In Bollywood, leading ladies, with the exception of Vidya Balan (“Kahaani,” “The Dirty Picture”), can’t open a picture on name alone, leaving the business with male-dominated hits. But those stars are aging: In 2013, Bollywood blockbuster “Chennai Express” starred 48-year-old Shah Rukh Khan (pictured with Aamir) while Aamir Khan, 48, and Salman Khan, 47, debuted as leading men more than 20 years ago. Other slightly younger leading men include Saif Ali Khan, 43, Ajay Devgn, 44, Akshay Kumar, 46, and Hrithik Roshan, 39, but who is the next generation? While Imran Khan, 30, Neil Nitin Mukesh, 31, and Shahid Kapoor, 32, have failed to live up to their early promise, a new breed, generation next as it were, is making its mark.
Here are the contenders:
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