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While the entry of a debut star becomes the talk of the town in no time, it is also often seen that a successful star suddenly decides to step down and bid farewell to their art and audience. Well, their fans are not just left heartbroken; they have become even more curious about what is happening in the star's lives.
It is not easy to leave behind stardom, but some celebs have done that with utter grace and have no regrets. They are happy at their present stages of life and have new things to look forward to. Let us look at these 10 Bollywood celebs who opted out of the glam world and are no longer seen on the silver screen.
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Rocking the dance floors with his clean moves, the handsome hunk, Harman Baweja mersmerised audiences with his all-rounder performances. With successful hits like Love Story 2050, What’s Your Rashee? and others, Harman was the heartbeat of millions of people who saw a rising star in him. However, this glory was short-lived as the actor decided to step down from acting in the year 2014. Nevertheless, he chose a new path closely linked to the entertainment industry and instead began to take up as a producer for his home production company, Baweja Studios Private Limited.
Who could have forgotten that bubbly smile and dimple cheeks? The beautiful, Preity Zinta needs no other introduction, and nearly all her films have been massively successful. In 2009, Preity decided to take a sabbatical from acting to focus on her budding cricket team, Kings XI Punjab, with only occasional returns to the screen. However, post marriage with her American partner, Gene Goodenough, in 2016, she left acting altogether and began to reside in Los Angeles. In 2021, she announced the birth of her twins, a boy and a girl, via surrogacy.
Donning the perfect chocolate-boy avatar, Imran Khan treated our screens right from his debut performance in the film, Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na in 2008. His performance has been nevertheless appreciated by a career graph full of both ups and downs. With his last box office failure with the movie, Katti Batti, he seems to have taken a leave from the film industry. Interestingly, he has taken up an alternate course to his career and is a proud social activist. Ever since his acting stints ended, he prefers to keep a low profile.
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Rising bright in her acting career within a short time is the brilliant actor Zaira Wasim. Being a recipient of both a National and a Filmfare award at a young age, Zaira’s sudden announcement to leave the showbiz world shocked all her fans. After blockbuster performances in movies like, Dangal, Secret Superstar and The Sky is Pink, the young actress in the year 2019 announced that she would be leaving her acting career as it conflicts with her religious beliefs and faiths.
The icon of romance in the 90s, Rahul Roy, has been a popular name in many households ever since his debut performance. Notable for his most loved performance in the film, Aashiqui, he became an overnight superstar. Having given a blockbuster movie in no time, his appearance on the screen gradually decreased with time as he stepped down from films altogether.
An embodiment of sheer grace is the lovely actress, Asin Thottumkal. Known for her versatile performances across eight lingual film industries, she entered Bollywood with a blockbuster film, Ghajini. Proving her acting mettle in all her subsequent films, she soon made a place in the hearts of the audiences. However, she took leave from the film industry post-2015. Currently, she is enjoying a lovely phase of parenthood with her 5-year-old daughter. For the unversed, she is married to business tycoon Rahul Sharma, the ex-founder of the brand Micromax.
Ruling the 80s film decade in all his might, the supremely talented, Kumar Gaurav needs no introduction. A mascot of continuous hit films, his debut performance in the movie, Love Story was a blockbuster. However, having a film-centric career throughout, it was in 2006 that he appeared in his last film, My Daddy Strongest and chose to spearhead in an altogether different direction. Married to Sanjay Dutt’s sister, Namrata Dutt, Kumar Gaurav now heads his own construction business.
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A prolific actress and a headstrong woman in every sense, Twinkle Khanna is revered for her personality by everyone. Belonging from a great legacy of a film family, she has been a part of the industry for a long time. Married to the famous actor, Akshay Kumar, she secured a similar hit career graph in acting as well. Notable for her work in the film, Barsaat, Twinkle stepped down from acting in 2001, and went on to become an author and an interior designer.
Being a part of the film industry right from his childhood, the talented Jugal Hansraj has been loved by a massive audience for a long time. With his innocently handsome looks, he has won the audience’s hearts with his equally brilliant acting. Having starred in popular films like, Mohabbatein he has been a recipient of many prestigious awards. However, bidding adieu to the film industry in 2017, he took up writing as his newly found love and has published many books.
Being the sheer heartbeat of audiences from fans in the belts of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi film industries is the stunning, Sameera Reddy. Marking her Bollywood debut with the film, Maine Dil Tujhko Diya, Sameera has been a part of many successful films and has received immense love from her fans. However, she too has recorded a short span of time in the acting field and has stepped down post her marriage with long-time beau and entrepreneur, Akshai Varde. Currently, a mom of two, Sameera is an internet sensation, who shares fun banters on her social media.
Well, we definitely miss watching all of them on-screen. Let us know whose work from the above you miss the most!
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