13 Bollywood actors who deserve a second chance

Call it a bad choice of scripts or pressure, these actors might not be the “experts”, but we might’ve counted them out too early.

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Sustaining in Bollywood is no easy business. Actors need to reinvent themselves constantly, in order to remain relevant in the audience as well as critics' eyes.


This list features the actors who had a somber beginning, made a huge impact in showcasing their potential but somewhere somehow things took a turn for the worse. Call it a bad choice of scripts or pressure, these actors might not be the "experts", but we might've counted them out too early. So, here is the list of 13 Bollywood actors who deserve a second chance.

Neil Nitin Mukesh

After starting out with a bang, debuting in acclaimed director Sriram Raghavan's ‘Johnny Gaddaar' (2007), Neil Nitin Mukesh caught the attention of industry veterans, which also earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. The critics also described him as "completely natural" and as "the youngster carries off the part with dexterity. He went on to impress audiences and critics with his performances in movies like ‘New York,' ‘Lafangey Parindey', ‘Sat Khoon Maaf,' ‘David'. Things went downhill after his terrible choice of movies like ‘Players' and the "Salman Khan starrer" ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.' His last best act was as the evil, sinister and sadistic character in Bejoy Nambiar's thriller ‘Wazir' which was anything but average.

Abhay Deol


Recognized for his epic role in ‘Dev D', Abhay Deol is a marvelous actor. He is another of those actors who has not achieved the kind of recognition he deserved like most of his contemporaries. The reason could be attributed to the kind of roles he plays and the low profile he maintains. Perhaps the media houses like to write about those who fight in parties or have countless affairs.

Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan is the unfortunate actor on this list. Bachchan has been the face of mockery and ridicule even when he gave some of the finest performances. Stopped in his father's shadow, the actor was hired by Mani Ratnam as the villainous Lallan Singh in ‘Yuva' (2004) and the iconic entrepreneur ‘Guru' (2007) and proved his acting prowess. He has also deftly ventured into action flicks with ‘Dhoom' (2004). His other critically commendable films include ‘Sarkar' (2005), ‘Bluffmaster!' (2005) and ‘Delhi-6' (2009). The actor is no genius but is not a "bad" actor in any sense. He deserves another chance.

Akshaye Khanna

Son of the legendary actor Vinod Khanna, Akshay has been a silent player in all movies in his career despite being a talented actor. He is known for his expressive eyes and unusually gripping acting style. Acclaimed for his performance in ‘Gandhi, My Father', ‘Dil Chahta Hai' and others, he is still not rated among the top-notch actors in the industry. The actor has become highly selective in his roles.

Rahul Bose

Had Rahul Bose been a Hollywood actor, he'd have won one of the top awards of that industry. A famous screenplay writer, actor, director and social activist, Rahul Bose is another actor in the Hindi Film industry who is greatly underrated. Despite having delivered striking performances in a number of movies, he is not termed as a superstar - which he actually is. His choice of movies and style of acting make him more eligible for Hollywood cinema.

Chitrangada Singh

Chitrangada made an outstanding debut with Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005) alongside Sonu Sood. Following it up with movies like ‘Sorry Bhai!' (2008) and ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi' (2011), she proved her mettle by taking up a daring character in ‘Inkaar' (2013). Possessing the potential of acing the lead roles, Singh deserves another chance which is not just limited to a 5-10 minutes appearance or a song, the latest example being ‘Baazaar.'

Prachi Desai

A television sensation, Prachi started out in Bollywood by playing the understanding wife in ‘Rock On!!' (2008). She played a key role opposite Emraan Hashmi in the Indian gangster film ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai' (2010). And over the course of eight years, the actress has just done ten films, most of which are forgettable. The issue being the script of the film and not the actor's performance.

Aditya Roy Kapur

Aditya Roy Kapur is someone who can pull off rustic and classy with equal panache. And we have all seen it come to life in his supporting roles in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Action Replayy, and Guzarish. He also broke a lot of hearts as a charming singer in the heartwrenching film Aashiqui 2. Although the movie flopped, Kapur stood his own in Fitoor But... his latest choice of films seem to direct his career in the downward direction - (See: Daawat-e-Ishq, OK Jaanu). Because he was never stereotyped into a particular kind, it has become difficult for the audience to understand where he belongs. And after what seemed to be a self-imposed sabbatical, Aditya will now be seen as one of the many leads in Karan Johar's Kalank which also stars Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan in pivotal roles.

Kunal Kapoor

Starting off with Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities, Kunal proved that he has got the potential to make it big. But after his first successful stint, Rang De Basanti, he signed a three-film contract with YRF studio and appeared in films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Aaja Nachle, and Bachna Ae Haseeno, all critically weak. After this, Kapoor took a break for two years and appeared next in Lamhaa, Don 2 and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (which he co-wrote). Kapoor received accolades for his performance in all the three films, especially the latter, as The New York Times called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McConaughey He was recently seen in Veeram (for which he won 2 awards - Special Jury & Outstanding Performance) and also the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold.'

Imran Khan

It's a misapprehension that being related to a big star in Bollywood works in your favor, and Imran Khan couldn't agree more. The actor made girls go weak in their knees as a lovable goof in ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na' (2008) and followed it up with the completely opposite maniac in kidnapper in ‘Kidnap' (2008). However, his splendid performances have come in the form of black comedies like ‘Delhi Belly' (2011) and ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola' (2013). He gave another shot at romance, with Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu but despite his commendable performance, he couldn't get any better films except for the forgetful ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' (2013) and ‘Katti Batti' (2015).

Jimmy Shergill

How can directors not hire Jimmy Shergill? The actor had a sensational outing with ‘Maachis', which dealt with the Khalistan movement. Initially, the actor got the opportunity to star alongside industry veterans like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Sanjay Dutt. His films like ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai', ‘Haasil', ‘Yahaan', ‘A Wednesday', ‘Tanu Weds Manu', Tanu Weds Manu Returns', ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster' franchise, ‘Special 26,' ‘Happy Bhag Jahegi,' has been adored by cinema critics and enthusiasts. The actor has slowly faded away, and need to be back to the big screen in more than just supporting roles.

Vivek Oberoi

It's more than okay to say that Oberoi made the worst decision when he starred in the adult comedy ‘Masti' (2004). Well, although the movie was critically acclaimed, it stunted his career as an actor. The actor had a brilliant debut year with ‘Company', ‘Road' and ‘Saathiya', all releasing in 2002. He has been handpicked by some directorial stalwarts like Mani Ratnam, Subhash Ghai, Vishal Bhardwaj and Sujoy Ghosh. However, for the past six years, the actor has not had a noteworthy performance. And to make it worse, he did some forgettable ones like ‘Grand Masti' and ‘Great Grand Masti' and oh, who could forget -‘Krrish 3?' He surely needs a good script!

Rajiv Khandelwal

The actor was supposed to be a poster boy of transitioning from the silver screen to the big screen. The actor started out brilliantly with the critically acclaimed ‘Aamir' The actor isn't having a bad run per se, but is alarming unnoticed by the audience. ‘Shaitan' (2011) and ‘Table No. 21' (2013) are such examples. ‘Peter Gaya Kaam Se' (2014) did not even get a theatrical release. The actor deserves the spotlight.

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