Bollywood Debuts in 2012
2012 promises a lot of new faces in Bollywood. Who are the ones to watch? The Times of India released its list of tomorrow’s B-town superstars. Most of these young hopefuls already have connections to the industry. In some cases, it’s a family affair while others are foreign imports. Who will dance their way into the hearts of Bollywood fans? Watch out for these faces and let us know who you like best!
Varun Dhawan: David Dhawan’s elder son Rohit Dhawan made his debut as a director in 2011 with Desi Boyz. His younger son Varun Dhawan will debut as an actor with Karan Johar’s ambitious project ‘Student of the Year’. Both sons of David Dhawan have paved their own path into Bollywood without the need of their father having to launch them. Varun has earlier assisted Karan Johar on My Name is Khan.
Alia Bhatt: Other than David Dhawan’s son, Karan Johar will also be introducing Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt in his campus love-story ‘Student of the Year’. Alia Bhatt is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter from his second wife Soni Razdan. Again like in the case of Varun Dhawan, even Alia isn’t being launched by the Bhatt banner Vishesh Films, especially when Bhatts are known for introducing several new talents in Bollywood. Nevertheless with Karan Johar at the helm of affairs, it should be a dream debut for Alia anyways.
Siddharth Malhotra: Siddharth completes the debut factor in the lead cast of Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’. Not to be confused with the director of We Are Family (also a Karan Johar production), Siddharth Malhotra is a Delhi boy who boasts of great looks. Karan Johar would ensure he acts well too.
Arjun Kapoor: 2012 seems to be a year when most celebrity children are being launched in banners outside their home productions. Prominent Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor’s son and Anil Kapoor’s nephew, Arjun Kapoor will be launched by Yash Raj Films. Arjun was to debut with a film called ‘Virus Diwan’ until the banner scrapped the project and is now introducing him with ‘Ishaqzaade’ to be directed by Do Dooni Chaar director Habib Faisal. Like Cousin Sonam Kapoor, even Arjun used to be overweight at 140 kgs. But under Salman Khan’s gym-guidance, he lost oodles of weight and is now his smashing-self. Arjun Kapoor assisted on films like Kal Ho Na Ho, Salaam-e-Ishq, Wanted and No Entry.
Ileana D’cruz: Ileana is a popular Telugu actress who has to her credit superhit films like Pokiri, Kick and Nenu Naa Rakshasi. She makes her Bollywood debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Barfii’. Director Anurag Basu has put her through meticulous diction coaching so that she is comfortable with the Hindi language. And with Ranbir playing a mute character, she is expected to do all the talking in the film. Subsequently she will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Khiladi 786′ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2′.
Tapsee Pannu: Another Telugu actress Tapsee Pannu will be making her debut in the remake of ‘Chashme Buddoor’ being directed by David Dhawan. The charming actress will be reprising Deepti Naval’s role from the original and is paired opposite Ali Zafar in the film. Tapsee was a Miss India contestant in 2008.
Amy Jackson: After Katrina Kaif and Nargis Fakhri, Amy Jackson in another foreign import in Bollywood who will make her debut opposite Prateik Babbar in ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ – the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The ravishing looking actress has won titles like Miss Teen 2008 and has already worked in a Tamil film Madrasapattinam.
Esha Gupta: Model Esha Gupta bagged the role in ‘Jannat 2′ for her hot looks and sex appeal. Bhatts wanted an actress with a bold body language and thereby she replaced girl-next-door Prachi Desai who was earlier signed for the film. The dusky bombshell is known as the desi Angelina Jolie in modeling world and was also considered as the second lead for Krrish sequel.
Pulkit Samrat: Best known for his television stint as Lakshya Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Pulkit Samrat was out of the scene following fallout with Ekta Kapoor. He now makes his Bollywood debut with ‘Bittoo Boss’ from the same banner that produced the hilarious flick Pyaar Ka Punchnama with a complete new cast.
Imran Zahid: Imran Zahid would be another Bhatt discovery who will debut with ‘Jannat 2′. This theatre artist has worked with Mahesh Bhatt earlier and Jannat 2 will mark his foray into feature films.