From Dhruv Vikram to Shivani and Akash Puri, star scions are set to make a splash in 2018
Even as debate on nepotism continues, here are some star children from southern cinema, who are set for a film debut. These include Vikram’s son Dhruv, Puri Jagannadh’s son Akash and actor Rajasekhar’s daughter Shivani.Updated: Feb 05, 2018 17:13 IST
It’s just been over a week since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam action drama Aadhi, which marked the debut of superstar Mohanlal’s son Pranav in a leading role. Amidst the ongoing debate of nepotism, which is, in my opinion, never going to end, this year is going to witness the debuts of nearly half a dozen star scions in southern cinema. With Pranav proving his mettle in an action-packed debut, which wowed critics and audiences alike, it has to be seen what the other star kids can bring to the table.
Dhruv Vikram, son of Tamil star Vikram, is easily the most exciting debutant to watch out for in 2018. Having already made the right noises about following in his dad’s footsteps, Dhruv will be launched by national award-winning filmmaker Bala via his film Varma, the Tamil remake of last year’s critically-acclaimed Telugu romantic drama Arjun Reddy, a modern day Devdas-esque take on love and suffering.
While it remains to be seen if Dhruv can make heads turn in a role that many would hesitate to take up in their maiden film, his father is confident about his launch. In a recent media interaction in Hyderabad, Vikram opened up about Dhruv and Bala’s Varma. “We were toying with the idea of launching him in a year or two. When I saw Arjun Reddy, I felt it’d be the perfect launch pad for Dhruv, and I couldn’t think of a better director than Bala sir. I’d always be indebted to Bala sir for Sethu, and I always wished I worked with him sooner. Dhruv is in safe hands and I can confidently say he will make Varma a very memorable launch for my son.”
Arjun Reddy is the story of a medical surgeon, played fittingly by Vijay Deverakonda, who turns to alcohol and drugs when the woman he loves is forced to marry someone else. Romance and tragedy is not new to Bala, and many have argued that Sethu, in a way, is similar to Arjun Reddy minus the debauchery.
Filmmaker Puri Jagannadh’s son Akash is being launched in a leading role in upcoming Telugu film Mehbooba, an intense love story set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Akash has been seen in brief roles in his father’s films in the past. In Businessman, he played the younger version of Mahesh Babu.
In September 2017, when the project was announced, Jagannadh shared a note about his son’s launch. “After finishing ‘Mehbooba’ script, I realised that I’m doing a highly intense and passionate love story for the first time ever which is completely out of repertoire of ideas. He further wrote that irrespective of the blood relation he shares with his son Akash Puri; “it’s his love towards cinema that’s making me do this film with him”.
Even as we await the release of Mehbooba, rumours have been making the rounds that Jagannadh is planning another film with his son.
While there’s no denying it’s a male-dominated industry, it’s worth mentioning that this year will also see the launch of Shivani, daughter veteran actors Rajasekhar and Jeevitha. The young medico will be seen in the yet-untitled Telugu remake of 2 States, which will also stars Adivi Sesh.
In a recent chat with Deccan Chronicle, Jeevitha spoke about her daughter’s launch. “Shivani was getting many offers from different languages. She is also pursuing medicine. We were just waiting for the right script and a good role. When this offer of a remake of 2 States came up from talented Venkat Reddy, I thought this is the right launch pad for her. The heroine plays a meaty and versatile character in it. Since the makers have bought the rights only for Telugu, this is to be made in Tollywood.” Shivani will reprise Alia Bhatt’s role in the remake.
Jeevitha also said that she wants her daughter to try glamorous as well as performance-oriented roles. ‘Everything is important. My only advice to her is that she should handle everything professionally.”
Nandamuri Balakrishna’s son Mokashagna is most likely to be launched this year. In 2017, reports emerged that veteran filmmaker Singeetham Srinivasa Rao may launch Mokashagna in 2018; however, there’s been no development since these reports made headlines.
According to the industry grapevine, this year will also mark the launch of Abhiram Daggubati, younger brother of Baahubali and Ghazi fame Rana Daggubati. While not much is known so far about his debut, his rumoured launch may happen in the second half of 2018.
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