Aryan Khan: For 26 days following his arrest on October 3 in an NCB drug raid on a cruise ship, Aryan Khan grabbed headlines every day. When he finally drove out of jail on October 30 following a hard-won legal battle for bail, he was no longer just Shah Rukh Khan’s 23-year-old star son. He was the year’s biggest newsmaker.
Dilip Kumar: On July 7, the country woke up to the news that Dilip Kumar had passed away at 7.30 am. He had been ailing for a while but it still came as a shock to know that the thespian was gone, just two years short of a century. With him an era ended.
Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif: VicKat’s destination wedding in Rajasthan was the stuff fairytales are made of. It seemed straight out of a Karan Johar movie, the man himself was there orchestrating the sangeet. It ended with Kat metamorphosing into a typical Punjabi bride, showing off her choodas and halwa. Namaste London for real!
Siddharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill: Big Boss 13 lovebirds were getting ready to take the pheras when 40-year-old Siddharth passed away in his sleep. A grieving Shernaaz became Google’s Top Searched Female Personality of 2021 and the third most Googled personality in India.
Akshay Kumar: His Bell Bottom, was the first Hindi film to release in the theatres after the second lockdown while Sooryanvanshi brought the audience back to the theatres this Diwali. He is Santa too, coming with the gift of Atrangi Ray. Not even a pandemic can slow down Mr Khiladi.
Ranveer Singh: In October, the actor brought The Big Picture to the small screen, In November, Inspector Sangram Bhaleroa aka Simmba returned with Sooryavanshi. In December, he brought the ’83 World Cup home. The Cirkus continues in 2022.
Sidharth Malhotra: Shershaah and Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra resurrected his career as Karan Johar’s student is entering his 10th year in the Hindi film industry. With three aces up his sleeve—the espionage thriller Mission Majnu, a comedy Thank You and an action franchise Yodha—Sid has reason to celebrate… With good friend Kiara Advani.
Kangana: The actress has picked up a fight with just about everyone, from Taapsee Pannu to protesting farmers. Her comments on our struggle for independence had many demanding that her Padma Shree be taken away. So what if Twitter has permanently suspended her account, The Queen who won her fourth National Award will not be silenced.
Priyanka Chopra: She had the social media in a tizzy when she dropped Jonas from her Instagram handle, leading to speculations of a split. Her answer was to roast Nick and his brothers on a Netflix show, sharing later that some of the jokes had been rewritten by her hubby because she was not “mean enough”. During The Matrix Resurrection promotions, when she was referred to as the “wife of Nick Jonas”, PeeCee expressed her displeasure, quipping, “Should I add my IMDB link to my bio?” Touche.
Ayushmann Khurrana: After becoming a sperm donar, calling out fat shaming, admitting to erecticle dysfunction, going prematurely bald, talimg about phone sex and celebrating parental pregnancy, Bollywood’s bravest actor dared to play an Alpha male in love wth a transgender in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Way to go…
Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi: The two Bollywood imports have got embroiled in a jailhouse drama with conman Sukesh Chandrashekar claiming that he gave them luxury cars, Hermes bracelets and Gucci handbags. Chandrashekhar was arrested in connection with a Rs 200 crore money laundering case and this time no Bhoot Police or Stree could save the girls from questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.
Raj Kundra, Shilpa, and Shamita Shetty: After two months in jail, Raj Kundra was granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000 with certain conditions. The Mumbai Police’s supplementary chargesheet had named him as an accused in connection to the alleged creation and publishing of pornographic films on mobile applications. Raj who was lodged in the Arthur Road Jail, has since reunited with wife Shilpa and their children, while sister-in-lawShamita Shetty remains locked in the Bigg Boss House.
Preity: Preity Zinta who has been faithfully cheering her IPL team every year, had something bigger to cheer about this year. Husband Gene Goodenough and she welcomed twins, Jia and Gia, via surrogacy. She announced the commencement of a new journey on November 18 Ting!
Sushmita Sen: Her Arya went to the International Emmys and though it lost the coveted award for Best Drama Series to the Isreali series Tehran, the second season is getting raves in plenty. Even Salman Khan complimented Sushmita for “killing it” in the hoarding. The actress revealed that she had been diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 2014 which took the fight out of her body. But she hit back with nunchaku and in 2019 there were no more steroids, no withdrawals and no auto immune condition. Attagirl!