Sonam’s ‘Veere’ trumps Harshvardhan’s ‘Bhavesh’: A look at B-town’s underachiever siblings

New Delhi: Veere Di Wedding and Bhavesh Joshi on last Friday were the very first pair of Bollywood releases in June. While the former had fans waiting desperately for its release, Bhavesh Joshi barely made it to anybody’s wish list. Even though the Harshvardhan Kapoor starrer has garnered rave reviews from critics, it hasn’t quite made its mark in the box office on the opening day. Box Office India’s report suggests that the film made a mere ₹25-30 lakh on the opening day, while Veere Di Wedding opened to ₹10.70 crore, and has been witnessing growth on the following days. Sonam completely wins the competition in terms of box office.

There’s still hope for Harshvardhan to prove his acting prowess and probably surpass elder sister Sonam, but only time can tell the tale. There are several sets of actors who, in spite of being siblings have experienced dramatically different career paths from their successful counterparts.

Here’s a list of Bollywood’s underachiever siblings:

Sonam Kapoor vs Harshvardhan Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor vs Harshvardhan Kapoor

Even though the duo had the privilege of being star kids and Sonam has had quite a few years to try out different films and prove her skills, Harshvardhan’s future looks quite bleak in terms of the success of his films. He began his career with ‘Mirziya’, a commercial and critical flop. Sonam’s Saawariya made ₹39 crore back in 2007, a failure compared to SRK’s Om Shanti Om’s ₹150 crore worldwide, but the debut actors’ performance was appreciated which further gave a boost to both Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor’s career. Sonam picked up with Aisha, Raanjhanaa and Neerja. However, Mirziya grossed over crores in the first week but turned out to be a financial disaster, according to Bollywood Hungama. And Harshvardhan’s second film Bhavesh Joshi hasn’t done so well at the box office even with better reviews.

Anil Kapoor vs Sanjay Kapoor

Anil Kapoor vs Sanjay Kapoor

Sanjay had always been addressed as Anil Kapoor’s younger brother, and he probably could not ever span out of that image. Even though he acted in films like Raja, Sirf Tum, and Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, he moved out of acting altogether to producing. Arjun Kapoor starrer ‘Tevar’ was his first film as a producer. While Anil Kapoor’s success story (Mr India, Tezaab, Slumdog Millionaire and many more) is relatively known, among the three brothers (Boney, Anil, and Sanjay), the youngest definitely lost out to the elder two.

Sunny Deol vs Bobby Deol

Sunny Deol vs Bobby Deol

Sunny Deol became a rage with his ‘Dhai kilo ka hath’ in the 90s, but younger brother Bobby Deol could barely gather enough fans to build a career in acting. Despite a handfull of hit films in his career, Bobby has delivered a series of flops more consistently, which eventually resulted in his long absence from acting before he appeared in Poster Boys recently. “I didn’t even realise when my career started slipping away,” he told to Huffington Post. Although Sunny’s career (Damini, Gadar, The Hero, Ghayal) is also ridden with long absences owing to health issues, his on-screen presence has been more memorable as compared to that of Bobby’s (Soldier, Bicchoo, Gupt) .

Shilpa Shetty vs Shamita Shetty

Shilpa Shetty vs Shamita Shetty

Shilpa Shetty has had her days of fame with Rishtey, Dhadkan, Phir Milenge back in the late 90s, and early 2000s. But even after a stagnant period, her Celebrity Big Brother season 5 win got her back in the limelight landing her with ‘Life in a Metro’. On the other hand, even though younger sister Shamita Shetty began her career well with Amitabh Bachchan and SRK starrer Mohabbatein, and won accolades for her performance, she faded away from the limelight after she decided to pursue her first love for interior designing.

Kajol vs Tanisha Mukherji

Kajol vs Tanisha Mukherji

Tanisha barely tasted commercial success with Ram Gopal Verma’s Sarkar, but soon faded away. With a limited number of Hindi films to her credit she also acted in Tamil and Telugu films but eventually moved to TV reality shows like Bigg Boss season 7, and Fear Factor: Khatron Ka Khiladi. So, in front of Kajol’s star-studded, award-winning, commercially hit career (DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Gupt, Baazigar, My Name is Khan — the list is never ending!), Tanisha’s success with the TV shows can be termed rather bland.

Rishi Kapoor vs Randhir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor vs Randhir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor won a National Award for his performance as a child actor in Mera Naam Joker, and his career kicked off brightly with Bobby, Amar Akbar Anthony, Saagar and the likes. Even today, he is doing well with films like Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kapoor and Sons, and more recently 102 Not Out!. On the contrary, Randhir Kapoor tasted moderate success throughout his career in films (Jawani Diwani, Humrahi) but failed to propel forward after 1985, after which he quit acting for over a decade.

Saif Ali Khan vs Soha Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan vs Soha Ali Khan

Soha even wrote a book titled ‘The Perils of being moderately famous’ to pen her story of being the underachiever in a family of celebrities. With being a modern day princess to parents like yesteryear famous actor Sharmila Tagore, and former Indian Cricket team captain Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Soha is also the sister of Saif Ali Khan. And when their careers are compared it’s quite obvious as to why she is being called an underachiever with only a handful of films to her credit (Rang De Basanti, Saheb Biwi Aur Gulam, Go Goa Gone). Saif on the other hand has been quite the rage since Dil Chahta Hai, moving on to LOC Kargil, Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail, Race. Need we say more?

Salman Khan vs Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan

alman Khan vs Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan

The way ‘bhai’ has achieved success, fame and garnered millions of fans, elder brother Arbaaz (Hello Brother, Dabangg) and younger brother Sohail (Maine Pyaar Kyu Kiya) fall leagues behind him. While both brothers tried their luck in acting with Salman neither of them found success, and eventually moved over to film direction and production. No matter how much Salman is criticised for his recent choice of films, the fact that he has a massive lot of devoted fans cannot be ignored. His films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kick, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi have all tasted success.