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BizAsia 2021 Reflections: Most promising debuts

2021 has been an unpredictable year for Bollywood, filled with pleasant surprises and a few disappointments. Among this unpredictability, some fresh new faces found their limelight and gave us hope for the future of Hindi entertainment.

Here is BizAsia’s list of most promising debuts of 2021, across all platforms.

Sharvari Wagh – ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’
In her debut film ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, Wagh gets the opportunity to show herself as different characters. But what remains constant is her spark. She is bright and fun, but soft and vulnerable when needed. As one of the most impactful debuts of the year, she already has us looking forward to her upcoming projects.

Ahan Shetty – ‘Tadap’
Ahan Shetty has been prepped and primed to be the ultimate hero. With memorable action scenes and brooding expressions, he seems to have grasped the craft well. Luckily, Shetty also possesses something that can’t be taught: the screen presence of a hero. He is intense, passionate and intriguing to watch as an actor.

Samantha Prabhu – ‘The Family Man 2’
South superstar Samantha Prabhu has entered Hindi entertainment relying solely on her talent. Leaving her glamorous roles behind, she made her Hindi debut in the hit web series ‘The Family Man’ as a stripped-down character who came alive by her portrayal. Thanks to her stellar performance as Raji, you can’t take your eyes off her.

Ammy Virk – Bhuj: The Pride of India’
Ammy Virk has a lot of experience in the Punjabi film industry, and it shows in every scene he is in. He is impactful in his role as Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh Baj Jethaaz. Despite his limited role, he leaves the audience wanting more of him on screen.

Pranitha Subhash – ‘Hungama 2’
Pranitha Subhash has made a promising debut this year in ‘Hungama 2’ and continued it with her brief role in ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’. She is beautiful, charming and a joy to watch on screen. Excited to see what else she has in store for us.

Malvika Raaj – ‘Squad’
Young Pooja from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001) has grown up to be the feisty Aria from ‘Squad’. Malvika Raaj balances the tough and gentle nuances of her character, and rises above the material given to her in her debut venture. She seems very comfortable on screen and has the appeal needed to become a big star in the Hindi industry.

Rinzing Denzongpa – ‘Squad’
Rinzing Denzongpa has emerged as the prime contender for the next big action star. He has the physicality and intensity for the part. He also has the potential to grow into the action hero he has shown glimpses of in ‘Squad’.

Mahima Makwana – ‘Antim: The Final Truth’
Mahima Makwana has delivered memorable performances on TV and has now brought her talent to the OTT space. Here, she shines just as bright as she always has. She has proven that she is ready for bigger, better roles that explore the abundance of talent she possesses.

Anmol Dhillon – ‘Tuesdays & Fridays’
Poonam Dhillon’s son Anmol marked his on-screen debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali production ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ and, although the film itself was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing, Dhillon made a decent debut in it.