kids set for silver screen
Star children are
leading the pack of fresh faces poised for the big screen in
2011, writes Jyothi Venkatesh
Ganesh Acharya's Angel has launched Nilesh Sahay and Maddalassa. Nilesh is son of yesteryear actress Zaheeda and a nephew of Sanjay Dutt. Maddalassa is the daughter of veteran actress Sheela Sharma
year is set to
usher in quite a few bright new faces in Bollywood. With the
disastrous showing at the box office of biggies like Tees
Maar Khan and Toonpur Ka Superrhero, and the
appreciation that newbie Ranvir Singh got for his performance in
Band Baaja Baraat, many producers are now pinning their
hopes on new faces.
choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who has produced and directed his
latest film Angel, puts it, "When you bank on a new
face, there are more chances of your film getting appreciation
not only from the critics but also at the box office because a
film with new faces offers something refreshingly different. I
know, because I had earlier made Swami with Manoj Bajpai
and Juhi Chawla and have now made Angel with new faces
Nilesh Sahay and Maddalassa."
Sahay is none other than the son of the yesteryear actress
Zaheeda and the nephew of Sanjay Dutt, Maddalassa is daughter of
veteran actress Sheela Sharma, who made her debut in Rajshri
Films’ Nadiya Ke Paar more than three decades ago. The
film is the story of a girl who cannot speak and a boy who
speaks a lot. In brief, the boy meets this handicapped girl and
becomes the angel of her life, helping her overcome her
disability. A perfect Valentine’s Day film, Angel, is
slated for release on February 4.
Saachi, Kumar Gaurav’s daughter, is eyeing the tinseltown big time
handsome young son 23-year-old Tanuj Virwani is all set to make
his debut in Bollywood soon, with Joe Rajan’s untitled
project; after having assisted David Dhawan in a couple of
films. Tanuj has also worked as assistant director for Aao
Wish Karein and Chance Pe Dance.`A0The star son says
that he doesn’t think much about being compared to his mother.
He was supposed to make his debut in Ravi Chopra’s Purani
Jeans but the film didn’t see the light of the day due to
Chopra’s ill health.
Sanjay Dutt’s niece Saachi is eyeing tinseltown big time. The
23-year-old is an actor, fashion designer and model, and is
ready to make a career in Bollywood. She is the eldest daughter
of Kumar Gaurav, who was last seen on the big screen in Kaante
with his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt.
star kid did a diploma in fashion designing from SNDT University
in 2006. She also enrolled for a six-month internship with ace
designer Anna Singh. She launched her own label, Saachi, in
2007. The star-in-making has a clientele mainly in India and
West Asia. Saachi also designs for uncle Sanjay Dutt and his
sister Priya Dutt.
"As a child, I was very conscious of what I wore."
Saachi, who has watched her mother at work in her designer store
Bombay Bazaar, is working on a collection of dresses, which she
will retail in Mumbai. "The big plan is to revive Bombay
Bazaar and have my independent stores," says a confident
Saachi. So, make way for the new kid on the block.
Kapoor and his first wife Mona Kapoor’s son Arjun Kapoor will
also reportedly make his debut in Bollywood with Yash Raj Films.
Arjun had earlier worked as an assistant to Nikhil Advani in
films like`A0Salaam-e-Ishq, Kal Ho Na Ho and Krishna
Vamshi’s Shakti – The Power. He has also
worked as an executive producer in his father Boney Kapoor’s
projects like No Entry, Wanted and Milenge
Actor-director Vijay Anand’s son Vaibhav will be launched under the home banner in a thriller
19-year-old son, Jai Hemant, who is popularly known as Tiger,
was supposed to be launched by showman Subhash Ghai in the
remake of the hit film Hero, a film that had starred
his father. But now, Shroff maintains that Tiger will make his
debut after two years, as he is far too young.
son, Karan Deol is ready for Bollywod in a big way, even as
Sunny Deol is back on silver screen with Yamla Pagla Deewana
other two Deols – Dharamendra and Bobby.
preparing to launch Karan, aka Rocky, as he’s popularly known
quiet soon in B-town. The soon-to-be actor has also has joined
Rahul Rawail’s branch of Steklla Adler’s Acting School in
Mumbai to learn acting, informs Sunny.
the pretty daughter of character artistes Abhay Bhargav and
Kiran Bharghav, is all set to debut in Hum Do Anjaane
with Jackie Shroff and Naresh Kaura, who, besides producing the
film is also playing the lead in it. The film, which has been
directed by the Indo-Canadian director Milind Swamy, also has
actors like Avtar Gill, Vishwajeet Pradhan and new find Milind
Jadhav playing major roles.
The late actor-dierctor
Vijay Anand’s son Vaibhav Anand, who is fondly called Vibhu,
will also be launched under Vijay Anand’s own banner in a
thriller. The film is expected to go on floors by the middle of
this year. The film is written by Vaibhav Anand himself and is
slated to revive the banner after 25 years, to be called as
Vibhu Vijay Anand Pictures. Vibhu has worked as an assistant
with filmmakers like Ravi Chopra and Sooraj Barjatiya.
Kulraj Randhawa stars in Sameer Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana opposite Bobby Deol
daughter Zoa Morani is all set to make her debut with SRK’s
home production with Roshan Abbas as the director. Zoa has also
worked as an assistant director with Farah Khan in Om Shanti
daughter Narmmadaa will make her debut in a film that goes on
the floors very soon. The details are under wraps because
Govinda wants to spring up a surprise.
son Varun is scheduled to make his debut with a Karan Johar film
to be co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan. Varun was waiting in the
wings till KJo discovered him. Post Partner, filmmaker
David Dhawan, who is directing the film Rascals for
Sanjay Dutt’s home production, wants his son to make a debut
outside the home banner. Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan’s
youngest daughter Alia Bhatt will debut in Karan Johar’s film
with Varun, along with newbie Sidharth Malhotra.
Oberoi and Vivek Oberoi, one more Oberoi is poised to enter the
tinseltown. He is Akshay Oberoi, son of Suresh Oberoi’s
younger brother Krishna Oberoi. Akshay has made his debut as a
hero opposite newcomer Sandeepa Dhar in Rajshri Pictures’ Isi
Life Mein directed by debutante Vidhi Kasliwal. After a
degree at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore,
Maryland, Akshay studied acting at Stellar Adler at New
York. Akshay did a few plays with Makrand Deshpande, to
begin with, since he did not want to take the help of either his
uncle Suresh Oberoi or his cousin Vivek. Akshay adds that he was
attracted to acting after seeing the passion in his dad, who had
acted in Khotey Sikkey.
He says it was
a wonderful experience being directed by a woman director like
Vidhi Kasliwal. "Vidhi, who is Sooraj Barjatya’s niece,
had assisted Sooraj in Vivaah and Kaushik Ghatak in Ek
Vivaah Aisa Bhi. Vidhi is like Soorajji at heart, but with a
modern touch. She is a hard-working director, who knows exactly
what she wants."
is another new kid on the block who has made her debut with
Rajshri Production’s Isi Life Mein.
always wanted to take up acting since she was in college but
opted for a tryst with modelling after college. "I waited
because I wanted the best to begin with," quips Sandeepa.
as 800 girls from all over the country had been tested but they
did not come up with the right candidate for the role and I was
one of the last ones to be tested for the role," she adds.
Film 4 PM On
The Court marks the debut of Vidyut Xavier, who is the son
of the cinematographer Thomas Xavier. The film, directed by
debutante director Shine Krishna, deals with the game of
basketball and shows how people’s lives are affected through
the game. Real-life basketball players, who have been champions
of the sport in India, form the star cast of the film. It also
has Prashanti Singh, who plays in the`A0shooting guard position
for the Indian national women’s basketball team.
The other newbies making their
sensational debuts in Bollywood this year are Kulraj Randhawa,
who stars in Sameer Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana
opposite Bobby Deol, Danny Denzongpa’s son Rinzing Denzon-gpa
and Salma Agha’s daughter Zarah.