Sunday, April 17, 2011

What ever happened to...Sneha Ullal?

Nope, that's not Aishwarya Rai! She may have only appeared in one (okay, two) Bollywood movies, but Sneha Ullal still left an impression on my mind--not for any exceptional acting skills, but mostly for the ultra hype surrounding her "debut."

Sneha was touted as Salman Khan's "discovery" back in 2005 when she appeared alongside him in Lucky: No Time for Love. She was a big deal for two main reasons. First, was her uncanny resemblance to Aish (sorry, but no one can doubt that). Second, was the fact that she was only 17 at the time of the film's release! So, basically, she was the leading lady to a man over twice her age. Awkward.

Lucky was just a weird movie. No other real way to describe it. The next year, Sneha appeared in Aryan with Sohail Khan, which was a box office disaster. And that was basically the end of Sneha's Bollywood career (although apparently she was in some movie called Click in 2010?). After her Bollywood fail, Sneha went on to work in Telegu movies with limited success.

Sneha wasn't some amazing actress, but she was only 17 at the time. I feel like she never got the chance to reach her full potential. Her main pitfall? I'm pretty sure it was her resemblance to Aish. If you look like a megastar, you're bound to be compared to them--and fail. Remember Harman Baweja? Or Zarine Khan (though it's too early to determine her Bollywood fate.)? I feel bad for Sneha. She seemed cute, sweet, and definitely beautiful. But naturally, the Aish lovers would turn into Sneha haters and Sneha became a prime example of how appearing with an A-list actor doesn't determine future success.

The last time Sneha made (Bollywood) headlines was last year with rumors of her being a contestant on Bigg Boss 4--which clearly didn't happen. I have a feeling that Sneha Ullal will remain a name of the past, unless the poor girl manages to make her mark down South. She's currently only 23, after all!

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