Gone are the days when a film featuring a “Khan” can guarantee a success at the box office. The audience have become more matured and smart enough to understand which film they would like to spend money on. As I mentioned in my previous articles, content is the “King” in a film and if it features a charming and bold actress, it can give – Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, a run for their money. Let us check out these 5 actresses who have the potential to challenge “Khans of Bollywood” at the box office.
Probably one of the most boldest actresses in Bollywood today, Kangana Ranaut has proven her mettle with earth-shattering performances right from her first film, Gangster. Over the time, she fumbled but has come back with her talent. Winner of 3 National Awards, Kangana Ranaut can take on any role thrown at her, whether it is bubbly and fearless Rani in Queen (2014) (Rs 61 crores), spontaneous Haryanvi Jatt Datto in Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) (Rs 151 crores) or bold and beautiful symbol of resistance to the British Raj as Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika-The Queen Of Jhansi(Rs 88 crores and counting). If Kangana Ranaut collaborates with right director with right script, she can be best person to challenge the Khans
Just one word comes to my mind when I think of Vidya Balan – an epitome of talent. She becomes the captain of the ship in any film she acts in, be it the sexy lass Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture (Rs 82 crores), pregnant lady-turned-into-spy in Kahaani (Rs 60 crores) or a carefree RJ in Tumhari Sulu (Rs 31 crores), the supremely talented just brings life into the film with her electrifying performance.
Deepika Padukone is extremely gorgeous, immensely talented and can set the silver screen on fire with her heart-throbbing performances. If she impressed each and everyone playing the role of simple Bengali girl in Shoojit Sircar’s critically and commercially acclaimed Piku (Rs 80 crores), she can play emotional role with ease in Imtiaz Ali’s critically acclaimed Tamaasha (Rs 69 crores). Deepika has proved her mettle in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historcial drama like Bajirao Mastani (Rs 188 crores) and controversial film Padmaavat. Padmaavat became the first film of Deepika Padukone to touch the milestone of Rs 300 crores and cement her status at the box office.
Coming from a filmy background, Alia Bhatt proved that acting is in her blood. The wooden-expression and criticism faced her first film Student Of The Year helped Alia transform into a carefree and gone-through-abuse girl who wants to set her free from the shackles of the society in Highway (Rs 27 crores). Alia Bhatt surprises with her charming , bubbly and yet powerful character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Among the four main protagonist in Udta Punjab (Rs 60 crores), Alia Bhatt stole the show playing the role of a Biharan who lands herself as a migrant ( though she is state-level hockey player). Watch out for her when she kills the guy responsible for her messy state by continuously venting out her frustration and her interaction with Shahid Kapoor. Last year, Alia Bhatt became the second female actor whose film Raazi stepped in to the 100 crore club. The movie ended its run at Rs 123 crores.
Like Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor has taken the legacy of her family with her memorable performances in films like Chameli,Jab We Met, Omkara, Heroine and Udta Punjab. Kareena Kapoor has consistently given hits like Golmaal 3, Bodyguard, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Ki and Ka. However, she gained popularity when Heroine (Rs 43 crores) and Veere Di Wedding ( Rs 81 crores) became a commercial success.