Thursday, May 14, 2009

Deepika Padukone versus Sonam Kapoor.

Deepika Padukone versus Sonam Kapoor.

The viewers of bollywood films wonder between Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor, who has the greater prospect. The general comparison between the two star arises because they started their film career almost at the same time. In 2007 Sonam Kapoor acted in her first film Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor, while Deepika Padukone stormed bollywood with her first film Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan.

At the same time both Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were daughters of celebrities. Sonam Kapoor will always face comparison with her father Anil Kapoor who was superstar of the 80s. Although Deepika Padukone’s father Prakash Padukone was a star in a different field, that is badminton, she will have the challenge of matching her father in name, fame and popularity.

Regarding the beginning of their career, Deepika Padukone had a dream start, as her first film ended up being a blockbuster. But to what extent it happened due to the individual performance of Deepika Padukone was a big question. Shahrukh Khan’s double role, Arjun Rampal’s performance in a negative role, the brilliant songs like “tumko paya hai” sung by Sonu Nigam and other songs like “aankhon me teri”, was the backbone of the success of the film. Besides, the title song “om shanty om” had huge number of stars like Dharmender, Jeetender and Kajol, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta, etc., performing together. Even the song “dheem tana nana” had actors of the 60s and 70s like Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetender, superimposed with the sequence of Deepika’s dance number.

On the other hand Sonam Kapoor’s beginning in Sawaariya was not that eventful. It was a film of Sanjay Leela Banshali and along with Ranbir Kapoor, established performers like Salman Kan and Rani Mukherjee acted in the film along with the new pair. In that count, Deepika Padukone started with a greater popularity than Sonam Kapoor.

But in the last two years, while Deepika’s later films had mixed results, Sonam Kapoor’s other film got both success and critical acclamation. Deepika’s film Bacchna Aye Haseeno with Ranbir Kapoor became hit, but her other film Chandni Chowk to China with Akshay Kumar did mediocre business.

Sonam Kapoor’s film Dilli 6, released this year, had story, powerful performance from different actors and actresses like Abhishek Bacchan, Rishi Kapoor, Wahida Rehman, Om Puri, etc., and also powerful music. Viewers realized that whenever good scripts were given to Sonam Kapoor, she showed her potentials.

The real test of the two actresses lies from here onwards. Both had become familiar faces in bollywood films. They have to compete with new stars like Kangana Ranaut, Asin and also established stars like Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, etc. The viewers expect both of them to do well and bring innovation in the bollywood industry with their performances.

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