Akshaye! Great guy, started out super young as a youthful love interest hero, by his late 20s had graduated to kind of more interesting and original work, then took a 4 year sabbatical, and returned as a powerhouse of a character actor.
This is from 1997, the year Akshaye was launched and made 3 films in a row. His first starring role was in this one, as part of a love triangle with Madhuri Dixit (coincidentally, launched opposite his father about 10 years earlier). Anyway, check out Madhuri’s great hair and all black look! “O Baby Don’t Break My Heart”
Same era, this time with Aishwarya, Akshaye looking terrible in khakis and Aish looking fantastic in a simple cotten Salwar, “Aa Ab Laut Chalen”
Finally, my favorite Akshaye era! When he was a little more confident in himself and taking kind of off-beat hero roles instead of just the standard. Don’t forget his cameo in his brother’s great spoof movie Bollywood/Hollywood.
Dil Chahta Hai, of course, where his one featured song wasn’t the best, but otherwise he quietly dominated the movie, “Kaise Hai Ye Rut”
Also, Hulchul! My own little favorite. First for this song that turns romantic by accident, after starting with them over-acting and faking it to trick the other one, “Rafta Rafta”
And then my favorite item song, like, EVER, “Lut Gayee”. All Akshaye has to do is stride around and look dignified and not notice people, but he does it very well.
Same era, Akshaye took up the role of the cynical investigator for one of those “young couple trapped in a mystery movies, with Shahid and Kareena playing the charming young couple. The best bit is the end credits song, where he just coolly refuses to dance, “China Town”
And then he left, disappeared for years. But now we have him back! YAAAAAAAAAY! Only, no more songs. He’s playing all these cool character parts now, the kind that doesn’t get songs. Well, except for promotion songs, look how neat he looks in “Ittefaq Se”!