Bollywood, the source of entertainment for common man, is an industry where only the hard hearted can survive. Not all become as successful as Amitabh Bachchan or Madhuri Dixit. At some point or other these actors either because of their personal lives or failure in Bollywood go on a sabbatical and never return, leaving us wondering what happened and why. We bring to you the story of such Bollywood actresses who tasted stardom for short span and then simply vanished from mainstream movie business.
7. Mamta Kulkarni
She saw commercial success with movies like Aashiq Awara
, Karan Arjun
and more. However, she landed into controversy when she posed topless for Stardust and it started her tryst with more controversies and downfall of her career. She was also linked with the drug kingpin Vicky Goswami. Though she did not marry him, it did add to her defamation. After a stint of flop movies she finally quit Bollywood and took up spirituality.
6. Farha Naaz
She comes from a family of actors, being the niece of Shabana Azmi and elder sister of Tabu. During her professional career she acted with almost all top actors of that era and has some great movies to her name such as Imandaar
, Woh Phir Aayegi
etc. At the age of 22, she retired from her career and married Vindu Dara Singh. The couple divorced and she was last seen in the movie Hulchul
. A talent not fully utilized.
5. Kimi Katkar
Remembered for her song Jumma Chumma De De
, Kimi Katkar, had a brief stint in Bollywood. She worked in some named movies such as Hum
. On marrying photographer and ad-filmmaker Shantanou Shorey, she quit movies and shifted base to Australia.
The niece of Raza Murad, Sonam was launched by Yash Chopra in the film Vijay
. She tasted success with movies Tridev
, Vishwatma, Ajooba, Aakhri Ghulam
etc. and is remembered for the popular song Oye Oye
. She left the industry at the young age of 19 and after marrying filmmaker Rajiv Rai, they fled India post death threats to by Abu Salem. Also Read: Top 10 Highly Educated Bollywood Stars
3. Somy Ali
Known to have dated Salman Khan, Somy Ali acted in some 10 movies before quitting Bollywood. She returned to USA post her break up with Salman and involved herself in alternative careers. She set up her own clothing lined named So-Me Designs and set up and NGO No More Tears, for which she was honored with the American Heritage Award, for her extraordinary work. If not in movies, she has tasted success in a field she is more passionate about.
2. Sonu Walia
This Miss India is remembered as a sexy siren. She is best known for her role in the movie Khoon Bhari Maang
which also won her the award for Best Supporting Actress. She also made TV appearance with Betaal Pachisi
. Post her marriage with an NRI, she is said to have settled in USA.
1. Meenakshi Sheshadri
One of the most successful actress of the 90’s, Meenakshi Seshadri was the youngest to have been crowned Miss India. She did some power packed movies and was praised for her superb acting. Some great work of hers includes Hero, Shahenshah, Damini, Ghayal, Ghatak
and many more. She quit industry to take care of her children and has retired in Texas where she runs a dance academy by the name ‘Cherish Dance Academy’.