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Screen Test

Of the slew of newbies who have debuted in the last two years, find out who hit the bull’s eye and who didn’t


 

The Hindi film industry has seen a virtual deluge of new actors especially in the last two years (2012-13), unleashing a new wave of cinema in their wake. But that does not necessarily bode well for Bollywood. What really matters is how many of these young actors have the talent and staying power to make a mark. This week, we take a look at the journeys of these actors, and ask distributors and exhibitors across India to rate them. We asked them who has hit the bull’s eye and who missed the marquee.

Rajesh Thadani, Multimedia Combines (Mumbai)

Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan
Debut film: Student Of The Year (2012)

These three actors made the best debut vis-à-vis the other newcomers by bagging some of the best roles and also by becoming most sought-after among their contemporaries. Moreover, they are not doing only commercial, masala films; it is heartening to see them take on challenging roles that test their acting prowess.

Sushant Singh Rajput

Debut Film: Kai Po Che (2013)

He had a decent start to his career with Kai Po Che and it did well in Mumbai and across India. But since it was a multi-hero film, he needs a few more projects to prove his mettle as a solo hero. His next film Shuddh Desi Romance was average fare. Although he has signed a few big films like P.K. and Paani, the former is again dominated by big actors like Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, so he may not stand out. It’s a little too early to comment on his films and only time will tell how well he can act.

Diana Penty

Debut Film: Cocktail (2012)

She has had quite a promising start since Cocktail was appreciated not only in the metros but also pan-India. I don’t know what she has signed next but if she gets meaty offers, the audience would like to see more of her.

Priya Anand

Debut Film: English Vinglish (2012)

She is quite talented and has done some good roles. Both her films were well received by the audience and although she was not the solo female lead, her performance stood out in English Vinglish as well as in Fukrey.

Huma Qureshi

Debut Film: Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012)

She has had a good run so far and she’s managed to bag some really good roles. She has got the opportunity to work with some big producers but I don’t think she can pull off a film entirely on her own. She is best suited for a certain type of role. I don’t think she can do glamorous roles.

Girish Kumar

Debut Film: Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)

He had quite a promising debut and his film did very well at the box office. But he will have to choose his next film wisely to maintain that momentum. The first film was produced by his father and was directed by Prabhu Dheva but the second film is a litmus test for any actor. It is interesting to see what he does next.

Pooja Salvi

Debut Film: Nautanki Saala (2013)

I don’t think she holds much promise. She was not received well by the audience in her first film and I don’t think she has shown conviction in her acting skills.

Tanuj Virwani

Debut Film: Luv U Soniyo (2013)

Despite the fact that he has signed quite a few films, both his first and second films bombed at the box office. His journey so far has not been promising.

Brijesh Tandon, HK Tandon & Co (Delhi-UP)

Ayushmann Khurrana

Debut Film: Vicky Donor (2012)

He is a good actor and singer but he doesn’t have star value. He needs script-oriented roles to do well. His debut film Vicky Donor did well because it had very strong content. The films he’s done after Vicky Donor, Nautanki Saala and Bewakoofiyan, were disasters.

Pulkit Samrat

Debut Film: Bittoo Boss (2012)

There is a strong buzz about him in our territory and he has shown promise pan-India as well but I doubt he has the power to carry a film on his shoulders. His first film Bittoo Boss bombed at the box office as the story was weak and he doesn’t possess the star power of a Hindi film hero. His next film Fukrey had an ensemble cast and it worked because it had a good script, while the third film, O Teri, was a disaster.

Manish Paul

Debut Film: Mickey Virus (2013)

He is not at all hero material. He can be good on TV but films are not his forte. He is a one-film wonder and has no buzz either in our territory or across India.

Sarang Chandak, Shri Rang Films (CP)

Vaani Kapoor

Debut Film: Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)

She has been noticed because she made her debut with a Yash Raj film. She has also worked in YashRaj’s South film, which is a remake of Band Baaja Baaraat. I think she has made quite a mark for herself.

Rhea Chakraborty

Debut Film: Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013)

I can’t recall who she is but the film did well. She didn’t have much scope and I don’t think many people really remember her.

Pooja Chopra

Debut Film: Commando (2013)

She has no talent and in spite of being the solo female lead, she didn’t stand out. The hero, Vidyut Jammwal was good and that’s why the film worked. It goes to show that despite the number of newcomers who make their debut in the industry, only the talented ones leave an impression.

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