B-Town's newbie boom

Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 1:05pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

We check out dhamakedaar debuts of 2012 in our year-end series.

The year 2012 has seen an influx of newcomers in Bollywood, and them making an impact. Right from star-kids to newbies, from non-film families to South stars debuting in the Hindi film industry, B’wood was a playground for new faces.

Backed by notable banners, the new entrants became instant hits and have filmmakers lining up to sign them. While Ileana D’Cruz (Barfi!) and Prithviraj (Aiyyaa) were South imports, Aayushman Khurana and Pulkit Samrat (Bittoo Boss) migrated from TV.

Esha Gupta, Diana Penty (Cocktail) and Yaami Gautam (Vicky Donor) were gifts from the modelling world. Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra (both Student of the Year) made rather impressive Bollywood debuts, while Suraj Sharma made an impact with the Hollywood flick Life of Pi. We also saw Sunny Leone make a splash with Jism 2. Here is a dekko at the five newbies who packed a punch...

Alia Bhatt
Instead of  following in her half-sister Pooja’s footsteps and getting launched by papa Mahesh Bhatt, Alia Bhatt opted to earn her debut. It took several rounds of auditions and she didn’t let Karan Johar down. With her glamourous yet innocent look, Alia made an  impressive debut in Student of The Year. The Bhatt girl will next be seen in Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Highway and then in Sajid and KJo’s 2 States.

Esha Gupta
Her resemblance to Holly star Angelina Jolie is what got her noticed. But a hit debut in Jannat 2, followed with another hit Raaz 3 and then Prakash Jha’s hardhitting Chakravyuh — all in a year’s time — have earned her a lot of newsprint beyond her smouldering looks and sex appeal. The actress has enough offers to keep her busy all of next year too.

Ayushmann Khurrana
John Abraham cast Ayushmann in his maiden production Vicky Donor, and he bowled over critics and the box-office with his Punju outing.  This multi-talented performer wrote and sung a soulful number in his debut and has even tried his hand behind the camera. With films like Nautanki Saala, Hamara Bajaj, in his kitty, he seems to be in for a long run.

Arjun Kapoor
Arjun’s debut Ishaqzaade was hardly a dream launch of star-kids. But the actor’s rustic and rather rakish outing hit home and the actor finds himself in a no-time-to-party mode, thanks to a packed schedule next year that has him working on 2 States, Gunday and Aurangzeb.

Huma Qureshi
The two part series Gang of Wasseypur breaks away from the clutter of violent men when Huma makes an appearance with her filmi look complete with aviators et al. She made up for the de-glam and realistic avatar with generous dollops of talent and then went on to once again garner compliments for her next outing Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Next year, her kitty includes films Ek Thi Daayan and D Day.

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