The Big Screen Beacons

first_img Suhani Singh August 16, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 26, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 13:49 IST Sujit Jaiswal/Getty ImagesPicture abhi baaki hai, mere dost,” said Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om. Only the audience is no longer as captivated by his films or that of the other Khans-Aamir and Salman. The latter, “Bhai” to his fans, just squeezed through by a percentage point to hold on toPicture abhi baaki hai, mere dost,” said Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om. Only the audience is no longer as captivated by his films or that of the other Khans-Aamir and Salman. The latter, “Bhai” to his fans, just squeezed through by a percentage point to hold on to the No.1 spot in the latest edition of the INDIA TODAY Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey. Salman may have played Bharat in his last film, but it’s Akshay Kumar who wears the Mr Bharat label better with a roster of nationalistic films, such as Kesari and Mission Mangal. Unlike the Khans, Kumar is prolific, doing four releases a year, making him one of the busiest and highest paid actors in Bollywood.Not far behind is Ranveer Singh, impressing with his energetic theatrics and his inimitable sartorial style, riding high on back-to-back hits with Simmba and Gully Boy and shooting for his big-budget sports drama, ’83. Following him is Amitabh Bachchan, the actor who can still hold audiences captive with just his eyes and voice, as demonstrated in the surprise hit Badla. Just making the cut for the top six are Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, both of whom don’t have any releases this year. A noteworthy aspect of the MOTN survey is the high percentage of respondents who opted for ‘Others’ (17%), signalling the arrival of Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho) and Vicky Kaushal (Uri: The Surgical Strike)-both recent recipients of the National Award for best actor-and Kartik Aaryan. The era of one-hero rule certainly seems to be over.advertisement Loic Venance/Getty Images Rohan ShresthaIn the case of actresses, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone tied for No.1. Interestingly, Chopra hasn’t had a Hindi release in over three years and Padukone was last seen in Padmaavat (2018). Their pole position indicates that an active social media feed, elaborate weddings and an international presence play as much of a role in one’s popularity as their films. Both are producers of their upcoming releases-Chopra with The Sky is Pink (October 2019) and Padukone with Chhapaak (January 2020). Only a point separated Anushka Sharma, down from No.1 spot in the last edition of the survey, and Alia Bhatt from the two actresses. Sharma had a busy, though turbulent, 2018 as of her three films-Pari, Sui Dhaaga and Zero-only the second made a decent dent at the box office. This year, she has been in the public eye more for supporting her husband, cricketer Virat Kohli. In fact, Bhatt is the only one to gain ground in the top five, hardly a surprise given her fiery act in Gully Boy and a slate of big films in her kitty, including one with boyfriend Kapoor (Brahmastra) and S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR. And even though her recent Kalank failed, she won hearts with her Kathak dance.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Next The Big Screen BeaconsThough Salman ‘Bhai’; held on to the no. 1 spot, the khans are slipping, making way for a new crop of actors.advertisementlast_img read more