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GenNext comes calling

Will Bolly youngsters shine as brightly as the surnames they represent?

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 19:48 IST

Ring outthe old, ring in the new...' goes the popular song. Adapting that to our film industry, it's time to herald the advent of new talent seeking to make its mark in 2006.

Though every year sees new faces vying for audience attention and affection, only a few manage to win over the ticket-paying viewers. Here's a look at the pedigree debutants aiming for Bollywood star status in the new year.

Ranbhir Kapoor
Son of Rishi and grandson of the late Raj Kapoor, Ranbhir will debut under the aegis of master craftsman Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Having been educated abroad, the Kapoor scion assisted Bhansali during the making of Black before bagging Saavariya. That cultured Kapoor kid surely knows how to maintain his dignity as was evident when he remained calm after a drunken Salman Khan roughed him up at a disco over a year ago.

Sonam Kapoor
Yet another star-kid whose father is not producing her launchpad. Like her costar Ranbhir, Anil Kapoor's daughter also learnt the ropes of filmmaking from the highly acclaimed Bhansali during Black. Interestingly, she became great friends with Ranbhir, so one can surely hope for some onscreen chemistry in Saavariya.

AdityaRajKapoor
Son of the 'Yahoo' yuppie Shammi Kapoor, Aditya joined his uncle, late showman Raj Kapoor after failing his XI. Apparently he quit films at the behest of his spiritual guruji and did various things from exporting Kolhapuri chappals to USA to setting up his own businesses. But films beckoned again and he's gearing up for his directorial debut, remaking his father's Dil Deke Dekho. Though cast and credits are yet to be finalised, sources say he'll launch his film in April 2006.

Mimoh with his father Mithun Chakraborthy. Mimoh will debut in director Dhanraj's He - The Only One.  He followed dad Mithun's advice of debuting in a remake.

Mimoh


He had the grandest launch among star kids in recent tmes, as Mithun Chakraborthy pulled out the stops to introduce eldest son Mimoh who will debut in director Dhanraj's

He - The Only One.

Mimoh followed dad Mithun's ad vice of debuting in a remake "to gain audience acceptability before beginning to carve his own niche and experimenting with various roles and characters." In comparison to his father, who won a National Award with his very first film, Mimoh says, "Every star son/daughter will be compared with the father/mother, and there's no escaping it. But we have to strive to live up to the illustrious surname."



Zoya

Akhtar

After some initial hiccups with stars playing musical chairs, Zoya Akhtar's dream debut will finally see the light this year. Javed Akhtar's little girl has surely gotten over the shelving of

Luck, By Chance

(which was to be her debut) and her new film's already in the news, thanks to a casting coup of Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in the leads. Having assisted brother Farhan during

Dil Chahta Hai

and

Lakshya

, Zoya's debut is eagerly awaited.



Luv and Kush Sinha

The original Bihari Babu Shatrughan Sinha might have taken a break from films, but his sons Luv and Kush have already decided to carry on his legacy in the industry. Having completed more than a year of acting training with Roshan Taneja, Luv is relying on dad to help select a suitable script for his screen debut. Meanwhile, twin brother Kush is gearing up for a career behind the camera. Having done a course in filmmaking in New York, Kush will begin learning the ropes by assisting some of the biggest directors in tinsel town.



Neil Nitin Mukesh


Grandson of the legendary late Mukesh and son of veteran Nitin Mukesh, Neil will debut in the Shriram Raghavan directed Johnny Gaddar for Jhamu Sughand's production company. Besides, he has worked as a child star in Yash Chopra's Vijay and a Govinda hit

Jaisi Karni Vaisi Bharni

. After acting lessons from Kishore Namit Kapoor and Anupam Kher, Neil assisted Yash Chopra in direction. Ask him about venturing into acting instead of singing, and he says, "My grandfather and father entertained people with their singing, and I shall continue entertaining them by acting." The film is slated for a mid-2006 release.



Harman Baweja


Harman , son of filmmaker Harry Baweja quit an acting course at the Lee Stratsberg Institute, USA to familiarise himself with Bollywood. Harman makes his debut opposite Kareena Kapoor in 2005-2050 ­ A Love Story, a futuristic love story, budgeted at about 30 crores. A debateable resemblance to Hrithik Roshan is a double edged sword for this handsome guy.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 23:00 IST