There are two sets of people that make Bollywood what it is. They either belong to the filmy families or they don't. While the ones who do belong to a Bollywood dynasty have to face their own set of challenges, the non-Bolly-family types have a hard time keeping up with the others.
Ocourse, every once in a few decades the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan do come along and take the entire industry by storm but most other lesser mortals aren't so lucky. You can train yourself to become a better actor but it takes more than one individual's efforts to achieve and sustain stardom.
Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, a Bollywood blueblood and also a true blue royal-by-marriage now, reportedly refused to work with actor Ayushmann Khurrana in Udta Punjab as she doesn't consider him a star.
Ayushmann entered Bollywood with the John Abraham-produced Vicky Donor and was immediately a hit. And while he is nothing like the "confused sperm" he was made out to be in the film post Vicky Donor, he's had a tough time keeping up.
Ayushmann's choice of films aren't bad, they're rather impressive really. After Vicky Donor it was Nautanki Saala, a Rohan Sippy film which was a remake of the French comedy Apres Vous. The audiences didn't pardon his French though and the movie bombed at the box office.
The same happened to Bewakoofiyan where he played an out of job boyfriend trying to impress the father of his girlfriend, played by Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor. The film opened to bad reviews and never recovered after that.
This next film, Hawaizada , looks slick. It revolves around the life of an Indian scientist who may have invented the flying machine even before the Wright brothers got it right. The story seems interesting enough but will it be happy landings for Ayushmann at the box office? We don't know yet but it surely will decide whether his other Yash Raj Films release Zor Laga Ke Haisha will open well or not.
Meanwhile, another outsider, Sidharth Malhotra, isn't on the same boat as Ayushmann, but things for this Student of The Year aren't as easy as they seem either. He may have had three back-to-back hits but his co-students have helped leap-frog the shy Sidharth into pole position. Sidharth made his Bollywood debut in filmmaker Karan Johar's Student Of The Year, along with Alia Bhatt (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's daughter) and Varun Dhawan (filmmaker David Dhawan's son).
After Student Of The Year, Varun Dhawan has starred in two other super hit films - Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Main Tera Hero. He has been seen in the football circuit as FC Goa's brand ambassador and even helped raise funds for the Kashmir flood victims. All acts that have certainly helped build his celebrity status.
Sidharth, on the other hand, has had no such advice from his handlers. He might be working on Brothers with Akshay Kumar (which is produced by Karan Johar) but it takes more than just films to remain in the public eye. He was recently clicked with Alia Bhatt and talks are ripe about the two being in a relationship. Now that's a step in the right direction. After all, while an actor is talked about when he performs, a star needs to be talked about all the time.
Actress Parineeti Chopra is a fair example of what a Bollywood outsider shouldn't do when it comes to stardom. Firstly, gain weight when you are the leading lady. Secondly, wear clothes that don't hide the extra pounds. Lastly, don't make claims that you will never work with the Khans. And while Parineeti may have clarified later saying, "The comment was blown out of proportion I am too young and new an actor to make a comment like that", the damage was already done.
At the launch of Dabboo Ratnani's calendar recently, elder sister Priyanka Chopra wasn't too impressed with Parineeti's photo that had the actress posing with a cigar, but it doesn't look like Parineeti is seeking advice in the first place.
Parineeti is reportedly not signing any new projects and is looking forward to reinventing herself. We are most happy to hear that but have one final piece of advice - if you're a work in progress, don't be seen in clothes that would leave you super high and dry.