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|SALMAN KHAN, AAMIR KHAN and SHAHRUKH KHAN|
Aamir Khan: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan made his highly impressive small screen debut with his TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ highlighting various social issues ranging from honour killing to child abuse, the show not only attracted ordinary viewers but even politicians. Aamir even met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the plight of manual scavengers who engage in cleaning human waste. He had spotlighted the problems of manual scavengers in an episode of the show. Before meeting the Prime Minister, Aamir had also met a parliamentary panel to discuss medical problems plaguing India that were highlighted in one of the episodes of the television show. On the big screen, Aamir’s act as tough cop, Surjan Singh Shekhawat, in his much awaited release TAALASH succeeded in gaining accolades though the film evoked mixed response from reviewers and viewers.
Salman Khan: Sallu again rocked the big screen with his releases like EK THA TIGER and he returned as Chulbul Pandey in DABANGG 2 opposite Sonakshi while speculations over his marriage plans continue. The stylish Bollywood star passed through some tough phases in real life due to health reasons. The actor continued to dodge questions on his marriage. Asked on a TV show about his marriage, he said in his Dabangg style, that it will follow only after Jodhpur and Mumbai courts announce their verdicts on the blackbuck and vehicle mishap cases against him.
Shahrukh Khan: After four long years, SRK finally laughed aloud and danced merrily in Kolkata’s Eden Garden as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final match to win the fifth edition of Indian Premier League. In the world of films, he was seen romancing two lovely ladies, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, in late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s JAB TAK HAI JAAN. Box-office declared the film a ‘hit’ in India and a ‘blockbuster’ overseas. However, Yash Raj Films and independent trade analysts called the film a ‘worldwide blockbuster’.
|RANBIR KAPOOR, AJAY DEVGN and AKSHAY KUMAR|
Ranbir Kapoor: After playing a heart-broken rockstar in Imtiaz Ali’s ROCKSTAR last year, Ranbir captivated his fans by playing the role of a deaf-mute man in BARFI!. The film bagged the nomination as India’s entry at the Oscar in the foreign film category. However, the film finally failed to qualify for the best foreign language film category at the 85th Academy Awards.
Ajay Devgn: After portraying tough cop Inspector Bajirao Singham last year, Ajay was busy tickling the funny bone of the audience with films like BOL BACHCHAN and SON OF SARDAAR. However, in his real life the actor faced some serious moments when he engaged himself in a legal battle with Yash Raj Films over the release of his film SON OF SARDAAR. Ahead of the release, movie buffs witnessed fireworks when Devgn had sent a legal notice to Yash Raj Films and alleged that it was using its strong position in the industry and pressurising exhibitors to promote late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture JAB TAK HAI JAAN over his SON OF SARDAAR.
Akshay Kumar: With five releases this year, Akki was surely one of the kings in B-town in 2012. Akshay made good impact on the box office as his films like HOUSEFULL 2, ROWDY RATHORE, OMG OH MY GOD! gained accolades from his fans besides doing good business this year. His last release of the year, KHILADI 786 is reportedly making impressive business. Coupled with southern beauty Asin, the original Khiladi of Bollywood still has the potential to draw his followers to the theatres. However, his attempts to capture the hearts of India movie buffs as space scientist Agastya in JOKER crashed badly.
|AMITABH BACHCHAN, ARJUN RAMPAL and EMRAAN HASHMI|
Amitabh Bachchan: The same old sounds of the hooter, claps and some moment of excitement were back as Big B hosted the sixth season of popular TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (also called KBC 6).On the silver screen, he was seen making a special appearance in director Gauri Shinde’s ENGLISH VINGLISH. The superstar, however, mesmerised Bengalis along with the rest of the country as he sang Rabindranath Tagore’s creation ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ for director Sujoy Ghosh’s KAHAANI. In his personal life, Bachchan’s health remained the matter of concern as he spent nearly two weeks in a Mumbai hospital and underwent an abdominal surgery.
Arjun Rampal: Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor’s hot scene in Madhur Bhandarkar’s much hyped film HEROINE grabbed too many eye balls this year. The film earned mixed response at the box office but it received negative reviews from film critics. The handsome model turned actor’s other major releases of the year- CHAKRAVYUH and AJAB GAZABB LOVE, stumbled miserably.
Emraan Hashmi: The MURDER actor gained appreciations from his fans and critics for his performance in filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee’s political thriller SHANGHAI this year. However, Hashmi continued his long connection with thrillers with the other two releases in the year- RAAZ 3, JANNAT 2 and RUSH. While, RAAZ 3 and JANNAT 2 drew some crowds towards theatres, his RUSH totally failed.
|HRITHIK ROSHAN, IMRAN KHAN and JOHN ABRAHAM|
Hrithik Roshan: Hrithik gave Bollywood its first major hit of the year as his AGNEEPATH did not fail to thrill and entertain his fans. Released on the Republic Day, it opened with a staggering amount of Rs 23 crores over the weekend. The Hrithik Roshan-Priyanka Chopra starrer remake of the 1990 Bollywood film of the same name made a gigantic collection of around Rs 107 crores at the Box Office in just eleven days since it hit the silver screen on Jan 26.
Imran Khan: After giving ‘boldness’ a new meaning with his performance in DELHI BELLY in 2011, Imran was seen romancing Bollywood beauty Kareena Kapoor onscreen. The romantic comedy EK MAIN AUR EKK TU emerged as a moderate box-office success.
John Abraham: The macho actor turned producer in 2012 and his first production VICKY DONOR became both critically and commercially successful. He then established his own production house, ‘John Abraham Entertainment’. Right before the release of the film, which dealt with the issue of sperm donation and infertility, John had received a proposal from one of his fans who asked him donate his sperms. A married woman, who was reportedly facing complications in conceiving a child, had requested the Bollywood hunk to donate his sperms to her. Besides, a Chandigarh fertility centre had also urged the actor to do the same. Well, it speaks volumes about the popularity of his film. Besides seeing his production venture, John’s fans saw him joining Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh to entertain his fans in HOUSEFULL2.
|SAIF ALI KHAN, SANJAY DUTT and SHAHID KAPOOR|
Saif Ali Khan: Saif perhaps went through the saddest year in his life as he lost his father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in 2011. The death of the legendary Indian cricketer made him formally assume the title of 10th Nawab of Pataudi. His next film will be a 2012 release- AGENT VINOD. Love of his life Kareena Kapoor also stars in the film. Well the good news is that finally he got married to Kareena this year.
Sanjay Dutt: Sanjay started the year with a bang as he scared his fans as the dreaded villain Kacha Cheena opposite Hrithik Roshan in AGNEEPATH. His performance in SON OF SARDAAR also drew appreciations. However, his charishma failed to sail DEPARTMENT out of rough water.
Shahid Kapoor: Shahid had an unexpected slide at the Box Office as his only release of the year-TERI MERI KAHAANI- disappeared fast from theatres and public minds.