Shah Rukh Khan Courtesy: Mid-day
Last release: 'Chennai Express' (2013)
Next release: 'Happy New Year' (2014)
Back on track with: 'My Name is Khan' (2010)
Lowdown: Like Sallu bhai, King Khan too has suffered from bouts of inconsistent performance at the Box Office. His filmography, that has seen both troughs and crests, got a major boost with Karan Johar film ‘My Name is Khan’. It had its share of controversies but it somehow sailed through, providing his film career a much-needed impetus.
Last release: 'Gunday' (2014)
Next release: 'Mary Kom film'
Back on track with: '7 Khoon Maaf' (2011)
Lowdown: Until 7 Khoon Maaf happened, she starred in a spate of forgettable films such as Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Pyaar Impossible! (2010) and What’s Your Raashee? (2009). As of now, Zanjeer remains one of 2013’s biggest duds and she hasn’t really made a splash with her latest venture (Gunday) either. Krrish 3 was a saving grace though.
Last release: 'Jai Ho' (2014)
Next release: 'Kick' (2014)
Back on track with: 'Wanted' (2009)
Lowdown: The Bollywood star had a string of flops — including Marigold, God Tussi Great Ho, Hello and Heroes — to his credit. He then tasted success with Prabhu Deva’s film ‘Wanted’ that broke box office records at that time. Following this film, he starred in films that were acclaimed both critically and commercially.
Last release: 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' (2013)
Next release: 'Dev Benegal film'
Back on track with: '3 Idiots' (2009)
Lowdown: Before Rajkumar Hirani directed her in ‘3 Idiots’, there was ‘Tashan’ (2008), followed by ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ (2009) and ‘Kurbaan’ (2009) — none of which earned her appreciation. She bounced back with ‘3 Idiots’ and followed it up with a slew of successful films. She also made an impression with Prakash Jha’s film, Satyagraha (2013) only to herald a debacle like ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’.
Last release: 'Boss' (2013)
Next release: 'Holiday' (2014)
Back on track with: 'Housefull' (2010)
Lowdown: After films like Kambakkht Ishq and Blue proved disastrous, Akki decided to play it safe with comedies and signed on Sajid Khan’s film Housefull. The idea worked and he went on to deliver several hits later. Last year, however, he experienced one average and two big time flops.
Last release: 'Dhoom 3' (2013)
Next release: 'Happy New Year' (2014)
Back on track with: 'Bol Bachchan' (2011)
Lowdown: Even though Dhoom 3 broke all Box Office records, Junior Bachchan didn’t get to hog the limelight. For him, it was the commercially successful film Bol Bachchan (2011) that did wonders.
Saif Ali Khan
Last release: 'Bullett Raja' (2013)
Next release: 'Happy Ending' (2014)
Back on track with: 'Dil Chahta Hai' (2001)
Lowdown: One of the late bloomers in the industry, the Nawab of Pataudi’s career in the ’90s can be best described as forgettable. Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai single-handedly catapulted him into the big league and since then, he has made the most of good scripts. There were mediocre films too.
Last release: 'R…Rajkumar' (2013)
Next release: 'Haider' (2014)
Back on track with: 'R...Rajkumar' (2013)
Lowdown: Post his climb with a memorable performance in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey, this actor has starred in films that have turned out to be box-office duds. Even though R...Rajkumar did sell a lot of tickets, the film received little appreciation from the critics’ end.
Last release: 'Krrish 3' (2013)
Next release: 'Bang Bang' (2014)
Back on track with: 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara'
Lowdown: After back-to-back duds like Kites and Guzaarish in 2010, trade pundits wrote him off, all the while suggesting that he’ll get his mojo back by starring in his father, producer Rakesh Roshan’s home production. But he went on to impress audiences in the multi-starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara instead.
Shah Rukh Khan