THE TOP NEW FACES OF BOLLYWOOD IN 2011
The New Year 2011 has begun and like each year this year too, our film industry is sure to see a bunch of fresh, talented newcomers who would be making their debut.....
Probably one of the early debutants of this year, Monica is originally a singer-musician and is part of the rock band Shaair +Func. She is now all set to showcase her acting skills as she plays Shai in Kiran Rao's maiden directorial venture Dhobi Ghat. The film has been released just a few days ago and but Monica has already managed to stand out despite sharing screen space with none other than Aamir Khan. this girl would be seen more in front of the camera than crooning behind the mic.
Rana Daggubatti is South India's latest export to Bollywood and will be seen in Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu. Grandson of Telugu movie moghul Dr.D.Ramanaidu and son of producer D.Suresh Babu, Rana impressed one and all with his very first Telugu feature film - Leader. It will be interesting to watch if this tall and good looking youngster manages to make a name for himself in Bollywood in the days to come.
Every aspiring actress would die for an opportunity to debut opposite the nation's latest heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor. In that respect, Nargis Fakhri is indeed one lucky girl for she not only debuts opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar but also has the super-talented Imtiaz Ali directing her in the film. Even before the release of her debut film, Nargis has been in the news for her closeness to her co-star Ranbir. If some of her pics are anything to go by, expect a scorching hot summer this May when this bombshell sets the screen ablaze in Rockstar.
Now this young bloke's debut is among the most looked forward to this year. After all, Varun is the younger son of director David Dhawan and is all set to make his debut in Dharma Productions and Red Chillies' co-production Student Of The Year. Varun could have been easily launched by his dad himself but seems like this kid has decided to make his own mark. Nevertheless, he simply couldn't have asked for a better launch-pad. After all, which newcomer can boast of being directed by Karan Johar in a project backed by Shah Rukh Khan.
Mahesh Bhatt was there to launch his daughter Pooja Bhatt but this time around Bhatt Senior has entrusted the responsibility of launching his daughter Alia in the able hands of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. Daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, Alia is the female lead in Student Of The Year, a film which is set around a college campus. The last time KJo weaved a story around a college campus, he created history with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Alia, Varun, Siddharth and Co. will be hoping that history is recreated yet again with their maiden film too.
Karan Johar joked during a recent interview that 'There is now a separate Malhotra wing in Dharma productions'. And why not? After all in the recent past Dharma has seen many Malhotras being launched such as Punit Malhotra (director of I Hate LUV Storys), Siddharth P. Malhotra (director of We Are Family) and Karan Malhotra (director of the forthcoming Agneepath remake). Now yet another actor is all set to join the Malhotra brigade at Dharma and he is none other than Siddharth Malhotra who would be seen in KJo's directorial venture Student Of The Year. After assisting his mentor on My Name Is Khan, this young lad from Delhi with no filmy connections whatsoever would be more than thrilled at the prospect being launched by KJo and SRK. While he indeed has the looks to be a star, it's his acting which will finally determine how far he would go in this highly competitive industry.
Ileana is yet another South siren who is all set to try her hand in the big, bad world of Bollywood. She would be seen playing the second female lead in Anurag Basu's Barfee alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Born in Mumbai and raised in Goa, this Catholic girl made her debut in Telegu cinema in 2006 with the film Devadasu. Since then there has been no looking back for Ileana who has featured in blockbusters down South such as Pokiri and Kick. She is also gearing up to play the role played by Kareena Kapoor in the Tamil and Telugu versions of 3 Idiots. This girl is indeed going places and how!
Last year, Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi made a smashing debut with Dabangg and if all goes well, this year would see the debut of Govinda's daughter Narmada Ahuja. Even though news of her debut film has been making the rounds for a while, the project is yet to be officially announced. The buzz is that Narmada would be making her debut with a romantic comedy, the script of which has been recently finalized.
He is someone who has films in his DNA. After all, he is the son of Boney Kapoor, one of Bollywood's most well-known producers. 20 something Arjun Kapoor has already assisted in films such as Shakti and Kal Ho Naa Ho. He is also an active part of his father's production house and was actively involved during the making of No Entry. Now Arjun is all set to debut as an actor in a Yash Raj film and considering the lineage that his family boasts of, his debut will certainly be keenly looked forward to
Yet another newcomer from a filmy family is all set to make his debut this year and he is none other than Girish Taurani (son of well-known producer Kumar Taurani). While Taurani's company Tips has successfully launched actors such as Shahid Kapoor in the past, this launch vehicle it extra special. Girish's debut film will be directed by Prabhudeva who last delivered a blockbuster in the form of Wanted.
Besides the above mentioned names there are a few more actors such as Chirag Paswan (son of Ram Vilas Paswan), Kriti Malhotra (in Dhobi Ghat) and Nilesh Sahay (nephew of Sanjay Dutt) who would be making their debuts this year.
Kulraj started her career as a model and soon landed a role in the popular tele-serial 'Kareena Kareena'. She worked in a Punjabi film 'Mannat' opposite Jimmy Shergill. This Chandigarh based girl has been cast opposite Bobby Deol in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana'.
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Sarah was a popular model on the fashion circuit before she tried her hand at anchoring TV shows. She participated in the 2007 Miss India contest and won the crown. Sarah who has done a Tamil film has been cast opposite Abhishek Bachchan in the film 'Game'.
Vivaan Shah, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah's son is definitely making a rocking Bollywood debut. After all, he will be making his first big screen appearance in film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj's film 'Saat Khoon Maaf'. Vivaan plays one of Priyanka Chopra's seven husbands.
This svelte Spanish actor joined the cast of Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' that boasts big names like Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin. Ariadna has mostly acted in TV shows in Spain and is a trained flamenco dancer.
With her girl-next-door looks, Twinkle acquired fame with her performance in Zee's 'Ghar Ki Laxmi Betiyaan'. She was also a finalist on the reality television music competition show, 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005'. She will make her Bollywood debut in Vikram Bhatt's film 'Haunted'.