In the film industry, there’s a golden rule which everyone must follow: never say never. And there are examples galore to prove this.

Katrina Kaif: The Girl With Two Left Feet

Katrina Kaif in stills from Sheila ki jawani & Chikni Chameli
Katrina Kaif proved her detractors wrong with Sheila Ki Jawani and Chikni Chameli.

Katrina Kaif was never known to be a dancer. In fact, so awkward was her dancing even after she had made a comfortable place for herself in people’s hearts that she was often referred to as the girl with two left feet. People, including the industry folk, thought, she would never be able to overcome this handicap of hers. But the beautiful actress proved all her detractors wrong when she danced with unprecedented grace on the Sheila ki jawani song from Tees Maar Khan. In the latest Chikni Chameli song from Agneepath, Katrina seems to have surpassed herself. So vigorously, so energetically and yet so gracefully, that’s how the lass has gyrated as Chameli!

Saif Ali Khan: Will Sharmila Tagore’s Son Make It?

Saif Ali Khan in Aashik Aawara poster & Aarakshan stills
Saif Ali Khan has come a long way from Aashik Aawara to Aarakshan.

Take the case of Saif Ali Khan. To say that his acting was awkward, his diction was faulty, his pronunciations were bad wouldn’t be an exaggeration. But all this was when he entered the film industry. People thought, Sharmila Tagore’s son would never be able to make a place for himself in Bollywood, what with such negative qualities. But over the years, Saif has improved a great deal. His acting now looks stylish and effortless, his diction has improved, his pronunciations may be slightly anglicised but coming from Saif, they sound good. He looks suave and sexy today. So, all those who said, Saif would never make his mark, had to eat humble pie, besides watching and applauding the actor’s solo as well as multi-starrers.

Madhuri Dixit: No Sex Appeal Or Oomph!

Madhuri Dixit in stills from Abodh movie & Dhak Dhak song
Madhuri Dixit delivered numerous flops like Abodh before becoming the Dhak Dhak girl.

Madhuri Dixit accelerated heart beats of guys in her heyday but one cannot forget her numerous flops before she tasted success in Tezaab and Ram Lakhan to become the darling of the masses and classes alike. Films like Abodh, Awara Baap, Swati, Mohre, Hifazat and Uttar Dakshin did little for Madhuri who was to later become the Dhak-dhak girl of Bollywood. Who would’ve imagined that the flop star of at least half a dozen films would emerge as the numero uno in the years to come? Whoever saw her in her earlier films felt, she lacked sex appeal and oomph and would, therefore, never ever make a mark. But one blockbuster, and the trade and public alike realised that Madhuri had all the sex appeal needed in a Bollywood actress, including in her eyes! From Madhuri Big-shit, the girl had overnight become the sexy and successful Madhuri Dixit.

Amitabh Bachchan: No Charisma

Amitabh Bachchan in stills from Anand & Sholay
People felt that Amitabh Bachchan didn't possess the 'X' factor.

The biggest of them all, Amitabh Bachchan, also had to face humiliation from an insensitive industry which refused to see beyond his lanky physique and, therefore, was unwilling to give him break as an actor. He didn’t have the looks, they said. He didn’t have the charisma, they opined. He didn’t possess the star qualities, the ‘X’ factor, they felt. How then could he ever become an actor, they asked. But Bachchan bowled everyone over with his talent to become the topmost star of the country. He didn’t remain a star, he became a superstar, so big in stature that nobody before him or after him can claim to have equalled him! Even today, he is considered one of the most charismatic actors the Hindi film industry has ever known in its over-100-year history!

There are many more examples to prove how risky it is to say ‘never’ in this industry. For, one would never know what the future has in store for someone. Improvement is an ongoing process here and one is eternally a student, learning and bettering his art. The public has simply to accept something or someone, after which even the impossible becomes possible. So, the next time you feel like saying ‘never’, pause for a second! When all the examples of cases considered hopeless but who finally struck gold, come to your mind, chances are, you would never want to say ‘never’.

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  1. Madhuri’s acting potential was always appreciated. Directors thought she can only do good in arty films, Her acting was very appreciated in small budget film mohra. They thought she lacked in sex appeal but her talent were appreciated by critics. It is good that she became an actor first and then a star.

  2. Madhuri is “The Best” actress in boolywood cinema … No comparrissons could be done …. Aaj bhi she makes our heart go dhak dhak :)

  3. Madhuri has lost everything she had in past. She is history now. Her statue in Madame Tussads is alos waste of money and time. She should start accepting character roles now and stop dreaming of becoming a heroine again, Her days are gone.

  4. Madhuri Dixit has lost her charm and gained heavy weights. She is no longer the same sexy actress whom we use to love. She can play elder sister’s role or mother’s role but will not look good in a heroine’s role. I no longer like Madhuri Dixit, rather Srivdei is far better then her.

  5. Madhuri Dixit is history now. We no longer want to see her as the main lead of any movie. She was a very good actress no doubt, but no longer…When we have ample choice like Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Dipika …why go for Madhuri?

  6. Katrina Kaif is just Superb! Amitab Bachan is our country’s prestige but Madhuri Dixit and Saif Ali Khan are not such big deals! Madhuri off late looks pale,fat and old.