All you need is a moment in Cinema to leave an impression that lasts forever. Ever imagined the potency of that one single moment? Could Bachchan have become the Bachchan we know had he let Sher Khan take the seat in Zanjeer’s police station scene? Guess not! While most actors in the realm of cinema descend in the hopes of waiting for that moment, the making of a superstar needs a turning point.
Let’s take a look at those moments put together as a scene that gave a new direction to an actor’s career. We will talk about scenes that virtually played the most essential role in giving an actor’s journey the shape he could only wish for.
Let’s take six of the biggest superstars who started almost around the same time and ended up being superstars in more ways than one:
Shah Rukh Khan
Pushing Shilpa Shetty off the roof in Baazigar
Shah Rukh had started out as the quintessential romantic boy playing to the gallery and caught notice of some of the eyes. He was struggling for his moment until Abbas-Mustan made him kill the leading lady of a mainstream masala film. We do have our reactions intact with us around this scene, don’t we? That was by all means the turning point in his career. The anti-hero imagery that he became known for was all credited to this scene in Baazigar eventually making him win his first filmfare award for Best Actor. He followed it up with works like Anjaam & Darr and subsequently had to break the shackles to discover THE lover boy in him.
Winning the final race in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
The kind of variety Aamir opted for, it was difficult for him to establish a single moment. However, the visuals of him pipping Deepak Tijori in the final moments of Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander never left us. Possibly the favorite movie of a lot of 90’s kids, the very scene made Aamir Khan sit in the lap of millions. Even though Aamir Khan didn’t particularly rake up the love he got, it’s safe to sum this was the moment his career got the positive change it needed.
Struggling for his mother’s burial In Zakhm
In an era when anything closer to reality wasn’t working at the Box Office, Ajay Devgn did a movie called Zakhm and won the National Best Actor Award. His struggle to convince people of fulfilling her mother’s only wish brought out the actor in him we know him as. Of the many scenes he evoked emotions in, the climax was heart wrenching to the core. Nothing remained the same for Ajay as he started getting the recognition a good actor desires.
Fighting Off Undertaker in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
We know he wasn’t the real UnderTaker but what Akshay did with him was one of the most fascinating moments in the cinema of 90s. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi wasn’t just an action treat back then, it was a movie that cemented Akshay Kumar’s contention of being the biggest action hero of his era. The talk of him fighting off UnderTaker did rounds for the whole year and Khiladi Kumar got the moment he had been looking for all his life.
Taking Abhishek & Uday for a ride after the robbery in Dhoom 2
Yeah it’s understandable that he’s known as the Indian superhero but Krrish doesn’t connote to him, style does. The first time Hrithik killed people through his looks and style was with 2006’s Dhoom 2. While the audience had settled in hoping for a cat and mouse chase, he bowled over everyone with his style alone. The escape after the diamond robbery is a sequence that put Hrithik in a different league of actors oozing of style
Picking up a fight in a single screen theater in Tere Naam
The moment came for him more than a decade after he made his debut but it did. A section of college going youngsters found themselves in him when he entered the single theater and started looking for his targets with a torch. He dragged them out kicked asses like he did throughout the movie. The fans he acquired in that particular scene of that particular movie still stand behind Bhai with solidarity. He owes his success to his fans and he owes his fans to Tere Naam. Believe it or not, that scene in Tere Naam has given a different shape to his career that we’re not even sure he is aware of.
Can you think of some other turning points in each of these actors’ career? Let us know in comments but remember we’re only talking about SCENES!