Farah Khan lists eight new actors, each of whom has the making of a superstar. A whole new brigade of actors enter Bollywood every year. While some go on to become superstars, others — stars in their own right — prove their mettle with their acting skills.
Over the last year, Bollywood has seen many faces. These are the eight that truly stand out:
Sushant Singh Rajput
I’ve liked Sushant from the time he worked in television. He has this certain boy-next-door quality about him. And he’s a superb dancer too. So his USP is definitely his acting and dancing skills. There’s this likeability factor about him. He makes for an ideal (on-screen) son, husband, brother or boyfriend. He has immense screen presence, which makes him watchable. Moreover, I think acting comes naturally to him.
I’ve known Ayushmann for long now. He was very good even when was an anchor. I’ve worked with him before; we performed together when he used to host a show that I used to judge. He’s extremely talented and a versatile actor. He’s also very witty. I just hope he doesn’t get typecast as the typical Delhi boy — the kind he played in Vicky Donor (2012) — because there’s a lot he has to offer. He’s also a good dancer.
Of all the girls who’ve made their debuts recently, Parineeti is my favourite. I was blown away when I saw her in Ishaqzaade (2012). I couldn’t believe that someone so new could be so good. In fact, when I met her, I even asked her where she had learned all that from, because I was seriously shocked after watching her performance. She’s not your conventional glamorous heroine, but she’s a pure actor. And she has the potential to make it big.
Aditya Roy Kapur
He was very watchable in Aashiqui 2. Not only was he intense, but also vulnerable. When you watch him perform, your heart goes out to him. He’s got this boyish charm and he’s definitely evolved as an actor.
Raj Kumar is definitely one of the best finds in recent times and he’s surely going to be the next big actor in the industry. He’s a lot like Irrfan. He isn’t conventional, but he’s so good! And he was great even in Ragini MMS (2011) but his potential was truly reflected in Kai Po Che. He’s like a chameleon; you give him any kind of a role and he does it well. The audience, too accepts such actors. He’s definitely the actor of the generation.
Long ago, I shot a song with her for a south film. She looked glamorous and danced well too. She was a typical star. But when I watched her performance in Barfi! (2012), I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was brilliant and that’s when I thought to myself ‘Wow! This girl can act too.’ She played that role with a lot of subtlety and sensitivity. What’s commendable is that she’s a great actor and a commercial heroine too.
He’s huge down south. With the very first promo of Raanjhanaa, he won the hearts of many. People may have had many preconceived notions about him, but after watching the movie, everyone has realised how good he is. Again, he’s not your conventional hero, but he impresses you with his acting. He’s believable and if he gets roles that suit him well, he’s here to stay for sure. He’s just so endearing.
Whether it was Aurangzeb or Raanjhanaa, Swara Bhaskar did catch your attention. She is very expressive. And she’s good-looking too. She has an extremely strong screen presence, and if she’s given the opportunity, I’m sure she will make it big in the industry. Plus she’s a face you can relate to. For whatever screen time she had in these movies, you couldn’t not have noticed her performance.
— As told to Shalvi Mangaokar