Success in Bollywood is often measured by how “bankable” someone is.
And, it’s a largely-held notion in our country that married actresses are not “bankable.”
But thankfully, things are gradually changing now. And so are the mindsets, with due passage of time.These days, marriage does not mark an end to an actress’ glorious innings at the box-office rather it’s just a small hiatus.
Below are 5 married actresses, mentioned by Hirav Shah, who are the epitome of charisma and starry aura and are desirable as well and “bankable” as well and “successful” as well and that too, post “marriage”.
1. Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor (Born on 21 September 1980, currently in her 41st year) has always been a powerhouse in the film industry and ever since she got married to Saif ali Khan, the diva did still continue to stun the world with her impeccable sense of style, as well as her work ethic.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is rightly called the boss lady in the Entertainment industry. Her dialogues such as “main apni favourite hoon” and “tumhara koi haq nahi banta ki tum itni khubsoorat dikho. Not fair”, would have been on the lips of almost every Indian girl at least once in their lifetime.
There is no other like her, and there shall never be one. Time and again, Kareena has stunned us with her fine performances, and now, post marriage with Saif Ali Khan with whom she has two sons , there have been constant questions about her career in Bollywood.But Kareena is such a winner and an inspiration…
Kapoor will next team with Aamir Khan for the third time in Laal Singh Chaddha, a remake of the American comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994).
She will also portray the Mughal princess Jahanara Begum in Karan Johar’s directorial venture Takht, a historical drama featuring an ensemble cast, including Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, and Alia Bhatt.
It’s been 22 years since Bollywood actress Kajol (Born on 5 August 1974, currently in her 47th year) married her co-actor Ajay Devgn and it seems their marriage as well as careers are as strong as ever.
Kajol, known for her craft and natural acting abilities, left her career on a high when she married Devgn and started a family.
In a recent interview, the actress explained why she decided to settle down with the actor. “It was the right thing for me to do at that point of time,” she said in a recent statement. “I had been working for around eight and a half to nine years. So, I was ready to kind of calm down on my work front and kind of take it easier.”
The actress has appeared in a number of good films after giving birth to her children including Fanaa, U Me Aur Hum, My Name Is Khan, We Are Family, Dilwale, Tanhaji and Tribhanga.
As of May 2021, Kajol has three future projects including the biopic Sasi Lalitha, in which she plays the titular character, Velaiilla Pattadhari 3, a sequel to Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, and Rajkumar Hirani’s untitled satirical comedy, where she will reunites with Shah Rukh Khan.
Vidya Balan (Born 1 January 1979, presently in her 43rd year) is an Indian actress who works predominantly in Hindi cinema. Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women with her roles in female-led films, she is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.
Vidya Balan got married to producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor in 2012. Vidya believes “it is not tough for married actresses to find good roles in Bollywood as the industry reflects the changes happening in the society”.
There was time in Bollywood when it was believed that an actresses’ career is over post marriage. But today, things have changed. All thanks to actresses like the extremely talented Vidya Balan.
Vidya will next star in Amit V. Masurkar’s satire “Sherni”, and has committed to produce and star as Indira Gandhi in a yet-untitled web series based on Sagarika Ghose’s biography “Indira – India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister”.
4. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit ( Born On 15 May 1967, currently in her 55th year) set a new bar of success in the 1990s with her movies. She had numerous hits under her name, including Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Dil Toh Paagal hai. Despite the fame and success, Madhuri decided to marry not only outside the industry but the country as well, leaving fans shocked. She married Dr Shriram Nene in 1999 and moved to the US with him.
But she came back with a bang. She did reality shows on television extensively and also appeared in a few films. One of the most popular actresses of Hindi cinema, she has appeared in over 70 Bollywood films, till now.
Dixit will next produce Panchak, a Marathi film under her company RnM Moving Pictures and will next star in Netflix’s series The Heroine, produced by Karan Johar.
5. Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty (Born on 8 June 1975, currently in her 46th year) completes 28 years in Bollywood, this year. She made her debut with the hit film Baazigar (1993) alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Dhadkan, Indian, Rishtey, Phir Milege, Life in a Metro & Apne are some of her most acclaimed and loved films. She is an actress, film producer, dancer, author, businesswoman and mom… all at the same time.
She married industrialist Raj Kundra in 2009 and she has never stopped working even post marriage or after her children were born.
Shilpa Shetty has already served as a talent judge for reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha, Nach Baliye, and presently she is doing Super Dancer.
She will next be seen in lead roles in films namely “Nikamma” and “Hungama 2”.
Final Thoughts: Showbiz is an industry that has never really been too kind to actresses, who decide to tie the knot. Today, these 5 Bollywood married actresses have become an “inspiration to many” -They can bring in the same amount of footfall to the theatres, even after so many years of marriage. They are bankable. And, they are “successful”.
Who Is Hirav Shah
Hirav Shah is the only Astro-Strategist who has been associated with Bollywood and also Hollywood. From “celebs and studios” to “stars and channels”, everyone counts on him for his invaluable Astro-Strategic advice.
Hirav has been studying and applying the principles of Astro Science since decades now. He has carved a niche for himself by giving customized consultation to high profile clientele belonging to entertainment, films and tv, not just in India but overseas too…