Bollywood Debutants of 2019
: Actor-filmmaker Sunny Deol's son Karan made his debut with the film titled Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas. Directed by Sunny himself, the film's title had taken from Sunny's father and veteran actor Dharmendra's famous song 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas' from the movie Blackmail, which released in 1973. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas hit theatres on September 20, 2019.
Sahher Bambba: Featuring in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, she marks her debut in Bollywood alongside Sunny Deol's son Karan Deol. Bambba considers herself fortunate enough to "be part of a film in any capacity". It's not an opportunity easily afforded to a newcomer, she reiterated.
Meezaan Jaaferi: Jaaved Jaaferi's son Meezaan made his Bollywood debut with Malaal. Meezaan, who worked with Bhansali as an assistant director on "Bajirao Mastani", has studied filmmaking from Visual Arts in New York. He had enrolled at the Franklin and Marshal University in Pennsylvania. Interestingly, Bhansali had earlier launched star kids Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya, who also worked as assistant directors with him.
Sharmin Segal: She too made her debut in Malaal, alongside Meezaan Jaaferi. Sharmin Segal is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's niece. She also worked as the assistant director on Bajirao Mastani.
Karan Kapadia: Dimple Kapadia's nephew and Twinkle Khanna's cousin Karan made his Bollywood debut with Blank, which released on May 3. An action-thriller, Blank revolved around the life of a suicide bomber, essayed by Karan. It also starred Sunny Deol. Akshay Kumar had shot a special song for his brother-in-law Karan Kapadia film, helmed by Behzad Khambata.
Ahan Shetty: Athiya Shetty's brother and actor Suniel Shetty's son, Ahan will soon join the Bollywood bandwagon. He will also get seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu hit movie titled RX 100. He will also pair with Tara Sutaria, who is venturing into the world of acting with Student of the Year 2. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and Ahan has been training for the action sequences in the movie. The yet-to-be-titled film is being produced under the Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment banner and presented by Fox Star Studios. It will go on floors by June this year.
: Chunky Panday's daughter made her debut with Punit Malhotra's Student of the Year 2, that released on May 10. Ananya also bagged a major role in Pati Patni Aur Woh, an adaptation of B.R. Chopra's 1978 film with the same title. The debutant is already a teen sensation on social media.
Pranutan Bahl: A spate of star kids geared up to make their debut on the silver screen in 2019 and actor Mohnish Bahl's daughter was one of them. Pranutan kick-started her Bollywood innings this year with superstar Salman Khan's production Notebook, which released this year. The film got mixed reactions from the audience, however, they loved the acting of both debutants.
Abhimanyu Dassani: Maine Pyar Kiya actress Bhagyashree's son Abhimanyu Dassani's Bollywood debut Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota hit theatres in March 2019. The film, directed by Vasan Bala, raked in critical acclaims from across quarters. Post its Indian release, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota released Internationally in countries like Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan to name a few.
Isabelle Kaif: Katrina Kaif's younger sister Isabelle Kaif is set to make her Bollywood film debut with Time to Dance, which stars Sooraj Pancholi. Kaif has advised her to keep her head down and work hard to sustain in the film industry. In 'Time to Dance', Sooraj Pancholi reportedly plays the character of a street dancer and Isabelle Kaif plays the character of a ballroom Latin dancer.
Zaheer Iqbal: Launched by Salman Khan in the film industry, Zaheer Iqbal made his Bollywood debut with Notebook. The film, which released in March had produced by Salman Khan Films along with Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde of Cine1 Studios, directed by Nitin Kakkar.
: She is the newest 'student', got launched by Karan Johar. Tara forayed into the world of Bollywood with Punit Malhotra's Student Of The Year 2. She has trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Latin American dance. Interestingly, she began to sing from the age of seven. Well, many don't know that the talented Tara Sutaria has crooned tracks in the films Taare Zameen Par, Guzaarish and David. Tara, even before the release of her debut film, had already bagged her second film. She will star in RX100 with Ahan Shetty.
Sanjana Sanghi: She will be making her Bollywood debut with Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara (earlier titled Kizie Aur Manny), The Fault In Our Stars' Bollywood version. Although this is Sanjana's first venture as a lead face, not many know that she has appeared in several films and TV ads. She was last seen in the opening minutes of the 2017 film Hindi Medium, which starred Irrfan Khan in the lead. Sanjana has also worked alongside Ranbir Kapoor in the 2011 film Rockstar. She played Nargis Fakhri's sister in the film. She was only 15 at the time of filming.
Vardhan Puri: Amrish Puri's grandson will make his Bollywood debut with Yeh Saali Aashiqui, a romantic thriller, backed by producer Jayantilal Gada. Vardhan treats his late grandfather as his guru and says whatever he does will be for his grandfather. "Dadu is the God whom I pray to. I was so close to him that I would sleep between him and my grandmother. When he passed away, for me it was like losing the protective cover of an umbrella. It was then, that I decided that if I do something, it would be for my grandfather and this film is an ode to him," recalled the debutant.
Iulia Vantur: Salman Khan's alleged girlfriend Iulia Vantur made her Bollywood debut with Radha Kyun Gori Main Kyun Kala.