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A Star Is Born

The trailer of Mirzya suggests that Harshvardhan Kapoor will break the dry spell of male debutant actors and might just be that talented new star the film industry is looking for

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Anil Kapoor ruled the box office back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and has had a very successful career of over three and a half decades. The actor also forayed into television with the Indianised version of the hit series
24 and this year with the start of the second season of his series, he once again garnered much appreciation from the audience.nil Kapoor is a name to reckon with in the Hindi film industry. Globally, too, Kapoor is one of the most recognised Indian actors, thanks to his appearance in Hollywood films like Slumdog Millionaire and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the very popular TV series, 24.

While senior Kapoor has been there, his elder daughter Sonam Kapoor too forayed into films with her much-talked-about debut back in 2008 with Saawariya, which was also a launch pad for Ranbir Kapoor.

While this Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed, larger-than-life film failed to impress at the box office, Sonam made her presence felt and her name was added to the list of the most promising actresses of her time. While Sonam was part of several big-budget films, she finally tasted huge success with this year’s release, Neerja, which had her playing the title role. The solo-heroine oriented film not only charmed the audience but the trade too.

With the Kapoor father-daughter duo flourishing in their respective films, this year we will see another member of this family, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Anil Kapoor’s son, making his much-anticipated acting debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s magnum opus, Mirzya releasing on October 7. The trade and audience are eagerly awaiting this film, especially after its trailer impressed everyone with its marvelous visuals, music and presence of this young Kapoor boy.

Given that the film industry needs a new star to make his mark since the past two years haven’t seen any promising male newcomers other than Tiger Shroff, this week, we asked trade experts what they think about and expect from this star kid of 2016. Here’s what they had to say:

Anees-Bazmee-CopyAnees Bazmee, Director

I love Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s films and I believe he has made a brilliant piece of art with Mirzya. Harshvardhan Kapoor looks very promising in the very first trailer. Usually, people wait to watch a film and then comment but the trailer promises a super lead star cast. The industry is definitely poised to get one more actor. Moreover, newcomers are the need of the hour. Harshvardhan has already started working on his second film and his choice of films looks different.

KAMLESHPANDEY1P-150x150Kamlesh Pandey , Writer

We do need new faces, new stars that’s the need of the industry. I don’t think after Ranveer Singh we have got a star. Talking about Harshvardhan Kapoor of what I saw in the trailer I see huge potential in him, though a trailer is not the right thing to judge by because as filmmakers we put the best scenes in the trailer. But what I heard from Rakeysh (Omprakash Mehra) about Harshvardhan, is he is very hard working and focused. I totally hope he does well and we get a superstar. But remaining a superstar is the most challenging aspect. A film star’s life is very limited, in five years’ time you are replaced by young faces, there is no in-between way. If you are an actor you can get work but being a star sometimes has its own disadvantages as much as you have advantages. I hope Harshvardhan is the next big superstar. The best thing about today’s audience is that they give you time, even if you are average in your first film they accept you. If you are not good enough even after doing 10 films then they reject you. Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor debuted in Saawariya and the film didn’t do great business but today both actors have made their own mark. Rakeysh is a great director and he has an eye for actors so definitely he must have seen a spark in Harsh.

SujitShoojit Sircar, Filmmaker

Anil Kapoor was and is one of the finest actors in our industry, the kind of command he has onscreen is something not many actors have. Mirzya the film as a whole has huge expectations attached to it, being a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra production and the kind of subject he presents with his auteur makes the film one of the most prominent launchpads one can ever ask for. Harshvardhan is a promising actor who in a few scenes in the trailer captivates you with his intensity.

himanshuHimanshu Sharma, Writer

Harshvardhan Kapoor has a lot of talent. From the trailer, he looks very promising and intense. The film has action, romance and a lot of intensity. There are very few actors who speak through their eyes and that one scene speaks for Harshvardhan Kapoor as an actor. He is extremely talented and I am totally looking forward to watching Mirzya. What more could you want in your debut film when you have a behtareen shaayar like Gulzar saab writing the dialogue and the film’s story.


Remo D'SouzaRemo D’Souza, Director

It’s wrong to judge someone on the basis of just one trailer. But what we have seen in the Mirzya trailer so far, Harshvardhan looks very promising. We need stars and somehow through his eyes it looks like he is going to make his own mark. The actor has bagged his second film already and has started shooting even when his first film is not out yet. That just shows that he has immense potential and a bright future ahead.

Abhinay DeoAbhinay Deo, Director

The trailer of Mirzya was very intriguing. I have always been a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra fan and knowing him, the film will be grand. Harshvardhan looks very intense; he seems to have a lot of potential. The trailer shows you two different times, and in both, he looks very intense. There is not much dialogue in the trailer, which is exactly how a newcomer’s trailer has to be done – you get a few glimpses and are tempted to watch more of the newcomer. Such intensity in an actor, that too at such a young age, is very rare to find. In the coming years, Harshvardhan will definitely rise in his career.

AshwiniAshwini Chaudhary, Director

I loved the trailer of Mirzya, and Harshvardhan Kapoor looks very intense. Even though it is his first trailer, he doesn’t look like a newcomer, his eyes speak volumes. The trailer is cut in a way where his presence has been made quite obvious. He has a bright future, that’s for sure. I believe he bagged his second film, for which he has already started shooting, even before this trailer released. So the actor has a lot of potential and we (industry and audience) are totally looking forward to watching him.

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