OTT has been both a boon and a bane to the Bollywood film industry.
The rise of OTT content, following the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns since 2020, has been both a boon and a bane for the Bollywood film industry. While several blockbuster movies starring stars have fallen flat at the box office, OTT content starring lesser-known actors has fared much better in comparison.
Likewise, several 90s actors who had to fade into mainstream Bollywood films are making new comebacks with OTT content. From Madhuri Dixit to Sushmita Sen, here are five actors who ruled the box office and hearts in the 90s and made successful comebacks with OTT platforms.
Madhuri Dixit debuted in 1984 and ruled Bollywood until 2001 with several box office hits and critically acclaimed roles. Her thousand watt smile and dancing skills can give any modern day actor a hard time. She made her digital debut with the Netflix family thriller series The Fame Game, directed by Bijoy Nambiar and produced by Karan Johar, in February 2022. She will star in India’s first Amazon Prime Video Original film Maja Ma, which will be released in October.
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Juhi Chawla made her Bollywood debut in 1986 and yielded several box office hits throughout her career until 2005. After a brief sabbatical, she appeared on screen again in Onir directed I Am in 2011 and Gulabi Gang in 2014. Eight years later, Chawla will be seen again in the upcoming Amazon Prime series Hush Hush which is set to premiere on September 22, 2022.
Raveena Tandon made her Bollywood debut in 1991 and established herself as a leading figure in commercially successful action drama films such as Dilwale (1994), Mohra (1994), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) and Ziddi (1997). The volume of films in which she acted decreased after 2004, but she did not stop working. She made her digital debut with the 2021 crime thriller series Aranyak on Netflix.
Former Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen made her Bollywood debut in 1996 and ruled hearts for almost two decades. She last appeared in the Bengali film Nirbaak and later made her digital debut with the Hotstar 2020 crime thriller Aarya. The second season of the series premiered in 2021.
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National award-winning actress, Karisma Kapoor made her Bollywood debut in 1991 and continued to rise to acclaim and fame throughout the following decade. After a brief sabbatical, she last appeared in the 2012 Hindi film Dangerous Ishhq before appearing on OTT. She made her digital debut with the 2020 drama series Mentalhood which aired on both Zee5 and Alt Balaji.
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