The Next Big Thing: Film actors
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The Next Big Thing: Film actors

According to the industry bigwigs there are certain actors who will do better than others in the year 2011. Let's take a look.

bollywood Updated: Dec 25, 2010 19:49 IST
Hindustan Times

According to the industry bigwigs there are certain actors who will do better than others in the year 2011. Let's take a look.

Our judges

Rohit Shetty, Film director


Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor

Both Varun and Arjun are good-looking and have a dream launch, so there’s every chance they will make it big in 2011.


Sonakshi Sinha: Beautiful, talented & loved by all

sonakshiMahi Gill: She is a brilliant performer

Kalki Koechlin: Looks unusual & I like her work

S R Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures


Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan: Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan think they’ll work!

Prateik Babbar: He has pivotal roles in a lot of films next year


Ileyana: She’s a big star down South

Aliya Bhatt: She’s really cute and spunky

Nargis Fakhri: Imtiaz Ali has full faith in her!

Mudassar Aziz, Adman, Producer|


Imran Khan: He has an on-screen lovability

prateikPrateik Babbar: He is talented even genetically

Aditya Roy Kapur: Effortless on screen. A natural

Sonakshi Sinha: She has an old-world charm
Sonam Kapoor: She fits a wide array of roles
Anushka Sharma: She is growing as an actress

And the film actors who get the maximum votes from our judges are...

Sonakshi Sinha
‘I would never do a size zero’

Move over Vidya Balan, here’s another curvaceous, classic Indian beauty whose performance (and curves!) won everyone over in her debut film, Dabangg. “And honestly, I don’t think I would ever do a size zero because it’s so unhealthy!” she says. “Indian women are naturally curvaceous and I am proud of my curves.” With four films coming up, the year ahead looks busy for Sinha. There’s Joker with Akshay Kumar, Race 2 with Saif and John Abraham and of course, Dabangg 2 with Salman Khan. “So it will be work and more work,” she says. “Hopefully.”

Claim to fame
Wowed audiences with a surprisingly confident debut in the hit Salman Khan starrer Dabangg
Is the daughter of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha

‘Will I fail public expectations?’

I’m very excited and nervous at the same time about Dhobi Ghat. What I am scared about is, how will Bollywood audiences react to a delicate film like that. Will I fail public expectations? Especially when I don’t know what they are!” That’s actor Prateik on his new Kiran Rao-directed film, releasing next month.

Prateik got noticed for his brooding good looks and restrained performance in his debut film, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. And he tops our list of the actors to watch out for the second year running. “When I did Jaane Tu..., I was still testing the waters before taking a final leap,” he says. “But after Dhobi Ghat, I am sure. To achieve such recognition so early on is always very encouraging.”

*Debuted alongside Imran Khan in Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na
*Will be seen in Kiran Rao’s directorial debut, Dhobi Ghat

Who is Varun Dhawan?
Even Lord Google fails to throw up any concrete answers to that question. There’s precisely one photograph in Google Images (copyrighted, so we can’t even show you what he looks like here!) and little else.

Here’s what we do know though: Varun is film director David Dhawan’s younger son and is all poised to be the new (star) kid on the block in tinsel town. He is going to make his debut in 2011 in – get this – a movie being produced and directed by none other than Karan Johar. The movie will reportedly star only newcomers (which is a first for Johar).

We tried hard to reach Varun, but sources tell us he has been banned from speaking to the media. Oh well!

- From HT Brunch, December 26

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First Published: Dec 24, 2010 15:24 IST