Bollywood’s Overnight Sensations Who Never Rose To Become Top Order Actresses

Avani Poddar

Mumbai is the city of dreams. Thousands of people come to Mumbai everyday with the dream of getting into Bollywood. There were many who had a promising start in the industry but have disappeared without leaving a trace.

Here is a list of Bollywood actresses who have vanished from the industry after courting a successful career.


#1: Anu Aggarwal

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Anu won a million hearts with her debut movie 'Aashiqui' which was a musical blockbuster. After giving a successfully hit film, she started getting many acting offers. However,  in 1999 she met with a near fatal car accident due to which she was in a coma for almost a month. Anu had to undergo a diagnosis for about three years to recover back normally. The actress quit acting after her accident and now lives in Bihar out of the limelight. There she teaches yoga and is an amateur power lifter. Her autobiography titled 'Anusual-Memoir of a girl who came back from the dead' portrays her short Bollywood journey and how the accident changed her life.


#2. Bhagyashree

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She became an overnight sensation after the mega-hit 'Maine Pyar Kiya' opposite Salman Khan. This could have been an ideal step to popularity, but shortly after the release of the movie, Bhagyshree tied the knot with her boyfriend, Himalaya Dassani. She quit the film industry after marriage and is currently enjoying marital bliss.


#3:  Meenakshi Sheshadri

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The talented and the beautiful actress made her debut in the super hit movie 'Hero' opposite Jackie Shroff. She gave her most powerful performance in the movie 'Damini' and starred in blockbusters like 'Shahenshah', 'Ghayal' and 'Ghatak'. Meenakshi married an investment banker named Harish Mysore and is now settled in in the United States of America. As a trained classical dancer, she runs a dance school in Piano, Texas where she teaches Indian dance forms to children.


#4:  Kimi Katkar

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The sex symbol of the 90’s, Kimi debuted with the movie 'Tarzan' and rose to instant fame for portraying a bold avatar. She acted opposite many superstars but is most remembered for her role of 'Jumma' opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the movie 'Hum'. She bid farewell to films after getting hitched to an advertising filmmaker and photographer Shantanu Shorey.


#5:  Mandakini

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She made her acting debut with Raj Kapoor’s movie, 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili'. She then appeared in many Bollywood movies opposite Mithun Chakraborty and Govinda, but couldn't charm us with the way she did with her maiden film. She was reported to be involved with Dawood Ibrahim, the infamous underworld mafia. Mandakini is a disciple of Dalai Lama and is currently running a Tibetan medicine centre along with her husband Rinpoche Thakur; the well-known kid from the Murphy advertisement of the 70’s and 80's.


#6: Gracy Singh

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Gracy made her entry into the big screen with the Oscar-nominated movie, Lagaan. She did her share of movies but couldn't leave any mark in Bollywood. She started her second innings with the Indian mythological drama 'Jai Santoshi Mata' where she is essaying the titular role.


#7:  Diana Penty

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A former model, Penty made her acting debut in the commercially successful rom-com 'Cocktail'. After a four-year hiatus from acting Diana was back in movies appearing in the comedy movie, 'Happy Bhag Jayegi'. Regarded as a fashion icon, she is associated with brands like Tresemme and Nokia.