The year gone by saw star kids taking their family lineage forward by foraying into the world of acting, besides some TV actors, who were successful in chasing their silver screen dream by landing big Bollywood projects.
While Akshara Haasan, Athiya Shetty, Soooraj Pancholi played their film background card and got their dream launches, small screen’s big names like Kapil Sharma, Gurmeet Choudhary and Karan Singh Grover relied on their talent and managed to make their presence felt with their debuts.
However, Bhumi Pednekar and Harshali Malhotra were the only two names who stood out in the crowded newcomers list of Bollywood with their impressive turns in “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” respectively.
The younger daughter of Kamal Haasan-Sarika and sister of actress Shruti Haasan, Akshara followed in the footsteps of her famous parents and sibling. And she got a dream launch in Bollywood by noted director R Balki, who cast the youngster opposite megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Tamil superstar Dhanush in “Shamitabh”.
Although, the film tanked in the box office, Akshara was noticed by filmmakers and she has already started shooting her next film “Lali Ki Shaadi Mein Ladu Deewana”.
The most-talked about debut of this year was of Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya and Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj in “Hero”. The newcomers were launched by none other than Salman Khan via his home production and the superstar left no stone unturned to promote Athiya and Sooraj.
Both the actors did not manage to impress the critics but they have certainly found a foothold in the industry.
This year also saw the much-delayed debut of Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja, formerly known as Narmadaa, who chose “Second Hand Husband” as her maiden film.
Her launch was not a glitzy affair like the other star kids, but the film starred Dharmandra and marked Punjabi superstar Gippy Garewal’s Bollywood debut even though it sank without a trace.