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Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria, Meezaan Jaaferi – The promising Gen Next stars of Bollywood!

Suguna Sundaram walks through the garden of newbies, the hopefuls whose films hit the marquee in 2019.

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While 2018 saw quite a few new dreamers setting foot in tinsel town, 2019 holds even more promise. And it’s not just star kids claiming home territory. There are a fair number of imports from non-film backgrounds, hoping to hitch their wagon to a star-maker, apart from the privileged star kids. And today’s aspiring stars come fully prepared, going through rigorous training and regimes, in order to put forward the best versions of themselves, as they step into their world of dreams. Suguna Sundaram walks through the garden of newbies, the hopefuls whose films hit the marquee in 2019.

The chrysalis that revealed the metamorphosis of unknown youngsters into actors in 2018, displayed a host of talent, from the industry and outside. But only a few made the cut for whatever reasons. Leading the parade with all the hoopla was Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, who debuted with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath, quickly followed by a second release, Rohit Shetty’s Simmba. Kedarnath, with the Uttarakhand floods of 2013 as the story backdrop, was a tragic romantic drama. Sara walked off with all the kudos for the film, despite the presence of senior co-star Sushant Singh Rajput. Her pilgrimage at the altar of the big screen paid off!

2019 is an exciting watch

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Ananya Panday

A promising young talent to watch out for is Ananya Panday, daughter of Chunky and Bhavna Panday, whose debut vehicle is Karan Johar’s sequel, Student Of The Year 2. Already a mini-celeb on social media, hugely popular on fashion blogs and party circuits, Ananya, barely out of school, is poised and confident, not to mention, extremely pretty. She is part of the thick-as-thieves girl gang with Suhana Shah Rukh Khan and Shanaya Sanjay Kapoor. Ananya looks ready to shed her schoolgirl image, for that of a college student.

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Abhimanyu Dassani

Abhimanyu Dassani (son of Bhagyashree and Himalaya Dassani) debuts with Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota, an action comedy directed by Vasan Bala, a year later than scheduled. The sneak previews reveal that Abhimanyu makes his presence unmissable, with his impressive, and vibrant performance. His macho presence is of course, cut out for action films.

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Alaia Furniturewala

Alaia Furniturewala, the fresh-faced, sexy and feisty daughter of the sultry Pooja Bedi waits in the wings too. Already seeing a fan following in lakhs due to her social media presence, this young actor has an eagerly awaited debut. Alaia will be seen in Jawani Janeman, where she will essay the role of Saif Ali Khan’s daughter.

Karan Kapadia, son of the late Simple Kapadia, and nephew to Dimple, will debut with the film Blank, which will hit the screens soon. The film incidentally, also stars Sunny Deol. Since this is one debut under wraps, Karan Kapadia’s performance will define the writing on the as yet blank slate.

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Tara Sutaria

Tara Sutaria is not exactly a novice in front of the camera. She is already a video jockey, a professional singer, and a television star. But her Bollywood entry will be in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year 2, followed by another film in 2019, Marjaavaan. Remains to be seen if she will garner as many die-hard fans for her big screen debut!

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Meezan Jaaferi and Sharmin Segal

Meezaan Jaaferi (Jaaved Jaffrey’s son) has begun work on a Sanjay Leela Bhansali production Malaal, directed by award-winning director Mangesh Hadawale. The film will also introduce Bhansali’s niece Sharmin Segal (daughter of his sister Bela, and Deepak Segal). The two are being touted as youngsters to watch out for, both, in terms of chemistry, and individual talent on screen. The film will hit the screens sometime this year.

Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol, will step into the 70 mm world with his father launching him in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (the title gleaned from a hit song from his grandfather Dharmendra’s film). The film is set in the hilly north of India, and purports to be a romantic musical. Déjà vu anyone, betaab to see Karan Deol?

Apart from these youngsters, there is also a whole bunch of Bollywood entrants, some completely alien to this world, and some who have filtered through from the television industry, though they may not quite qualify as young, in comparison.

Saher Bamba, a Himachali lass, will debut as Karan Deol’s heroine in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas. Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala will introduce two absolutely fresh faces, namely Nupur Sanon (sister of the gorgeous Kriti Sanon), and Ahaan Shetty, who’s breathed nothing but Bollywood air since birth, his father being action star Suneil Shetty. The beautiful English rose Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabel is dancing her way into Hindi films, with Sooraj Pancholi. Surilie Gautam (Yami’s sibling) will be the face opposite Randeep Hooda in Battle of Saragarhi.

Salman Khan will launch his annual quota of freshers this year, namely Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Behl (daughter of Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of the unmatched Nutan), in a film directed by Nitin Kakkar, titled Notebook, and set in Kashmir. Salman will also be launching director Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami in Dabangg 3. Ashwami is a late entrant into films, considering she enters her thirties this year.

The 35-year-old TV actor Nandish Sandhu will be seen on the big screen for the first time in the much-maligned Vikas Behl’s Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30. Another divine import from Telly is Mohit (Mahadev) Raina, who debuted in Vicky Kaushal’s Uri-The Surgical Strike. TV anchor/actress Pooja Gor, enters Bollywood lanes with Gully Boy. The fantastic Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, gives us Saurav Gurjar, the WWE star-turned-TV star, now hoping to turn Bollywood star. Emraan Hashmi’s Why Cheat India has web-series actress-cum-model, Shreya Dhanwanthary in her Bollywood debut, also at age 30.

Last heard, Shah Rukh Khan’s darling daughter Suhana had wowed London with her performance as Juliet on stage. That is definitely promising news, albeit premature. Shah Rukh did confirm that Suhana wanted to become an actor, not necessarily in Hindi films though. But we can always hope…

Across the gamut, what’s visible is that the age of entry has now gone up by a few years, in which time aspiring stars either gain training or film-related experience, and are not running to net roles in their tender teens, like the days of yore. Today, age is really just a number, and the kind of films being made, assure roles for every age and every category of actor. What needs to sustain is one’s talent and commitment to good work, if one does not want to be a flash in the pan, generously balanced with the blessings of Lady Luck.

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Prabhas takes us back to Baahubali days as he creates waves in Bollywood with Saaho

Prabhas gives us interesting insights into what he went through at the first days of working for the Baahubali project.

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Actor Prabhas

Prabhas, the Superstar who enjoys a pan India appeal and has a Blockbuster hit with the Baahubali franchise and now, he is at the top of the mind of every Indian fan for his upcoming next, Magnum Opus Saaho. The actor gives us interesting insights into what he went through at the first days of working for the Baahubali project.

Talking about the same, the actor shares, ‘So for Part 1 when I came I was really tensed, so Rajamouli was like stay cool cool cool it’s okay. Like because no one knows me and you don’t know how it’s going to work and all. So for first 2-3 days only within they were very warm and I felt very comfortable.”

Also read: Saaho: Besides starring Prabhas, the action film gets another Baahubali connection

On seeing Prabhas delivering a stellar performance in Baahubali and having us all amazed with his impactful dialogue delivery and action scenes, we are still in disbelief of the fact that Prabhas felt nervous on the initial days of working for Baahubali.

After receiving love and support from his fans across the nation for doing a commendable job in Baahubali franchise, Prabhas has won over his fans’ hearts once again with his most anticipated upcoming film, Saaho. The actor plays the role of a cop in the high octane action film.

Also read: Bringing action, bigger and better! Prabhas to do a 5-city tour for the trailer launch of Saaho

After seeing the movie’s trailer, fans have high regards for Prabhas’s terrific acting and performing action stunts like a no man’s job. They just can’t wait for the movie release any more to appreciate the actor’s hard work.

The actor will be next seen in the big-budget film Saaho alongside Shraddha Kapoor which is all is set to hit the theatres on August 30, 2019, and his next co-starring Pooja Hegde under the direction of Jil fame Radha Krishna Kumar. The working title of the movie is Amour. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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Ayushmann Khurrana’s days working as Radio Jockey helped him prepare for Dream Girl

Ayushmann Khurrana is all set for the release of his latest movie, Dream Girl. In the film, he works in a call center as ‘Pooja’ and imitates a girl’s voice with utmost perfection.

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Ayushmann Khurrana in Dream Girl

Ayushmann Khurrana is all set for the release of his latest movie, Dream Girl. In the film, he works in a call center as ‘Pooja’ and imitates a girl’s voice with utmost perfection. As it turns out, it was his time working as a Radio Jockey in Delhi that helped him nail his voice modulation. And we can see how well it has turned out in every frame of the trailer. In the trailer, we can see him switch between a man’s and a woman’s voice, seamlessly.

Ayushmann is a powerhouse of talent and skills. The actor has also become a fan favourite ever since he debuted in Bollywood. He is not only a talented actor but also is a brilliant singer and often, sings his own songs in his movies. Ayushmann Khurrana has been making headlines all year for his outstanding performance in Article 15 and for winning the prestigious National award for as the best actor for Andhadhun. Now, we get to see the actor on the big screen in a yet another unconventional role where he is a complete package of entertainment with his quirky and enjoyable character. The trailer of Dream Girl has been loved by all and we are all for it.

Also read: Ayushmann Khurrana stole thunders by donning a saree in Dream Girl trailer launch event!

Boasting of a crackling ensemble cast of Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Abhishek Banerjee and Raj Bhansali, Dream Girl is directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, and is produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms. Dream Girl is all set to release on 13th September 2019. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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Angel Has Fallen: Audiences will connect with Mike Banning, says Producer Les Weldon

Producer Les Weldon, who has been with the Fallen series from the start, loves that as Banning is put under crushing pressure, it gives Gerard Butler more room to dive deep.

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Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen witnesses Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) on the verge of becoming the head of the Secret Service when an assassination attempt nearly kills President Trumbull and implicates Mike as the man responsible. Desperate to uncover the truth, he turns to some unlike allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

Producer Les Weldon, who has been with the Fallen series from the start, loves that as Banning is put under crushing pressure, it gives Gerard Butler more room to dive deep. Weldon united with fellow producers Butler, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson and Yariv Lerner for this installment. All were excited to see Butler bring a darker, harder edge to the beloved character while showing a new vulnerability—and keeping all the fun intact.

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“From the beginning, Mike Banning has been almost an extension of Gerry. They’re both dedicated, demanding guys, yet both have a really personable, emotional core,” observes Weldon. “That comes out even more in Angel Has Fallen and I think audiences will really connect with him. It’s very revealing to watch an incredible hero you’ve always seen chasing others, become the chased and desperate man.”

Angel Has Fallen also stars Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston. The movie is directed by Ric Roman Waugh from a script by Robert Mark Kamen, and Ric Roman Waugh. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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