The Next Bollywood Superstar – Do we have a succession plan?

In Indian cricket, the question that was asked for years was ‘who would replace the Big 3 (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman). In a few years from now, Bollywood too could find themselves in a situation, where there could be a lack of ‘bankable stars’. Well known¬†trade analyst and film critic Joginder Tuteja questions if Bollywood has a ‘succession plan’ in place.

Rahul Dravid just made a gracious exit from Indian cricket. VVS Laxman didn’t take much time to hang up his boots either. And suddenly there seems to be this huge question in Indian cricket – ‘Do we have a succession plan?’

Bollywood seems to be facing a similar question as well, what with each of the superstars in the Top 6 (apart from Hrithik) being 40 plus in age and no real star (with an exception of one or two) being really ready to start delivering like the veterans. (continued below the image)

Well, as of yet at the least.

Let’s look at the scenario. We have the three Khans sitting pretty at the top. Then there are men like Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn filling up the remaining three slots and there we have; the Top 6 which is pretty much sealed and secure.

What happens to those who wish to break in? Of course they would, say in 4-5 years from now when each of the men at the top would be on the other side of the 50s. Some of them may stay on, a few would graciously move on. What would we be left with? Hrithik Roshan of course who is closest to occupy a top slot. Beyond that there is of course Ranbir Kapoor who is the best star-actor of the current generation. (continued below the image)

However one does miss that smash entry into Bollywood which made Hrithik Roshan a phenomenon after ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’. Now he is someone who got a superstar arrival in Bollywood, something that young ones like Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan or to a lesser extent Shahid Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi didn’t quite enjoy. Yes, they were noticed. Some of them even had huge successes to begin with (or soon after). Still, the X factor that differentiates a superstar from a star to an emerging talent was definitely being missed.

We have had promising stars in the form of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. However it’s a long way to go for them as well. Amongst the seniors Saif Ali Khan failed when he tried to do something different (Agent Vinod) but delivered when it came to something conventional (Cocktail). He too knows that making ‘Cocktail 2’ or ‘Cocktail 3’ isn’t something that he wishes to do for life.

This leaves industry with John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan who have been around for a decade now. Would these be the men fighting it out with other ‘seniors’ like Ranbir, Imran, Shahid and Emraan to be a part of the ‘succession plan?

Should be interesting to observe! Do vote below and tell us who you think will be the next big superstar!

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  • Ajay devgn is the one and only superstar of bollywood who can perform every roll and charecter. He is the only actor who has got 2 National award . He can act like Gangstar ,Comic,Action. No khan can play such act. AJAY DEVGN is THE LION KING OF BOLLYWOOD.

  • superstars are; the khans, hrithik n akki. ajay devgan is just a star. outside rohit shatty, he becomes disaster. the next superstar is definitely ranbir kapoor n his choice of movie scripts is amazing cos he will be remembered 10 yrs down the lane for the kind of movies he made whether commercially successful or not, everyone appreciates his acting skills n he is starting to pull the crowd to the theatres.
    stars are;
    1.saif ali khan
    2.farhan aktar
    3.abhay deol
    4.imran khan
    5.emraan hashmi
    6.abhishek bachchan
    promising stars are;
    1.arjun kapoor
    2.ranveer singh
    3.siddarth malhotra
    john abraham n vivek oberoi cannot carry anymovie on their own, they are only successful supporting casts/stars
    shahid kapoor is finished.

  • Well post is quite apparent that RK is well ahead of his contemporaries and right up there in the big league as far as others are concerned Emraan has his share of audiences, Shahid needs to be careful about movie he choses and Imraan needs to learn some acting from his Maamu…

  • The Lion king of Bollywood AJAY DEVGN has sign Golmal 4 ,Singham2,Gangajal 2,Himmatwala,Satyagraha and many film So He is the Superstar for next 2 Dacade. And the next Superstar will be ABHISEK BACHCHAN because he Can Act ACTION,COMEDY,ROMANCE ,THIRLER,INTENCE ACT . @Indicine your list is incomplete without ABHISEK BACHCHAN . DHOOM,DHOOM2, DHOOM3 ,BOL BACHAN, BANTI AUR BABLI,GURU
    are some remarkeble film. He can Clearly Speake Dilog but Hirtik can’t. He can perform any kind of roll .

  • in d last decade hrithik dominated in 4 years which is huge
    so he is d biggest superstar of bollywood
    he will rule from 2013 after release of krissh 3
    2012 is last year for khans
    upcoming yrs Will be of hrithik ranbir shahid emran n john

  • Emraan Hashmi if ur brain is working.ranbir kapoor etc if ur a media whore.none of those actors come close to emraan acting potential.its like comparing firefly to jannat n awarapan with an open mind answer will be there.used to be shahid,khan fan .. but they stand no chance against emraan on acting abilities.

  • Shahid will be a next superstar becoz,, he isa very hardwork on her next megabagget movie..
    and he is looking very cute, hot ,sweet in all times. shahid kapoor no compared Ranbir kapoor becoz shahid is more talented & seniour than ranbir…

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