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2012 will see a barrage of new faces. Read on to find out more about the promising newcomers this year...

Written by Anita Aikara | Published: January 6, 2012 6:08:53 pm

2012 will see a barrage of new faces. Read on to find out more about the promising newcomers this year

2011 indeed was the year of debutantes with as many as 30 directors making their foray into Bollywood. 2012,it appears,will be no different.

Star kids

You loved their parents,now you get to welcome the next generation too. With high-profile films in their kitty and big banners launching them,these newcomers are bound to garner maximum attention from the media. Here’s the count.

Student Of The Year,Karan Johar’s campus love-story launches Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The film top-lines veteran Rishi Kapoor. Daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan,Alia is rumoured to have just completed her high-school exams. As for David Dhawan’s son Varun,the young lad is quite a looker. Though it comes as a surprise that neither filmmakers (Mahesh Bhatt and David Dhawan) will be launching their own progeny on screen. It’ll be interesting to watch the chemistry between Alia and Varun,especially after rumours of them being an off-screen couple too.

Hema Malini’s and Dharmendra’s younger daughter Ahana Deol will most likely make her debut in Viacom 18’s romantic film to be directed by Shoojit Sircar.

Boney’s and Mona Kapoor’s son Arjun may prove to be a chip off the Anil Kapoor block. Signed originally for Virus Diwan by Y Films,the youth wing of Yash Raj Films,the actor moved over to Ishaqzaade after the former launch-pad was aborted by the banner. His co-star will be Parineeti Chopra who impressed us with her acting prowess in her debut film Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Arjun,who knocked off over 20 kilos to shape up for his big-screen debut,plays a small-town boy in this film. It is interesting to note that both Ahana and Arjun are not being launched by their home banners. Though Ahana was trying out other professions— direction and textile designing—Arjun has assisted on movies like Kal Ho Naa Ho and his father’s films No Entry and Wanted.

Among the other filmi kids,actor Rati Agnihotri’s son Tanuj Virwani will make his debut in Luv U Soniyo,a typical love story and a safe launch,while Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhant will start his career in a negative role in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala.

Foreign import

Katrina Kaif has paved the way for mainstream acceptance of actresses with an overseas connection or foreign roots. British model Amy Jackson (19) makes her debut opposite Prateik in Gautham Menon’s Ek Deewana Tha,the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. She has already worked down South in the Tamil film Madrasapattinam and is training in Hindi. If things work out,porn star Sunny Leone,who is based overseas and was a part of Colors’ reality show Bigg Boss,will make her debut in Jism 2 directed by Pooja Bhatt.

‘Model’ debuts

All bets also are on Bhatt’s latest muse Esha Gupta,a model,who is cast opposite Emraan Hashmi in Jannat 2. The dusky bombshell is often referred to as the desi Angelina Jolie in the modelling world. Not far behind,is another good-looking model,Siddharth Malhotra,a Delhi boy,who joins Alia and Varun as the third new find in Student Of The Year.

Southern beauties

With names like Genelia D’Souza,Asin and Kajal Aggarwal in recent years,there is a revival of the craze for Southern actresses in Hindi cinema. Telugu actress Tapsee Pannu makes her Hindi debut in the remake of Chashme Buddoor directed by David Dhawan. The actor,who is paired opposite Ali Zafar,will reprise Deepti Naval’s role from the original. Popular Telugu actress Ileana D’Cruz,who starred in superhits like Pokkiri and Kick,makes her Hindi debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Barfii. Ileana ,who has many South hits to her credit,will be seen ageing from 19 to 65 years in the film. Another actress,Mohan Babu’s daughter Lakshmi Manchu,will be seen in Department co-starring Sanjay Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan.

Watch out for: Ahana Deol

Hema Malini’s and Dharmendra’s younger daughter Ahana plans to follow her parents’ footsteps and is slated to make her Bollywood debut in Viacom 18’s romantic comedy,which will be directed by Shoojit Sircar. Ahana,who first wanted to become a director and then a fashion designer,has also included acting in her profile.

Watch out for: Alia Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt’s and Soni Razdan’s daughter Alia Bhatt will be launched by Karan Johar in Student Of The Year. Alia,who recently completed her graduation,is a hot favourite on the sets and is rumoured to be seeing David Dhawan’s younger son Varun.

Watch out for: Varun Dhawan

Son of director David Dhawan,Varun makes his debut in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. Varun,who was expected to make his debut in one of his dad’s comedies,assisted Karan on My Name Is Khan.

Watch out for: Amy Jackson

Bollywood has had its share of foreign imports and the latest entrant on the list,which includes Katrina Kaif and Nargis Fakhri,is Amy Jackson. A British model,Amy will make her debut opposite Prateik in Gautham Menon’s Ek Deewana Tha,the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.

Watch out for: Esha Gupta

After taking over the fashion industry,Esha will be seen as the female lead in Mahesh Bhatt’s Jannat 2. The Bhatts were completely taken in by her beauty and have roped her in for a three film deal!

Watch out for: Arjun Kapoor

The young lad seems to be a favourite of the Chopras who have been enthusiastic about launching him,for a while. They had earlier announced Virus Diwan with Arjun in the lead. However,the project got shelved. Now Arjun will make his debut opposite Parineeti Chopra in Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade,a love story.

Watch out for: Lakshmi Manchu

Telugu superstar Mohan Babu’s daughter Lakshmi Manchu has a list of successful talk-shows and roles in American sitcoms including Las Vegas,Boston Legal and Desperate Housewives to her credit. She’s set to make her Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma’s Department co-starring Sanjay Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan.

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