In Bollywood, connections and names play a vital role in your success. Whether or not a big production house will back an actor depends not only on his acting skills but also the lineage he comes from. However, all these things only take a person so far after which he has to fend for himself and if he is not talented then it becomes impossible for him to survive in the industry bloodbath. Here is a list of 10 such actors who had famous names and families but could not make any mark for themselves in Bollywood.
Fardeen Khan is the son of actor
. He made his debut with the movie Prem Aggan which did nothing for his Bollywood career. He appeared in some movies after that like Jungle, Jaanesheen and Om Jai Jagdish, all of which were flops. He did a hit movie like
and Heyy Baby but disappeared from the industry soon after that. He is currently enjoying his personal life with wife Natasha Madhvani and his daughter.
Zayed Khan is known for his portrayal of Lucky in Main Hoon Naa, possibly his only memorable performance. He debuted in the year 2003 with the movie Chura Liya Hai Tumne which was a flop. He did do a few mediocre successful films like Dus, Blue and Fight Club but that was about it. His last movie was
in 2015 which was also not a commercial success. He even tried his hands at production and made a film called
Love Breakups Zindagi
which did nothing to improve his standing as an actor or producer.
He came into Bollywood with a bang with the super hit Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na. People fell in love with his boyish charm and acting skills. He then did movies like
and I hate Luv Storys which once again established his mettle as an actor. He has been missing from the limelight after delivering a series of flop films. His last hit film was Ek Main Aur Ek Tu opposite Kareena Kapoor in 2015. He took a sabbatical from acting after the birth of his daughter but even after that there has been no news of any new projects for him.
The brother of superstar
was expected to reach similar heights in the acting genre like his brother but he could not even manage to be half as successful as Salman. He debuted in 1996 with the film Daraar which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Villian. He has been unable to deliver any solo hit films but has been successful in few roles as the supporting lead in movies like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and Garv, all in which he starred opposite Salman. He has managed to establish himself as a successful director with the Dabangg series which has been a major blockbusters.
Unlike his brother, Sohail Khan could not do any magic on the silver screen and have almost no hit films to his credit. He has delivered a few hit films as a producer, all of which have Salman Khan in the lead like Partner,
and Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. The movies in which he acted like Aryan and Maine Dil Tujhko Diya tanked miserably at the box office. His last venture as a producer was in
which was received with a lukewarm response in the theatres.
Sanjay Kapoor is the brother of actor
but unlike his brother none of his movies could make a mark or be commercially successful. He debuted with Prem opposite Tabu and though his performance was appreciated, the film sunk at the box office. He later appeared in a series of unsuccessful films like Raja, Auzaar and Mohabbat. His most recent release was the
starrer Shaandaar which was a box office failure as well.
Tusshar Kapoor is the son of superstar Jeetendra and the younger brother of television daily soap queen
. He started his Bollywood career with the super hit Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai in the year 2001. He then went on to do some hit films like the Golmaal series, Kya Kool Hain Hum and
The Dirty Picture
. Tusshar Kapoor could not establish himself as a solo actor and all his hit films have been with an ensemble cast where he had a minor role. He is most remembered for portraying the role of a dumb person in the Golmaal series.
Vaani Kapoor debuted with the hit Shudhh Desi Romance under Yash Raj banner. Even though she played the second lead, her performance was appreciated and liked by one and all. After that she vanished from the industry and people started counting her in the list of One Hit Wonders. She came back with the much awaited Befikre opposite superstar
but the movie failed miserably at the box office and it could not salvage Vaani’s career either.
When you are born in the Kapoor Khaandaan everyone expects you to become a big star. This could not be said for actor Rajiv Kapoor who is the youngest son of
and brother of actors and
. Rajiv debuted with Ek Jaan Hain Hum in 1983 which was a success. He then played the lead role Ram Teri Ganga Maili which was Raj Kapoor’s last directorial venture. He also acted in several other unsuccessful films and made his final appearance on screen in Zimmedar in 1990.
Being the son of Shashi Kapoor, Karan Kapoor had the name and the looks to make him a successful Bollywood actor. He debuted with Shyam Benegal’s critically acclaimed film Junoon in the year 1978 which featured both his parents and his siblings. He was also a part of the British television series The Jewel In The Crown. He is mainly remembered for his modeling for the brand Bombay Dyeing. He has now become a photographer and lives with his family in London.