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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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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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Game of Thrones season 8: These GOT memes will make you ROFL

GOT season 8 has become a hit, especially for meme lovers

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The season 8 of the most followed cult fantasy series Game of Thrones has dominated the headlines. Today, the second episode of the final season aired and we must tell you that it was AMAZING. We know that the fans are loving the episodes but at the same time, a lot of epic GOT memes have also caught everyone’s attention. The final season has indeed given rise to innumerable memes and we just can’t stop laughing. Yes, they are super hilarious and we have compiled a list of few which have been trending on the internet just for you.

The meme culture across the globe has become a religion and there is no doubt about it. And the newest topic is of course Game of Throne season 8. While the tension is building up with every episode, the memes will surely make you chuckle for a bit. In fact, few scenes have become a rage amongst the meme creators including the one where the dragon is looking at Jon and Dany while they make out and Bran’s suspense and intense expressions. So to make your day a bit lighter, we have got you the most hilarious GOT memes from season 8 right here.

For more updates and gossip about Bollywood and Game of Thrones, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Shah Rukh Khan roasts Bollywood critics at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards and we can’t stop laughing

Shah Rukh Khan’s funny speech targeting the critics made everyone ROFL

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Last night (April 21), the big shots of B-town came under one roof for the first ever Critics’ Choice Film awards, and it was definitely a night to remember. While there were one too many highlights, the main highlight was Shah Rukh Khan roasting the critics. His speech definitely stumped the audiences over and had them laughing in splits. Well, we definitely know that SRK is a funny man, but we bet you’ve never seen him in this avatar.

The Zero actor began by mimicking the manner of reviewers when they critique a film. He said, “The scene opens at an opulent award function with the main protagonist. Anupama Chopra sitting in the first row, looking resplendent in her many varied shades of white. Now this version of Masand (poking fun at Rajeev Masand) is a far cry from the younger, moustached one, whose complicated vocabulary we were so convinced by back in the day when I played an antihero. He is older and a tad heavier.” (sic)

He concluded his speech by giving the award function a one and a half star in true critics’ style. We should give it up for SRK, right? Stay tuned for more updates from Bollywood.

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Tabu missing from Bharat trailer? Ali Abbas Zafar reveals why!

Salman Khan’s Bharat trailer came out today (April 22) and while we saw a glimpse of every actor, Tabu was missing and we know why!

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Tabu Bharat

Salman Khan’s Bharat trailer came out today (April 22) and it immediately struck a chord with the audience. It took us inside the world of Bharat and introduced us to all the characters except for one. Yes, Tabu who is also a part of the film is missing from the trailer. Ali Abbas Zafar, the director of the film, exclusively told us the reason behind Tabu’s absence and here is all you need to know about the same.

Bharat has become one of the most anticipated films of this year and the trailer of the same came out today suddenly. The trailer gave us a sneak-peek into the journey of Bharat from the partition till 2010. It included Salman, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Grover and Sonali Kulkarni. But the big the question was – where was Tabu in the video? The trailer didn’t give us any glimpse of the actress and that did surprise us. When we asked Zafar about the same, he told us, “We wanted to do justice to her character, which won’t be possible in a few seconds in the trailer. But it is something to watch out for. When it will be unveiled, it will definitely be a treat for everyone.”

After hearing all of that, we are certainly excited to know more about Tabu’s character. Let’s hope we get to know something about it real soon. Till then, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates on Bharat and latest Bollywood gossip.

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