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BizAsia 2019 Reflections: Best debutantes of the year

It’s that time of year once again where we look back at the last 12 months (almost) and think about the newbies who have entered the film industry and left an impact. Some have already moved on to further projects so, evidently, they have definitely been successful in their first endeavour. focuses on five best female and five best male debuts of the year.

Five best female debutantes
Ananya Panday‘s debut is one that many were waiting for, especially as she’s a star-daughter, being the offspring of the much-loved Chunky Panday. She was introduced by Dharma Productions in ‘Student of the Year 2’ which saw her share the screen with Tiger Shroff and fellow newbie Tara Sutaria. Panday has also recently been seen in ‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh’.

Tara Sutaria was the second debut in ‘Student of the Year 2’ and she made a real splash with her first film. Although she’s associated to the industry through various connections, Sutaria’s first big screen performance was appreciated and she also had her second release this year, in the form of ‘Marjaavaan’.

Pranutan Bahl was another star-kid which was launched this year, the daughter of Mohnish Bahl and Ekta. With a clear lineage in acting, there was much riding on this actress’s debut. Launched under the Salman Khan Films banner, Bahl managed to create a great debut with a sombre and effective performance.

Saiee Manjrekar is due to make her debut in ‘Dabangg 3’ and many will be waiting to see her talent on the big screen. She is Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter being launched by Salman Khan. And is his proteges are anything to go by, she will have a bright career ahead.

Ankita Lokhande made a very interesting and much-acclaimed debut in ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. Many would have thought that having Kangana Ranaut in the protagonist’s role may have been the others in the cast perhaps wouldn’t get a look in but this was completely wrong for Lokhande. She was appreciated in this role and the reviews say as much.

Five best male debutantes
Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol made his big screen debut in ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’. Although the film didn’t fare too well with the critics and audiences, the performance was appreciated as was the sentiment of the film. Having been touted as a romantic film, it seems it didn’t strike the right chord with the viewers. Here’s hoping this star grandson comes back with a bang for his second movie.

Zaheer Iqbal joined Pranutan Bahl in debuting with ‘Notebook’ under Salman Khan’s banner. He, once again, managed to have a praised performance in the film, which was heavily shot in Kashmir. Iqbal is the son of Khan’s friend and he knows he’s lucky to have been given this chance.

Meezaan Jaaferi was yet another star son who was introduced this year. This was another debut which had a lot riding on it, with Jaaferi being the son of Javed Jaaferi who has been praised along his career for various aspects of his talent. The actor’s first film, ‘Malaal’, unfortunately didn’t do very well at the box office but no doubt he will also return on the screen and let the audiences see his mettle some more.

Abhimanyu Dassani, the son of Bhagyashree, also marked his debut this year, with ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’. The film started off at festivals where it won many accolades but it was then officially released and more of the Indian audiences were able to enjoy it. Dassani’s performance was revered and no doubt he has a bright future ahead in Indian cinema.

Nandish Singh Sandhu is a popular Indian television actor who made his debut in Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Super 30’. He played the role of the supportive brother and his performance was integral to the story. Many would have been excited to see him on the big screen and will definitely want to see him again in more substantial roles.


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