LOOKING BACK AT A ROLLERCOASTER YEAR, WHERE TALENT ROSE TO THE TOP AND MEDIOCRITY SANK BADLY
For celebrities around the world, 2019 was another year filled with highs, lows and unexpected turns. There were triumphs, defeats and plenty of things that just should not have happened. Here is my look back over the past 12 months at my celebrity winners and losers of 2019, including two talents that stood out above the rest.
Lilly Singh: Woman of the year is the YouTube sensation turned TV host, who did the impossible and bagged herself a late night talk show filled with A-list stars in USA. She has inspired a generation of youngsters to believe that anything is possible.
Ayushmann Khurrana: Man of the year is an actor who is on the most incredible run in Bollywood and followed up two hits in 2018 with three more blockbusters in 2019. His out-of-thebox subjects have shown the rest of Hindi cinema that content is king.
Hrithik Roshan: A dream year for the A-list star included the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019 with War and an incredible performance in hit drama Super 30. He was also named the sexiest Asian Man of 2019 and the decade, which received huge global media coverage.
Alia Bhatt: The crown princess of Bollywood won awards, starred in India’s Oscar entry Gully Boy and bagged further projects that will likely elevate her to the very top. She also topped Eastern Eye’s globally renowned list of 50 Sexiest Asian Women.
Naomi Scott: The half-Indian British beauty had a dream Hollywood year that included a lead role in Aladdin, which grossed over a billion dollars at the box office and a starring role in action blockbuster Charlie’s Angels.
Charli XCX: The pop superstar showed once again she is the perfect combination of singing, song writing and looking iconic. The half-Indian British star had another incredible year, which included arguably the best album of 2019.
Sukh Ojla: The new stand-up comedy talent that everyone was talking about this year was the British funny girl. Her highlights included owning the stage at shows with other comedians and presenting her solo show at Edinburgh Fringe. Look out for her solo tour in 2020.
Himesh Patel: The talented actor announced himself to the big time with a wonderful lead role in Danny Boyle directed musical comedy Yesterday. He bagged himself further big projects and will next be seen in high-profile science fiction comedy Avenue 5.
Bilal Ashraf: With Fawad Khan seemingly stuck, Pakistani cinema has been in desperate need of a leading man with international calibre and Bilal stepped up with his role in Superstar. Expect the man officially named as sexiest Pakistani of 2019 to rise further.
Zoya Akhtar: The writer/director had a double triumph by delivering Oscar entry Gully Boy and acclaimed Amazon series Made In Heaven. She continued to make a mark in a male-dominated terrain and has blazed a trail for other women writers/directors.
Arjun Kapoor: The actor followed up a terrible 2018 with a disastrous 2019 that included high-profile flops India’s Most Wanted and Panipat. His film Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is reportedly so bad it doesn’t have any takers. It looks like the beginning of the end for the actor.
Sidharth Malhotra: The actor has been going in reverse in the past few years again and continued the downward spiral with two further Bollywood disappointments. Although the has further chances to turn things around, it doesn’t look likely.
Priyanka Chopra: The A-list star probably received arguably the most negative publicity of her career and things got so bad that there were petitions calling for her to be removed as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She was also labelled a warmonger. Her film The Sky Is Pink failed badly at the box office.
Meesha Shafi: Many feel the singer has damaged the Me Too movement in Pakistan. It has been over 18 months since she accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Whilst he has provided witnesses, along with video evidence, she doesn’t seem to be willing to face him in court or provide evidence.
Saif Ali Khan: The actor continued his nosedive in Bollywood with another disastrous film, and the second series of Sacred Games received largely negative reviews.
Karan Johar: The super producer seems to be losing his creative edge. His film Kalank was an epic disaster and the awful Drive was deemed to be so bad that it went straight to a Netflix release. Meanwhile, Kesari and Student Of the Year 2 didn’t match expectations.
Vikram Bhatt: The rubbish director has a career littered with terrible films and Sanaya Irani was the latest star to suffer. Bhatt wasted the opportunity of launching the talented TV actress into cinema with awful film Ghost. He looks all set to repeat that awfulness with Hina Khan’s debut film Hacked.
Emraan Hashmi: It has been such a long time since the actor was in a successful film that it’s a wonder why he is still offered Bollywood projects. He delivered two more duds films in 2019 and also starred in cliché ridden Netflix series Bard Of Blood, which many felt added to tensions between India and Pakistan.
Sonakshi Sinha: The actress has become a specialist in starring in disastrous films. Three out of her four films have failed in 2019, with the only success being Mission Mangal, where she only had a small role. Her new film Dabangg 3, which releases this week, also looks like a disaster.