As 2019 comes to a close, it is time to take a look at new talents that Bollywood will introduce over the next 12 months. The mix looks interesting, comprising outsiders as well as starkids.
A quick stock of newcomers who made their debut in 2019 shows Ananya Panday has surely been the most impressive. Chunky Pandey's daughter was liked for her performance in Student Of The Year 2, despite the film's below-expectation show.
In Pati Patni Aur Woh, she struck effortless chemistry with Kartik Aaryan. Others who garnered attention included Ananya's SOTY 2 co-star Tara Sutaria, Amrish Puri's grandson Vardhan Puri (whose debut film Yeh Saali Aashiqui failed to click), Vardhan's co-star Shivaleeka Oberoi, Nutan's grand-daughter Pranutan Bahl (Notebook) and Bhagyashree's son Abhimanyu Dassani (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota). Sunny Deol's son Karan Deol and his co-star Sahher Bambba (Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas) and Zaheer Iqbal (Notebook) were a few other debutants.
With every new year, the stakes become tougher for Bollywood newcomers. Can the class of 2020 manage to pass the box office test with flying colours?
We take a look at the B-Town entrants who might create a buzz in 2020.
Ever since Manushi earned the Miss Universe crown in 2017, the Indian audiences has been waiting to hear the news of her B-Town debut. It's finally happening. Manushi is all set to make her Bollywood debut in 2020 opposite Akshay Kumar. She plays Sanyogita in Chandraprakash Dwivedi's period drama Prithviraj, which stars Akshay Kumar in the title role. The YRF flick is slated to hit theatres in Diwali.
Being Katrina Kaif's sister can be an advantage, but there is also the drawback of expectation. Isabelle has done a brief role in a 2014 crossover film titled Dr Cabbie before this, and has featured in cosmetics brand endorsements. She makes her Bollywood debut in Karan Butani's movie Kwatha, a drama set against an Army backdrop and starring Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma.
Suniel Shetty's daughter Athiya has already forayed in Bollywood, and now it is the son's turn. Ahan will make his debut with the Hindi remake of the 2018 Telugu film RX 100. The Milan Luthria directorial is titled Tadap and features Tara Sutaria opposite Ahan.
Unconfirmed reports state Pooja Bedi's daughter Alaia F. has signed a three-film deal even before her debut film releases, with producer Jay Shewakramani of Northern Lights Films. In her debut film, Alaia plays Saif Ali Khan's daughter in his co-production, Jawaani Jaaneman. The slice-of-life father-daughter story also stars Tabu.
Even though no official announcement has been made, the grapevine is abuzz that Chunky Pandey's nephew and Ananya Panday's cousin Ahaan Pandey will make his Bollywood debut in an action flick backed by Yash Raj Films. Reports claim that the youngster is preparing hard to make himself suitable for the industry, and is undergoing acting and dance training. Looks like YRF might make an announcement soon.
Shalini impressed with her performance in Vijay Deverakonda's Telugu superhit Arjun Reddy a couple of year back, and went on to feature in several Tamil and Telugu films including the critically acclaimed Mahanati. The 25-year-old is now all set to foray into B-Town as Ranveer Singh's heroine in the YRF comedy drama Jayeshbhai Jordaar.
National Award-winner Keerthy Suresh will make her B-Town debut with Ajay Devgn in the biographical sports drama Maidaan. The Amit Sharma directorial is a biopic of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who changed the course of the game in India.
Television actress Krystle D'Souza makes her Bollywood debut in the psychological suspense drama Chehre, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi. The film is directed by Rumi Jaffery. Krystle, 29, has been a popular face on TV thanks to her daily soaps such as Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Brahmarakshas: Jaag Utha Shaitaan and Belan Wali Bahu.
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