The first half of 2019 saw a host of fresh talent making their Bollywood debut. Be it Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria in Student Of The Year 2, Abhimanyu Dassani in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota to Siddhant Chaturvedi in Gully Boy, these newbies have managed to create a lasting impression on our minds and have shown immense promise through their launch vehicle.
PeepingMoon.com now presents to you these fresh faces who are the future of great cinema.
Ananya Panday: Student of The Year 2
Cute, delicate and the absolutely lovable daughter of Chunky Panday and Bhavana Pandey- Ananya Panday made her much-awaited debut in Bollywood with Karan Johar produced Student Of The Year 2. Ananya, with her character Shreya Randhawa, proved that she is here to stay. The 20-year-old actress injected the right emotions and fun to a character and added life to it. Be it her graceful dance movements in the song Fakira to pulling off the transition from a college brat cum bully and then great support to Rohan aka Tiger Shroff, Ananya did it all with organic ease. It won’t be wrong to say she was the sunshine of the film.
Abhimanyu Dassani: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
If cult films like Andaz Apna Apna and Deadpool had a love child, it would surely be Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and we are extremely glad that Abhimanyu Dassani, son of Bhagyashree and Himalaya Dassani made his way into films through this one. Abhimanyu as Surya, who is facing a rare disease in which he can’t sense touches, pains, etc. Abhimanyu as Surya fought goons and entertained us with unexpectedly funny sequences and punch lines that brought out his ease with zany humour scenes and shone brightly in them. He fits the bill flawlessly and makes an impressive debut as a person with zero sensation. With Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, Abhimanyu has established himself as an actor to watch out for.
Tara Sutaria: Student of The Year 2
Along with Ananya Panday, Student Of The Year 2 was also responsible to introduce Bollywood to yet another promising actress in the form of the beautiful Tara Sutaria. Tara, an aspiring singer proved to be a perfect amalgamation of beauty with good acting skills. As Mia ‘Mridula’ Chawla, Tara brought to light the character’s layers of jealousy, competitiveness, and go-getter quality really well. Although the character sketch seemed messed up a bit, Tara got it on track with her captivating smile and sharp looks. Living up to her name, Tara is surely one of the brightest stars Bollywood has got this year.
Siddhant Chaturvedi: Gully Boy
Make way for the show stealer of the year-Siddhant Chaturvedi. The actor, who made his digital debut with Farhan Akhtar’s-Ritesh Sidhwani’s web show Inside Edge, bagged a plum role in Zoya Akhtar’s ambitious project Gully Boy. Siddhant, as MC Sher proved to be a winner in all aspects and his efforts to ace the mannerisms of a rapper has now made him a favourite with producers/directors and audience alike. Siddhant shone brightly in a film loaded with powerful actors like Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Kalki Koechlin and others. He made us all take notice of his charming looks of a young boy with traits of a mature performer. His scenes with Ranveer were fine as diamond where he left his sparkle forever. By pulling off a layered character like MC Sher like a master, Siddhant assured that he is all set to take Bollywood by storm.
Mohit Raina: Uri
Mohit Raina made a flawless transition from a successful TV actor to an equally good debut actor with Uri: The Surgical Strike. Mohit, as Major Karan Kashyap made a quintessential entry into Bollywood and showcased his natural ease in front of the camera. Although a brief role, Mohit added a punch of his charm and made way into our hearts with his drool-worthy dimpled smile. Speaking of his character, Mohit lent the correct poise, posture, and sensibility of an Army officer who martyred his life for the nation.
Ankita Lokhande: Manikarnika
Ankita Lokhande joined the bandwagon of TV actresses making a successful career in Bollywood. As Jhalkaribai, Ankita is the quintessential warrior girl who knows her duties right. The actress does a commendable job of transforming from a simple bahu on the small screen to portraying a strong character on the big screen. She has an uncanny comfort in front of the cameras and that is an added benefit for the girl. In Jhalkaribai’s character, Ankita showcased her groomed dancing skills, sword fighting prowess, and horse-riding talent effortlessly. In a throughout Kangana Ranaut show, Ankita found her ground and held on it till the end.
Jaaved Jaafery’s rugged, raw yet pleasing son Meezaan made his debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced Malaal. Meezaan brought out natural ease while portraying Shiva More, a lower-middle-class chawl resident of Mumbai. His organic ability to pull off a character like Shiva, who is unpolished, uneducated yet street smart, did a lot good to the debutant actor. For once, it is difficult to judge that he is a newcomer, all thanks to his rapport with cameras. The actor holds tight onto each frame he appears in and makes his strong screen presence felt. Meezaan in his debut pad makes it clear that he can enact action as well as dance sequences brilliantly. His scenes with Sharmin Segal are honest and well executed.
Zaheer Iqbal: Notebook
Main hu Za’hero’ tera, says Zaheer Iqbal to films rightfully. Zaheer, a protégé of Salman Khan made a delightful debut with Notebook this year and stole hearts with her endearing and sensitive portrayal of Kabir Kaul. Zaheer made a promising debut and showcased the efforts that went behind making his Bollywood ready.
Pranutan Bahl: Notebook
Coming from a lineage of successful actors that includes the late actress Nutan (grandmother), Mohnish Bah l(father), Tanuja (grandmother) and Kajol (aunt), Pranutan Bahl had the pressure of living up to the expectation of the audience and guess what, she did it with absolute grace and honesty. With Notebook, Pranutan proved she has a strong screen presence which makes her a dependable actress to watch out for.
Sharmin Segal: Malaal
Malaal introduced us to yet another enchanting actress- Sharmin Segal. Sharmin, daughter of film editor Bela Segal and niece of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, exudes a pleasant girl next door vibe and is absolutely charming in each frame. It won’t be wrong to say she is made to face the camera. She lends a much-needed freshness to the story and her smile shall make a way into your heart. Sharmin, as the coy Aastha, fits the bit well and does justice to the emotions relevant to the character. Her chemistry with Meezaan is beautiful and speaks volumes of how talented an actress she is. The newbie uplifts a mediocre sketched role and adds a personal touch to it.
Karan Kapadia: Blank
Karan Kapadia, after years of grooming himself for the big screen, finally made his debut with Blank this year. Karan pulled off a decent act in a weak film. The debutante, who is Akshay Kumar’s brother-in-law, brought in a lot of freshness and ruggedness to his role as an alleged suicide bomber. As Haneef, Karan portrays a tough, stoic, confused and ferocious person with conviction and all we want is to see the actor in strongly and well-written films in the future.