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Are heroines successful after having babies?

September 24, 2020 09:32 IST

Photograph: Kind courtesy Anushka Sharma/Instagram

Motherhood, these days, don't affect the careers of Bollywood's leading ladies.

Perhaps, they never did.

After all, actresses like Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia and Jaya Bachchan have had a fruitful career after having children.

With Kareena Kapoor pregnant with her second child, and Anushka Sharma with her first, Joginder Tuteja looks at the careers of the newer generation of mums over the years.

 

Kareena Kapoor Khan
Hits: Veere Di Wedding, Good Newwz
Flops: Angrezi Medium
To be released: Laal Singh Chaddha

IMAGE: Kareena Kapoor Khan in Veere Di Wedding.

Kareena Kapoor Khan remains at the top of her game, even after giving birth to Taimur.

In fact, her brand value has consistently been on the rise with last year's Rs 200 crore club blockbuster Good Newwz where, incidentally, she played a mom-to-be.

It looks like the Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha, which will release after she has her second baby, will add to her blockbuster list.

 

Rani Mukerji
Hits: Hichki, Mardaani 2
To be released: Bunty Aur Babli 2

IMAGE: Rani Mukerji in Mardaani 2.

Rani Mukerji returned to the movies after tdaughter Adira's birth and has enjoyed a 100 percent success rate, thanks to Hichki and Mardaani 2.

Her upcoming release Bunty Aur Babli 2 is also backed by husband Aditya Chopra's Yash Raj Films, like her earlier movies.

 

Kajol
Hits: Fanaa, My Name Is Khan, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Flops: U Me aur Hum, We Are Family, Toonpur Ka Superhero, Helicopter Eela
Average: Dilwale

IMAGE: Kajol in Fanaa.

Among mums who are still active in Bollywood, Kajol has done the maximum films.

The gorgeous mother of teenager Nysa and 10-year-old Yug has seen hits and disappointments since, even as her performances in films like My Name Is Khan and Fanaa have been notable.

Earlier this year, she enjoyed her career's biggest blockbuster, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Hit: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Flops: Fanney Khan, Sarbjit
Average: Jazbaa

IMAGE: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took a four-year sabbatical after having Aaradhya, and returned with Jazbaa.

She had an author-backed role in the film but it fared average at the box office.

Though Sarbjit flopped and her presence in Fanney Khan went unnoticed, Aishwarya showed made an impression even in a smaller part with Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

 

Madhuri Dixit
Hits: Jhalak Dikhla Ja, Bucket List, Total Dhamaal
Flops: Aaja Nachle, Dedh Ishqiya, Gulaab Gang, Kalank

IMAGE: Madhuri Dixit in Bucket List.

Even though Madhuri Dixit was among the top stars in her time, her comeback -- after having sons Arin and Ryan -- wasn't well received.

After Aaja Nachle, Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang were critically acclaimed, but flopped.

It was her hosting skills in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa that worked, followed by the comedy Total Dhamaal.

 

Shilpa Shetty
To be released: Hungama 2, Nikamma

IMAGE: Meezan, Parnitha Subhash, Paresh Rawan and Shilpa Shetty in Hungama 2.

Shilpa Shetty has stayed off films for a long time, but she has been busy as a host across various television shows.

This year was meant to be special for her, as she had films lined up for release, Hungama 2 and Nikamma.

While the former is a comedy by Priyadarshan, the latter has Heropanti Director Sabbir Khan as director.

Her comeback has now been shifted to 2021.

 

Neha Dhupia
Hits: #NoFilterNeha, BFFs With Vogue

Photograph: Kind courtesy Neha Dhupia/Instagram

Neha Dhupia's wedding and baby -- the cute Mehr -- seemed quite sudden, but the actress restructured her career well and is now known for the shows she hosts.

Neha has made a name for herself with talks shows like #NoFilterNeha and BFFs With Vogue, both of which have found an audience.

 

Konkona Sen Sharma
Hits: Talvar, Lipstick Under My Burkha
Flops: Gour Hari Dastaan, Akira
Average: Ek Thi Daayan
Just released: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

IMAGE: Konkona Sen Sharma in Lipstick Under My Burkha.

For a major part of her career, Konkona Sen Sharma has worked on parallel films and after the birth of her son Haroon, there has't been a change.

She has been a part of hit films like Talvar and Lipstick Under My Burkha, and recently, impressed everyone once again with Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare.

She has also debuted as a director with the lovely A Death in the Gunj.

 

Raveena Tandon
Flops: Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap, Maatr, Shab
To be released: KGF: Chapter 2

IMAGE: Ashish Bisht and Raveena Tandon in Shab.

After the birth of her children Ranvir and Rasha, Raveena Tandon took a long break from films.

She returned with a cameo in Amitabh Bachchan's Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap, but it went totally unnoticed.

Her offbeat affairs Maatr and Shab didn't even get a proper release.

This year could have been a turning point for her as she would have been seen in the eagerly awaited KGF: Chapter 2. That has been shifted to 2021.

JOGINDER TUTEJA