You loved them, wanted to meet them, and even be like them. Yes, we’re talking about celebrity crushes heartthrobs of yesteryear who sent millions of fans wild. So how have they changed over the years?
Shah Rukh Khan
After a successful stint on the small screen, Shah Rukh Khan made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with “Deewana”. However, it was his turn as an anti-hero in hit 1993 film “Baazigar” that catapulted SRK into stardom.
Shah Rukh Khan went on to become the ultimate romantic hero starring in films like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. He also made a mark with “Raees”. His last film was “Zero”.
Aamir began his film career with the box-office turkey “Holi” (1984). But all that changed when on April 29, 1988, Mansoor Khan’s romantic drama “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” hit the screens. Aamir Khan became the nation’s teenage heartthrob, and there has been no looking back since then.
This diminutive yet definitive Khan has always been a treat on screen. He has redefined the norms as an actor, director, producer and host. Aamir is remembered for his role in “Dangal” even today. His last film was “Thugs Of Hindostaan”.
It was his turn as lovelorn Prem in Sooraj R Barjatiya’s romantic drama “Maine Pyar Kiya” (1989) that catapulted Salman Khan to stardom and heartthrob status.
In spite of a dozen erratic career moves in the earlier stages of his career, Salman Khan, who reinvented himself in the last decade, has become the mightiest force at the domestic B.O. Salman’s last film was “Bharat’ and will now be seen as Chulbul Pandey in “Dabangg 3”
Madhuri Dixit, regarded widely as one of Bollywood’s best superstar-actresses, held sway over the audience and box-office in the 90s. She broke many-a-heart when she quit Bollywood in 1999.
Her comeback movie “Aaja Nachle”, in 2007, was a half-hearted attempt, and fell flat at the B.O. In 2014, Madhuri Dixit revived her career with author-backed roles in films like “Dedh Ishqiya” and “Gulaab Gang”. She was last seen in “Kalank”.
Urmila Matondkar started her career as a child artiste. The ‘Maasom’iyat soon gave way to ‘Mast’i, and Urmila started ruling teen hearts with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Rangeela”. Bollywood’s hottest Oomph girl of the 1990s, Urmila has also acted in many regional movies.
In 2008, she tried to make a comeback of sorts, with “Karzzzz” and “EMI”, but failed to make an impact at the B.O. Urmila had a short stint in politics when she contested from North Mumbai in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The actress lost the elections and eventually left politics.
Raveena Tandon was arguably the “Mast Cheez” among the Bollywood sirens of the 1990s. She made her mark in both commercial and art-house movies.
In 2011, the ravishing Raveena, who has made an impressive comeback with the AB-starrer, “Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap”. She can be seen on TV as reality shows’ judge.
Karisma Kapoor holds the distinction of being the first female superstar of the Kapoor Khaandaan. After a false start with “Prem Qaidi” in 1991, Karisma decided to go all out and redefine charm on Bollywood screens.
Post her marriage in 2003, Karisma took a sabbatical from work. In 2012, Karisma Kapoor made her comeback with supernatural thriller “Dangerous Ishhq”. She failed to make an impact. Karisma will soon make her debut in digital space.