PeepingMoon 2020: Alaya F to Jitendra Kumar, presenting the Debuts of the year in films


While the year 2019 was filled with promising Bollywood debuts, 2020 saw a slow wave in terms of new actors entering the showbiz, thanks to the global pandemic leading to theatres being shut for good eight months. However, in the initial months of the year, the audience did see new faces joining the film industry and leaving a positive impression. Be it Alaaya F in Jawaani Jaaneman or Jeetendra Kumar in Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan, the newbies made sure to turn the heads.

As the year comes to an end,  presents to you the fresh faces who are the potential faces of Indian cinema.

Alaya F - Jawaani Jaaneman 

The new star kid on the block, Alaya F, made her Hindi film debut with Nitin Kakkar's Jawaani Jaaneman in January 2020. In the family comedy-drama, the actress played a 21-year-old pregnant girl claiming a 40-year-old man (Saif Ali Khan) who has hatred for marriages to be her father. While a string of fresh faces were making their inroads into the Hindi film industry, most placed their bets on Alaya F. The young actress with her talent and refreshing screen presence was the most promising debutante of the year and left an indelible mark on the audience. She bowled over the critics and received unanimous praise for her performance in the coming-of-age film. 

Jitendra Kumar - Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Make way for the most unconventional yet important debut of the year - Jitendra Kumar. We all know him as the poster boy of TVF but who knew the actor would so effortlessly slip into a homosexual character of  Aman Tripathi in Ayushmann Khurrana's Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Not only did he win hearts for normalizing the 'gay' word in cinema but also for playing his role with utmost honesty and dedication. He was relatable, confident and earnest as a ‘gay man'. He balanced his romance with Ayushmann with much ease, without making it 'uncomfortable' for the audience. It wouldn't be wrong to say that TVF's most successful import to films is our beloved Jitu Bhaiya!

Hina Khan - Hacked 

Even though Television's favourite bahu Hina Khan's Bollywood debut Hacked failed to make much of a buzz, her performance definitely came across as the saving grace of a rather boring film. Hina, who entered Bollywood with Vikram Bhatt's Hacked, was appreciated for her strong on-screen presence. She handled a thin plot with much grace and strength.

Sanjana Sanghi - Dil Bechara

Newbie Sanjana Sanghi had the unexpected burden to carry Mukesh Chhabra's directorial debut Dil Bechara on her shoulders alone after losing her co-star Sushant Singh Rajput. And it wouldn't be wrong to say that she did her job well. The actress caught the audiences’ attention with her brief roles in Rockstar, Hindi Medium, and Fukrey but made an impact with her debut role as a lead actress opposite late SSR in Dil Bechara. Sanjana’s poised and sensitive performance in the film won critics' hearts. As Kizzie, a young 20-year-old college student suffering from thyroid cancer, Sanjana came across like a breath of fresh air. Her heavy-hearted and emotional scenes performed with uncanny ease and an affable charm worked in her favour, and her  sweet chemistry with Sushant helped her pave way into audience hearts.