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2013: Promising talents in Bollywood

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 08, 2013
First Published: 18:39 IST(8/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:03 IST(10/1/2013)

Every year, there’s a new crop of actors who we see on Hindi screen for the first time. Some make it big, some don’t. Here’s looking at a bunch who will make their Bollywood debuts this year, each hoping for a firm footing in the industry.

Sushant Singh Rajput
The TV actor is best known for his role as Manav Deshmukh in the soap, Pavitra Rishta. He was also seen in dance reality series Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. His popularity on the small screen ensured that he bagged a couple of promising Bollywood projects in no time.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Kai Po Che: He is playing one of the leads in director Abhishek Kapoor’s film, which is based on author Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes Of My Life. Sushant plays an aspiring cricketer in this film on friendship.
nP.K.: Even before he could prove himself as an actor on the big screen, Sushant bagged a role in Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial venture alongside Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma.
To-be-announced YRF films: The production house has signed a three-film contract with him. The projects are yet to be announced.

USP:
Sushant is a skilled dancer. Being a known face on TV, the audience will connect with him instantly.

Dhanush
South actor Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, aka Dhanush, became a rage with the song ‘Kolaveri di’. The Tamil actor, playback singer, lyricist and producer has several successful films like Thiruda Thirudi (2003), Polladhavan (2007), Kutty (2010), Uthama Puthiran (2010) and 3 (2012) to his credit.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Raanjhnaa: He is making his Bollywood debut with this film, opposite Sonam Kapoor. The romantic film is being directed by Anand L Rai of Tanu Weds Manu fame.

USP:
His ‘Kolaveri di’ has already made him a popular figure among audiences across India. His Hindi film debut is sure to create a buzz too.

Kristina Akheeva
She is a Russian model-turned-actor, who will make her debut with the franchise Yamla Pagla Deewana.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2: This is the sequel to the 2011 hit, where all three Deols — Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby — come together for a quirky action-comedy.

USP:
She certainly has the body and the face for showbiz. Bollywood also loves
exotic-looking women. Plus, she debuts with a lead role.

Rhea Chakraborty
The MTV VJ-turned-actor started her career with the Telugu film Tuneega Tuneega (2012). She is now making her Bollywood debut in a Yash Raj Films movie.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Mere Dad Ki Maruti: It’s a comedy set against the backdrop of a loud Punjabi wedding in Chandigarh, and is directed by debutant Ashima Chibber.

USP:
The VJ who has appeared in in MTV shows like Fantastic Five alongside Ayushmann Khurrana is popular with youngsters.

Girish Taurani
He is making his debut in a Prabhudheva film. He has been paired with Shruti Haasan, daughter of south superstar Kamal Haasan.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Ramaiya Vastavaiya: The romantic film is the Hindi adaptation of Prabhudheva’s directorial debut and Telugu blockbuster, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005).

USP:
There’s always space for yet another good-looking young man in Bollywood. Plus, having Taurani as your surname (his father, Kumar Taurani, heads a leading music label) doesn’t hurt at all.

Ram Charan Teja
He is an established south actor and the son of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi. He is making his Bollywood debut in the remake of one of Amitabh Bachchan’s biggest hits, Zanjeer.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Zanjeer: A remake of the 1973 hit, he plays a police officer. This iconic role played a huge part in establishing Bachchan’s image as the ‘angry young man’.

USP:
Being part of the Zanjeer remake itself is his USP. Not taking anything away from the actor, it is the comparisons with Big B that has created buzz around him.

Tamannaah Bhatia
Even though Tamannaah is from Mumbai, she is a big star down south. She will be seen in Sajid Khan’s remake of the 1983 hit, Himmatwala.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
n Himmatwala: It’s a modern take on the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer. Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah play the lead roles.

USP:
She’s hardly the new kid on the block, given her experience in Tamil and Telugu films. She started her career with a flop Hindi film, but it means that she has an idea of how things work in Bollywood.

Girish Taurani
He is making his debut in a Prabhudheva film. He has been paired with Shruti Haasan, daughter of south superstar Kamal Haasan.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Ramaiya Vastavaiya: The romantic film is the Hindi adaptation of Prabhudheva’s directorial debut and Telugu blockbuster, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005).

USP:
There’s always space for yet another good-looking young man in Bollywood. Plus, having Taurani as your surname (his father, Kumar Taurani, heads a leading music label) doesn’t hurt at all.

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