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ACT TWO.

Aslew of Bollywood veterans are returning with notable roles after forgettable outings

AN ACTOR may fade away from the screen but rarely goes away from the hearts of loyal fans, thus goes the popular belief. The notion gets a re- confirmation each time a popular actor recognised for his or her skill, style or talent makes a comeback on the screen and brings back lost glory.

Blame it on the irony of the fickle ways of showbiz that actors usually come with an expiry date and have struggle with the dreaded ' shelf life'. In Bollywood especially, the affinity for unimaginative characters and dearth of writers trying to create novel characters that may seasoned actors is a major reason seniors vanish from the scene much before they deserve to.

When Tabu made a poignant appearance in Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider , it was a delightful treat the audience waiting for return of the National Award- winning actress.

Known for her understated impactful performances, Tabu played Haider's mother Ghazala, a character that was Bharadwaj's interpretation of Queen Gertrude in William Shakespeare's Hamlet . Coming after her disappointing and cliched appearance role as Salman Khan's didi her last outing, Jai Ho! , Tabu's were relieved to see the actress finally get a role that does justice to her talent. Her role in Haider negated Bollywood's unwritten rule that senior actresses are good enough to just play insignificant supporting roles as mother or sister or bhabhi . Haider was a pleasant departure for fans who wished to see more of her beyond her appearances in Jai Ho! and Lee's Life Of Pi ( where she had a blink- and- miss role as hero Suraj Sharma's mother), megastar of the ' 90s Govinda looks all set to return with a couple of interesting roles in the weeks come.

Govinda, who ruled the screen with his spontaneity and raw appeal, and made a quirky style statement with his yellow pants in his heydays, conspicuously took a back seat the last decade as globalisation made urban cool and trendy fashion the buzzwords Bollywood.

The actor mostly struggled the past decade barring mega success of David Dhavan's Partner , disappointing fans with badly- made duds as Life Partner, Do Knot Disturb, Money Hai Toh Honey Naughty @ 40 and Loot , his only appearance lately a forgettable cameo in Akshay Kumar's Holiday.

return of Govinda and his brand of pant panache in Shaad Ali's Kill Dil therefore created a buzz. He plays the antagonist in the film, mixing his brand of comedy with swagger. Govinda also has Ali Khan's next production Happy Ending , where his trademark dances has already emerged as the highlight of the Next year, he will be seen playing Ranbir Kapoor's father in Jagga Jasoos , has a vital role in the remake of Hero , which introduces Suraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.

out take R Bollywood's affinity for unimaginative characters and dearth of writers trying to create novel characters make seasoned actors vanish much before they deserve to.

REKHA remained the undisputed queen of marquee for long before her talent was reduced to playing Hrithik's mom and grand mom in Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish . Her appearances in duds as Bachke Rehna Re Baba and Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana saddened hardcore fans. If Rekha's recent chirpy appearances on Bigg Boss and Comedy Nights With Kapil is anything to go by, it was clearly her of connecting with the masses. She returns as Sharman Joshi's grand mom in Inder Kumar's Super Nani based on the hit Gujarati play Baa Ae Mari Boundary . Rekha will also play Noor in Abhishek Kapoor's Fitoor , a Bollywood interpretation the coldhearted Miss Havisham in Charles Dicken's Great Expectation . Film who considered Amitabh Bachchan Rekha as the biggest onscreen pair can for some fireworks as R. Balki promises to unite the duo in his upcoming Shamitabh.

KAY KAY MENON LATEST AVATAR: As Khurram in Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider RECENT FILMS: Raja Natwarlal ( 2014), Any Body Can Dance ( 2013), Gulaal ( 2007), Life In A... Metro ( 2007) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: Starting out as a promising TV actor, Kay Kay shot to fame with Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and later in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday . Kay Kay came in the mainstream league by making a strong statement as an unfaithful husband in Life In A... Metro and as a wayward son in Sarkar . He made a presence by deliberately picking small yet influential roles in prominent films over the last decade.

He was applauded as Khurram the slimy politician in an incestuous relationship with his sister- in- law in Haider . In 2015, he will be seen in Neeraj Pandey's Baby and Anuraag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet .

ASHUTOSH RANA LATEST AVATAR: As Alia Bhatt's strict dad in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya RECENT FILMS: Desi Kattey ( 2014), Zila Ghaziabad ( 2013), Ata Pata Laapata ( 2012), Kismet Love Paisa Dilli ( 2012) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: In the late ' 90s, Rana emerged as one of Bollywood's most promising villains after his role of a sinister psycho in Dushman and a transgender killer in Sangharsh . With roles becoming more realistic and with heroes taking over negative roles, Rana's brand of loud villainy lost ground over the past decade. He returned to public eye playing the heroine's conservative, strict father in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya. The role was a tribute to Amrish Puri's character in the evergreen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge .

TABU LATEST AVATAR: As Ghazala in Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider RECENT FILMS: Jai Ho ( 2014), Life Of Pi ( 2012), Cheeni Kum ( 2007), The Namesake ( 2007) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: National Award- winning Tabu has been one of the most natural performers, who took her films to another level with her moving portrayal in films such as Vishal Bharadwaj's Maqbool based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth , Madhur Bhandarkar's Chandni Bar and Gulzar's Maachis . The reclusive actress shifted base to Hyderabad and reportedly turned down film offers for long. By effectively narrating the complexity of Ghazala, a woman caught in complex situation, Tabu reconfirmed her importance in Bollywood.

GOVINDA LATEST AVATAR: As the antagonist in Kill Dil and a hyper superstar in Happy Ending , both films set to release in November.

RECENT FILMS: Holiday ( 2014), Loot ( 2011), Naughty @ 40 ( 2011), Raavan ( 2010), Do Knot Disturb ( 2009) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: Many among the' 90s audience associated big- screen entertainment with Govinda's brand of rustic slapstick and quirky dancing. His upcoming outing shows him donning pink pants with elan, as he return as the villain Bhaiyaji in Shaad Ali's Kill Dil . The new generation gets a taste of Govinda- style dancing in song G phaad k in Saif Ali Khan's Happy Ending . He will also be seen in Neeraj Pandey's Baby and Anurag Kashyap's Jagga Jasoos.

JACKIE SHROFF LATEST AVATAR: As the villain Charan Grover in Happy New Year RECENT FILMS: Gang Of Ghosts ( 2014), Dhoom 3 ( 2013), Aurangzeb ( 2013), Shootout At Wadala ( 2013) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: A look at the forgettable roles he has been offered lately would make it seem impossible to believe that Jackie was the ultimate hero of the ' 80s, who would make women go weak on their knees much before the six- pack era. Jaggu dada, as he was popularly known, was a lovable B- town hunk who carried his nonchalant persona of real life onto the screen. Last memorable outing was as the flamboyant Chunni babu in Devdas, after which he appeared in series of forgettable characters.

Playing Aamir's dad in Dhoom 3 and the villain in SRK's Happy New Year has brought him back to the limelight.

REKHA

LATEST AVATAR: Plays a jestful grandmom in Inder Kumar's Super Nani , opening this week RECENT FILMS: Sadiyaan ( 2010), Yatra ( 2007), Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana ( 2006), Bachke Rahna Re Baba ( 2005) WHY FANS WANT HIM BACK: Rekha has remained a Bollywood diva for decades despite some dismal choice of films over the past few years. Ironically, she picked a few disastrous films which left her career graph in the lurch after films such as Raj Kumar Santoshi's Lajja and Rakesh Roshan's Koi Mil Gaya . Known to be a recluse, Rekha showed her uninhibited side when she interacted with the masses on TV shows to promote Super Nani , her new film. She playfully dropped Amitabh Bachchan's name to revive old rumours on Bigg Boss 8 . The legendary onscreen pair is all set to reunite in R. Balki's Shamitabh. Next year, Rekha plays a desi Miss Havesham in Fitoor , a Bollywood interpretation of Charles Dicken's Great Expectations.

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