The coming year will see a lot of new faces in Bollywood, with a slew of star kids and South imports among them.
Ileana D’cruz: The South star Ileana D’cruz is making the much-hyped Bollywood debut opposite heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Basu’s Barfee. The film is expected to release in July 2012.
Varun Dhawan: Coming from the Dhawan family, Varun has worked with Karan Johar in many films including assisting him in My Name is Khan. Not surprisingly, he will make his grand entry into Bollywood with Karan’s next directorial.
Tanuj Virmani: Rati Agnihotri’s son Tanuj Virmani is making a Bollywood debut opposite model-turned-actress Neha Hinge in a romantic comedy called Luv U Soniyo.
While Tanuj plays a Catholic boy in the film, Neha plays a Punjabi girl. The film directed by debutant director Joe Rajan is slated for January 18, 2012 release.
Arjun Kapoor: Boney Kapoor’s son Arjun is making his debut in Ishaqzaade opposite debutant Parineeti Chopra. The film is written and directed by Habib Faisal of Do Dooni Chaar fame. Arjun started assisting his father at the age of 20.
Ahana Deol: Ahana was inundated with offers from reputed directors like Aparna Sen and Vikramaditya Motwane, but for some reason, the films never materialised. She has finally zeroed in on Shoojit Sarcar’s road film, a romantic comedy, which is slated for 2012 release.
Alia Bhatt: Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan’s daughter, and Pooja Bhatt’s half-sister will making her dream debut in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year opposite David Dhawan’s son Varun Dhawan. Interestingly even before a single release, both Varun and Alia have become fodder for gossip as they are apparently seeing each other.
Amy Jackson: Having acted in a South film, Amy Jackson is making her debut opposite Prateik in Ek Deewana Tha. The two actors are rumoured to be dating. The film is releasing on February 17, 2012.
Siddhant Kapoor: Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhanth is debuting in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala. He was supposed to make his debut in the remake of Satte Pe Satta, directed by Soham Shah but the film is on the backburner.
Tiger Shroff: Buzz is he will be launched by Aamir Khan. Subhash Ghai was supposed to earlier launch him.
On a new note
Ramesh Sippy, the director of the iconic film Sholay, is turning actor with Ek Deewana Tha. He is doing a cameo in the film.