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Who's the most promising newcomer in Bollywood?

Bollywood isn't just the playing ground of big stars. Every year, we see new faces in the industry — few become stars, some start off well only to stumble later and others continue to struggle. We talked to trade analysts about the next big thing in the tinsel town.

bollywood Updated: Sep 12, 2013 16:01 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
Arjun Kapoor,Sushant Singh Rajput,Ayushmann Khurrana

Bollywood isn’t just the playing ground of big stars. The nature of the industry is such that it always demands new blood. Every year, we see newcomers — while some become stars, others struggle, while yet others start off well only to stumble later. We talked to trade analysts about the the next big thing in Bollywood.

Dream debuts
TV actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s career graph shot skyward with Kai Po Che, which grossed Rs 50 cr. Likewise, TV host-turned-actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana’s first film, Vicky Donor (2012), made Rs 45 cr. Trade expert Komal Nahata says, “These two are natural actors, even though the other newcomers on the block have the ability to become stars.” Sushant’s second film, Shuddh Desi Romance, is also a success, leading Komal to believe that he is “super promising. Being an excellent dancer, he’s ahead of the pack.”

Trade analyst Amul Mohan adds that Ayushmann “has a great presence on screen. He has good movies in hand too.”

Taking risks
Meanwhile, Arjun Kapoor is the newcomer with the most number of films in hand. As a result, he also has the most amount of money riding on him. His debut film, Ishaqzaade (2012) did well, but his next, Aurangzeb, didn’t. Nahata says, “He was brave and took a risk early on in his career by doing a double role. In fact, all the newcomers have made
interesting choices. Today, nobody makes wrong choices. Even if one of their movies doesn’t turn out well, it won’t be a huge blunder as none of them stick to one genre.”

Signing big banner films, big directors and big production houses used to be the domain of established stars. But the scene is changing. Mohan says, “Some actors are one-movie old, but are doing big-budget movies with good banners.” Starring in a Karan Johar film is a good start for anyone, which means the future is bright for Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Mohan adds, “Varun and Sidharth now have good solo projects, so they are safe. Sushant too is a “YRF (Yash Raj Films) boy now, so he’s well-placed”.
(All figures are trade estimates)

Sushant Singh Rajput
Money riding: Rs 95 cr
Upcoming films: Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor; Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy; Raj Kumar Hirani’s P.K.
Endorsements: Pepsi Atom
Pay packet: Rs 1-3 cr per film; Rs 50-65 lakh per ad

Ayushmann Khurrana
Money riding: Rs 50 cr
Upcoming films: Nupur Asthana’s untitled next; Shoojit Sircar’s Hamara Bajaj
Endorsements: Kwality Walls, Xolo, Blaupunkt
Pay packet: Rs 1-3 cr per film; Rs 50-70 lakh per ad

Sidharth Malhotra
Money riding: Rs 60 cr
Upcoming films: Vinil Mathew’s Hasee Toh Phasee; Mohit Suri’s The Villain
Endorsements: Idee, Coke, Kwality Walls
Pay packet: Rs 1-3 cr per film; Rs 50-65 lakh per ad

Varun Dhawan
Money riding: Rs 100 cr
Upcoming films: David Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero; Shashank Khaitan’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania; Sriram Raghavan’s untitled next
Endorsements: Idee
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Pay packet: Rs 1-3 cr per film; Rs 50-65 lakh per ad

Arjun Kapoor
Money riding: Rs 150 cr
Upcoming films: Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday; Abhishek Varman’s 2 States; Punit Malhotra’s Gutka; Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny Fernandes; Okkadu
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Endorsements: none
Pay packet: Rs 1-3 cr per film

First Published: Sep 12, 2013 14:37 IST