bhoomika too couldn’t survive too long in Bollywood. Another exception is Sonam Kapoor, who played lead heroine in the love triangle –Saawariya (2007). Though the movie was a huge flop, she has come a long way since then after a few years of initial struggle.
Salman’s debut heroines in the 2010s became successful
Deepika Padukone – the most successful among SRK debut heroines
If Preity Zinta is one big name among his leading ladies of 1990s and the first half of first decade of 2000s, Deepika Padukone is the most successful name in the new millennium. Deepika, after doing a few music videos and ads, got her big break to Bollywood through Om Shanti Om (2007), a story inspired from old classic hit – Madhubala, and since then she never looked back. Apart from being named as the most successful heroine of Bollywood, this diva has shared screen space with Khan multiple times, and has been successful always.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi actress Anushka Sharma is the second name among Shah Rukh Khan’s debut actresses who gained success and popularity in Bollywood. The most recent names added to the list include actresses – Mahira Khan in his upcoming release – Raees, and Waluscha de Sousa and Shriya Pilgaonkar from his most recent release – Fan (2016). Though SRK is often criticized for pairing with heroines much younger to him, he has always received good response from audience for the romantic roles he played onscreen. His pairing with much younger Alia Bhatt for Dear Zindagi is really adorable onscreen, though he played a mid-aged character.
Shah Rukh Khan played the role of a scientist in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s highly appreciated film Swades in 2004. Gayatri Joshi, who has appeared in a several TV ads played his female lead of a school teacher in this film. It’s her single Bollywood release, and later she got settled with her married life. In 2001 periodic film Asoka, Hrishita Bhatt marked her Bollywood debut playing Shah Rukh’s wife. The movie was a flop and Hrishita’s career too didn’t survive.
The Fourth Khan of Bollywood
There is one more successful Khan in Bollywood in mainstream roles – Saif Ali Khan. Many actresses have debut opposite him, and some of them went on to become big stars of Bollywood. Do you want to know who are they?
Saif was paired with Mamta Kulkarni for 1993 film Aashiq Awara which was a box office hit. Mamta later worked with many leading stars in the 1990s. Giselli Monteiro played the second lead in 2009 box office hit – Love Aaj Kal, and Diana Penty played second lead in 2012 hit film Cocktail. In both these movies, Deepika Padukone played his female lead.
Vidya Balan is most successful among all, who marked her Hindi debut through Parineeta. The movie was a big hit at box office, and now Vidya Balan is regarded as the most powerful female star of Bollywood. Diya Mirza made her film debut through the musical – Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. Though the movie flopped at box office, it achieved cult classic status among youth. Also read: 5 Actresses who debut opposite Saif Ali Khan.
Heroines opposite Khan – in a capsule
- Opposite Shah Rukh Khan – Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone, Mahima Choudhary, Anushka Sharma, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Gayatri Joshi, Hrishika Bhatt, Waluscha de Sousa, Mahira Khan and Shriya Pilgaonkar
- Opposite Aamir Khan – Gracy Singh, Asin Thottumkal, Alice Patten, Monica Dogra
- Opposite Salman Khan – Bhagya Shree, Raveena Tandon, Nagma, Sheeba Akashdeep, Chandini, Revathi, Ayesha Jhulka, Bhumika Chawla, Sneha Ullal, Zarina Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Daisy Shah
- Opposite Saif Ali Khan – Diya Mirza, Mamta Kulkarni, Vidya Balan, Giselli Monteiro and Diana Penty
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