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Lost faces of Bollywood
Lost faces of Bollywood

While the glam world is a fast-paced one with almost every movie attempting to serve as the perfect launch pad to new faces, there have been a number of names that once shone on screen, but now seem to have vanished.

The controversy-ridden Mamta Kulkarni was quite a rage in the 90s with movies like Karan Arjun and Sabse Bada Khiladi to her name. After her topless image on the cover of Stardust Magazine, and a trickle of films that have failed to make an impact, Mamta has disappeared from the big screen. Actress Shabana Raza, also known popularly as Neha, made her screen debut opposite Bobby Deol in the movie Kareeb, and was paired opposite Hrithik Roshan in ‘Fiza’- the latter’s second release. It’s been almost a decade since this sweet –looking actress has been part of a project. Now, she’s happily married to actor Manoj Bajpai for almost 6 years.

The 1989 release ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ launched along with Salman Khan, the petite actress Bhagyashree. She later chose to make films only opposite her husband Himalaya- and soon stopped featuring in them altogether! She is another face we miss. Think of Ram Teri Ganga Maili, and Mandakini under the waterfall is one of the first images to flash across your. Only a handful of films later, she quit her acting career. Dancer and actress Meenakshi Sheshadri made a massive impact with her film Damini. She starred opposite the likes of Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna, but later left the industry. She is now a Bharatnatyam instructor in the US where she lives with her family.

Coming over to the recognised beauties of the film industry, one wonders why the career of Yukta Mookhey was short-lived. The Miss World winner was seen in very few movies, and none of them did too well at the BO. Even pretty lady and pageant winner Namrata Shirodkar is nowhere to be seen post her performance in movies like Vaastav, Astitva and Pukar.

That’s only the actresses. Faces such as that of Rajkiran Mehtani, who played pivotal roles in Karz and Arth, Shadab Khan- son of Amzad ‘Gabbar’ Khan and Aamir Khan’s brother Faizal Khan, are among many that were smudged into oblivion by time and the on-coming tide of new talent.

If it takes a lot to make your entry into Bollywood, it definitely takes even more to make your mark here!