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Welcomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Welcome and Welcome. What's this section about? Hmm as you can read "The Newcomers in Bollywood." Newcomers who? well, we have Mahima Chowdhary, Arshad Warsi, Chandrachur Singh(he is still considered a new star), Anjala Zhaveri, Mayuri Congo, Mukul Dev, Arbaaz Khan, Akshaye Khanna and many others stars which you haven't noticed because you were too busy with a Shahrukh Khan or an Anil Kapoor. After recieving a lot of requests from people around the world that they wanted some pictures of these so called "new" stars, I said what the hecht, I will at least make a few people happy with this section, I know ain't I nice? Thank yoU! Thank YOU! So have fun and dont' forget to sign my guestbook.
For someone with the right connection(he is movie scenarist Salim Khan's
younger son and younger brother of..well you all know that already),his
professional entry into the movie industry was not smooth."I had always been fascinated by films because
of the kind of atmosphere that we have had at home. I knew I wanted
to be an actor, so I started conditioning myself. I even assisted
Mahesh Bhatt because I though that experience would help me."
He is called "Rocky" in the industry. He has already worked with a great director Gulzar, has already given a hit and is on the verge to the top. Chandrachur Singh and Arshad Warsi teamed up to give a pure entertainer in "Tere Mere Sapne," however he had a slight edge over Arshad since he was one movie old and Arshad was still a "new" guy around him. After the hit "Tere Mere Sapne," he has teamed up with Arshad Warsi again in "Beetabi." His future movies include an SILSILA HAI PYAR KA with Karishma Kapoor and Deepa Mehta's EARTH. He might be the rising star professionally, but his personal life seems to have suffered at the alter of success. Chandrachur and girlfriend Tanu have split-up just when everything was going so right for him.
Puru Kumar, the son Of Raj Kumar. He was supposed to be following his fathers footsteps but his movie "Bal Bhramchari" failed at the box office. His future movies include, a flick with Raveena Tandon and another one with Pooja Batra.
Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss World has entered into the film industury. She worked with Mani Ratnam in a Tamil Film. Her debut wasn't as disasterous as Sushmita Sen's. She has worked with Bobby Deol in "Aur Pyar Ho Gaya." The movie failed however, she looked, acted and danced very well. She is on the verge of her career with Future movies like 'Aa ab Laut Chalen' with Akshaye Khanna and 'Hum Panchi Ek daal ke' with Sunil Shetty. YOu better watch out for this chick in 1998 cuz she is gonna blow everyone away with her drop dead looks.
Must say that for someone whose debut film, Dastak was a dud, Mukul Dev has done
pretty well for himself. He's on the roll. Though Dastak crashed, he was appreciated.
Followed assignments with directors Aziz Mirza and Umesh Mehra.
"Not everyone gets lucky like me," he boasts. "Can you imagine, a newcomer
like me is doing Qilla with Dilip Kumar and Jai Surya with Nana Patekar,
two of the best talents in this country. What more could I ask for?"
His new wife is his lodestar. " I was in love with Shilpa for years...but it took me forever to convince her to marry me. We got married on February 16 after she turned 22." Though Mukul was bitten by the acting bug while he was still in his teens, he trained to be a commercial pilot and has a licence to fly. For a while, he appeared in TV plays like Ek Se Badhkar Ek and Tanav. Subsequently, Mukul enrolled in the Viveck Vaswani Celebrity Management Group . He wants to sign movies with Rakesh Roshan and Subhash Ghai but still doesn't want to sign a lots of movies..with a sheepish grin he claims " Man, what's the hurry? I'm only 26."
Hers was a quiet, unobtrusive presence. And yet, Rajeshwari made an impact. She won this
year's National Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sardari Begum.
Naturally, she's thrilled. More so, since she claims that she'd missed it by a single vote for her
first film with Shyam Benegal, Suraj Ka Satwaan Ghoda. "This time, I wasn't even expecting to
win," she says, "So when Pam Chopra called up to congratulate me, I promptly asked her,
'Congratulations', for what?'"
Rajeshwari has been on the scene for some five years now. But her forays into the mainstream
movies didn't account to much. But Sardari Begum seems to be changing things. Rajeshwari
feels that its premiere on Star Plus was the best thing to happen to the film. Thanks to the
publicity build-up that the film was given, hundreds of viewers made it a point to switch on their
sets for its TV premiere.
Rajeshwari blames herself for not taking care of her PR pitch. After some unpleasant experiences in the industry, she just let things ride. Somewhat cautiously, she reveals, that when she would meet producers for assignments, she was often asked, "How about going out for dinner with me on Sunday? Now you know what that means," the 22-year-old actress adds. "Thanks, but no thanks. I don't want to pass judgements on the successful heroines... I'm just telling you about what happened to me. At the end of the day, I have to feel that I haven't sold myself just for a role." When she did actually do some masala films, it was felt that she wasn't interested in serious cinema. And to top it all, now that she's into meaningful cinema, it's felt that she'll turn up her nose at the prospect of running around trees. "I ask you, is this fair?" she asks, looking me straight in the eye. "I swear I have no hang-ups. For a change, I'd love to dance around the trees, the bushes and the flowers." Rajeshwari regrets the fact that the bigwigs don't know about her... and if they do, they have ignored her so far. She did act in Param Vir Chakra and Pyar Pyar, but both these films bombed badly. So wasn't it her choice of films that's to be blamed? Her eyes cloud, "To choose you have to be given a choice. But maybe it's just a matter of time. I know my time will come."
In Little Buddha, she played the wife of Keanu Reeves, no less. So, what was he like? Was there any off-screen chemistry between the two? "Ha, you must be joking," she roars with laughter. "He is a thorough gentleman, somewhat reserved but we were friends by the time we finished shooting for the film. And that was it... nothing more, nothing less." Rajeshwari is doing Umesh Mehra's Qilla, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's Chirantan, Nabendu Ghosh's untitled project and Shyam Benegal's Zubeida. "Who knows? I'll win an Oscar yet," she signs off.
She's been around, here, there and literally
everywhere. She was born in Delhi. She went to school in London. And she
studied fashion designing in Australia. When she jet-hopped to Kuwait, where
her father is a Charted Accountant, she found it "oh-so-boring"
and chose to walk the Delhi ramp as a model. Now, she's being introduced
in Shivam, opposite Panini Raaj Kumar.
Maheep Sandhu, earlier only known as
Sanjay Kapoor's girlfriend, is in throes of establishing her own identity.
With a va-va-voom figure and a congenial personality, there's no reason
why she should have lingered in the dim-lit discos.
Maheep has been dating Sanjay for the last four years. So why films, now? "Believe me," she explains, "There's no question about ego-shego in this at all. I had no idea that I'd end up doing films. Shivam simply fell on my lap like Newton's apple."The competition is hotting up. With Aishwarya and Sushmita, Namrata Shirodkar, Pooja Batra, Mahima and Anupama Verma, how will Maheep give these newcomers a run for their bucks? "Well, I've never claimed that I'm a Sridevi or a Madhuri. I can just try my best to fit in," is all she will say.
They don't teach upcoming stars how to handle the fame game. Or how to gambol through the gamut of photo-sessions, interviews and PR meetings. Quite clearly, Smriti Mishra is an actress, not a seasoned camera object. If she's capable of emotional translucence in front of the moving camera, the still lens is her nightmare.With Jaya Ganga, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin and Sardari Begum, Smriti has conveyed an intangible quality that gives a performance an added dimension.In the bollywood studios,she's trying her best to strike the right pose, look like a temptress in action. It's as if at the end of the day, she's striving to reconcile the demands of her growing public persona with her need for privacy. Her initiation has only just begun.
Arif is playing a role of eunuch in Darmiyan. Zakaria is excited about his debut, no doubt."There's lot of prestige in the role and one could say it's a dream come true," he says, "If I had been an actor doing the regular song-dance-fight kind of roles, I would have been talking about wanting to do something like this. But here I am with what can be called the role of a lifetime in my very first feature film!"
Zakaria lacks the prerequisite drop-dead looks, or even passably good looks. But he is perceptive, down-to-earth and very, very practical, with head firmly affixed on shoulders.
Zakaria's tryst with acting began with a sneeze. No kidding. His acting talents were first tested in the college dramatics circle, when his very first play involved a role where all he had to do was sneeze. However, he tasted blood when he attained overnight stardom with his role as a student leader in the tele-serial Chunauti.
That was in 1989. He was doing his second year of graduation in Bombay's Sydenham college. Acting became a career after his graduation and due to the immense success of Chunauti.
"In Chunauti, were out to impress," he says with a straight face. "One was not trained in acting then, and knew little of the techniques involved, so the skills came out naturally in our eagerness to perform well."
There was no let-up after Chunauti as one serial after another followed. Karambhoomi
and Hamrahi on Doordarshan, Aarzoo on DD
Metro, Jagir on Sony TV and Campus on Zee TV, made Zakaria a familiar household name.
Zakaria was already working with Kalpana Lajmi in her English tele-serial, Awakening when Darmiyan began.
"Kalpana had already promised to give me a bit role in Darmiyan which was still in the planning stages then," says Zakaria. Eventually, when Shah Rukh dropped out, Lajmi quickly latched onto available talent to play the lead. Zakaria's vulnerable, soft looks proved ideal for the eunuch's role.
Zakaria created quite a stir when he accepted the role. After all, even Shah Rukh Khan did not want to risk his image playing a eunuch. So it was strange that a young up-coming actor should accept such a role in his debut film.
"There were all kinds of reactions... Some were awed, some surprised, others shocked, and yet some others, skeptical...." Zakaria couldn't complain: It was break, a good one at that, considering Lajmi had already made a name for herself with the award-winning Rudaali. "In the film industry, you don't always get what you want. You just grab whatever's tossed at you -- it's one of those peculiar ball games," Arif says, laughing.
Zakaria did not do the rounds of the chakka colonies to research his character.
"Kalpana's script was complete in itself. She has done all the research, all the permutations and combinations were there. All I had to do was follow the bracketed role and use gut instinct." Not very convincing, wot?
The film is a statement about a eunuch's internal anguish, he says. "I have tried to... perform the role truthfully. I didn't want to make a caricature of the character... My effort was to move the audience, not titillate them." So people look out for this STar who is gonna make it big.
Mind you, she's no cast-off from the ramp; she only just failed to make Ms India. No harm in losing out to
Sush and Ash, wot? Went down fighting, she did. Thereafter, she's bagged enough modelling assignments --
including a series for Kama Sutra condoms that would make Kalpana Iyer blush -- and refused a role offered
by Vinod Khanna for his Himalaya Putra. Now she's decided that acting is her cup of tea, after
all.It wasn't the box office bomb, Prithvi, where she played second fiddle to Shilpa Shetty, even
doing a cabaret number. No one even thought of accusing her for the film's failure. "Prithvi is a
nice film but it isn't that kind of launch pad I needed. My first film should have been with a fresh pair,
without me playing the second fiddle to the lead pair." Sad thing, it wasn't she claims.
"I'm not cynical or bitter. I'm just fighting against the odds. And why should I say anything good about them when they have nothing good to say to me? I'm a very practical person. And I'm a very calculating person."
So far her calculations have done her no good. Indeed, despite it almost pushing her into the Kalpana Iyer mould. She claims she is quite happy with her small roles, which ensure she is not solely responsible for the success or failure of the film.
Sushmita Sen, the former Miss Universe's debut was a washout. She worked with Mukul Dev(another Newcomer). The media criticized her acting and dancing skills however she still was a treat for the eyes. Her future movies include a flick with Sunny Deol.
He is the other son of Late Raj Kumar. Deepak Anand, the director of 'Shivam,' was the first man to see "some rare hero material" in Panini. He observed him carefully and decided to make a film with him. He had several talks with panini who is 20 years old and stands over 6 feet tall. The director of 'Shivam' thinks Panini is going to be the "ideal hero of the twenty-first century." The question is, will this boy be able to pick up where his father left off?? Isn't it too risky of asking a newcomer to be expected to match the late Raj Kumar. His brother Puru Kumar couldn't do it, let's see what can Panini do. In his debut movie, Panini plays Shivam, a cop out to crash a syndicate of crime. Maheep Sandhu-Sanjay Kapoor's Girlfriend plays opposite him respectively.
It's a charming face, a pretty face, even a refreshing one. There is this innocence about Divya Dutta's looks that makes the guys frown upon all the brassiness in vogue now and cast a comforting hand around the shoulders of the adult cherub and say, "There, there".
Then again, maybe it wouldn't be a good idea. Dutta wouldn't take too kindly to it -- for all that
unspoilt freshness about her visage, she's seen enough of the Hindi film industry to have put up some very
prickly armour in place. If you remember even Urmila Matondkar started off with similar large-eyed
innocence. And now…
Perhaps that was why she was noticed though that wasn't why she was praised for her role in Suraksha opposite Sunil Shetty and in Veergati with Salman Khan. As these films flopped, offers faded away. Till a humdinger of one came, the one for A Train to Pakistan.
The spotlight was back on Divya. Lavish praise -- about her beauty, her talent, her grand entree, well, everything about her -- came in thick and treacly.
It was, of course, convenient to gloss over the fact that she has been on stage since her childhood in Punjab. Even past college -- graduating in English and psychology -- she never though she'd make acting big business till she won a seat at the Stardust Academy. Then, she mused, giving stardom the chance to grace her petite shoulders wouldn't be a bad idea.
Like many newcomers, she shrugs off the fear of competition. "I am not afraid of it; there is no burning ambition to be number one. If I am number one, nothing like it. And if I am not, then it's fine too," she says. But she assures you that though she isn't part of the rat race, she is serious about acting.
Another fresh face that is soon going to reign bollywood is the face of Neelam Singh. Whoever saw her commercials and portfolio wondered why she wasn't giving films a try. And that set Neelam thinking. She did accept a couple of small screen assignments and is now looking for the "right break" in films. "I know these days they don't have many strong roles for girls, but I won't mind doing roles that are not totally frivolous. "She doesn't have any qualms about glamorous roles either, provided what she does "makes sense." So look out for this babe, she is out to rule bollywood soon.
Who is this handsome hunk?? Well he was the "bad" guy in DDLJ. Do you guys remember now? Parmeet Sethi got lost in the myst of Shahrukh khan and kajol. His next movie, Diljale alongside Ajay Devgan and Sonali Bendre didn't do much for his career. For now Parmeet is busy modeling but he will jump back into movies once he gets a good offer.