Back with a Bang: B-town Actresses who took Sabbaticals Only to Comeback

By Neha Jha

Mar 3, 2018

The birth of a child leads to a change in priorities for a woman. Bollywood actresses took sabbaticals and had to let their careers take a backseat for a while in order to take care of their kids. Many of these actresses made their comeback in the industry once their kids were old enough to not need their mothers all the time.

Here are a few Bollywood actresses who took a sabbatical from work.


The late actress had worked in many films until her marriage to producer Boney Kapoor. Her last film as a leading lady was in 1997 with the film Judaai. She gave birth to her first daughter Jhanvi that same year and, as a result, took a sabbatical from films. Her second daughter Khushi was born in 2000. Sridevi made her comeback on the small screen for some time with Malini Iyer. However, her big screen debut came with Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish in 2014 which was successful. Sridevi is touted to be the only actress to have made a successful comeback post maternity.

2.Madhuri Dixit

Married in 1999, the dhak-dhak girl took a break from movies after her first son Arin was born in 2003. Madhuri had moved to the United States but continued to work until the birth of her son.  Her second son Raayan was born in 2005. Both the kids spent their early childhood in America. However, Madhuri longed to be back on screen. In 2007, she made a comeback with YRF’s Aaja Nachle. The movie failed at the BO, but her fans were happy to see her back. She also debuted on the small screen as the judge of a dance reality show.

3.Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

The former Miss World continued to work in films after her marriage to Abhishek Bachchan. She did 5 back to back films. However, all these movies failed at the box office. Nevertheless, Aishwarya’s performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish was much appreciated. She took a sabbatical of four years after her daughter Aaradhya was born in 2011. She returned to movies in 2015 with Jazbaa opposite Irfan Khan. The movie did not fare well, but Aishwarya was flooded with offers to work in more movies.


A rage in the 90s and early 2000s, Kajol worked in films till the birth of her daughter Nysa in 2003. However, she soon returned as the leading lady with the film Fanaa, opposite Aamir Khan. She was again on sabbatical post the birth of her son Yug in 2010. But, she soon returned with Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, starring opposite her long-time co-star Shah Rukh Khan.

5.Karisma Kapoor

A super successful actress from the 90s, Karisma Kapoor was also the first woman from the mighty Kapoor family to break the patriarchal rules and work in films. She took a break from films after her marriage to businessman Sanjay Kapoor. Her daughter Samaira was born in 2005, post which her marriage went sour. However, the couple reconciled and had a son Kiaan in 2010. Karisma made her comeback in films in 2012 with Vikram Bhatt’s Dangerous Ishq. But the film bombed at the BO.

6.Juhi Chawla

She had kept her marriage to Jay Mehta under wraps for the fear of losing work in the industry. Juhi Chawla continued to appear in movies as supporting characters or giving guest appearances. However, she was not the leading lady anymore. After the birth of her children Jhanvi in 2001 and Arjun in 2003, she continued to work, albeit in smaller roles. Her proper comeback came with Gulab Gang in 2014 opposite Madhuri Dixit.

7.Raveena Tandon

She was already a single mother to two adopted daughters. She continued to work in myriad films, many of which earned her critical acclaim. Raveena Tandon married Anil Thadani in 2004 and a year later gave birth to daughter Rasha. Her son Ranbir was born in 2007. Raveena took a sabbatical for a brief period post which she made her debut with an equally strong role of a mother seeking revenge for her daughter in Maatr.

8.Shilpa Shetty

She worked not just in Bollywood but also in regional cinema including South Indian movies. She married businessman Raj Kundra in 2009 and birthed a son Viaan in 2012. Shilpa had also appeared in international celebrity reality show Big Brother post which she worked in Anurag Basu’s Life in a Metro. She currently judges a dance reality show.

Though except Sridevi, we did not see most these actresses on screen frequently; they do keep us on tenterhooks with news of their latest releases.

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