Every year a bunch of newbies make their way to Bollywood, their eyes twinkling, tugging along a suitcase full of dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Promising an infusion of new acting talent and good cinema, many of these debutants manage to not only enchant the audience in the theaters but also manage to get themselves noticed and move on to greener pastures. 2016 was no different and witnessed some stellar performances by these newcomers which not only spun the box office but left the audience wanting for more.
Here is a list of the top 10 Bollywood debutants who managed to create a niche for themselves this year.
Sanam Teri Kasam
A well-known name in the Telugu cinema, Harshvardhan Rane made his Bollywood debut in Sanam Teri Kasam, directed by
. Paired opposite to the Pakistani Beauty,
, Rane played Inder in this modern day rendition of Eric Segal’s . Rane with his rugged handsomeness and smoldering black eyes not only managed to make every girl swoon but also made an impact with his acting skills as an artist. He was nominated for the Stardust Award 2016 under the Best Actor (Debut) category.
Pooja Hedge made her Bollywood debut with her stunning performance in ‘’s “Mohenjo Daro” and was seen romancing Bollywood’s Greek God,
. Set in 2016 BC, the movie takes us on an epic journey of a farmer (Sarman) who travels to the city of Mohenjo Daro and falls for Channi, played by Hedge. A former beauty pageant contestant, Pooja Hedge was crowned the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India 2010 contest and as a result of her stellar performance in Mohenjo Daro bagged, a well deserved, the Best Debutant of the Year at the LUX Rose Golden Awards 2016.
Fatima Sana Shaikh
Probably the most awaited debut of the year, Fatima Sana Sheikh made her mark on the silver screen as well as on the audience’s hearts while playing
starrer ‘Dangal’. She was appreciated in “Chachi 420” (1997) for her role of Bharti Ratan and is all set to win everyone’s heart with her powerful performances.
The Punjabi Munda, Dosanjh has made everyone hop to the beats of his songs like 5 Taara and Do You Know, and now stunned everyone with his hard-hitting performance in “Udta Punjab”. Receiving highly positive reviews from everyone, Diljit indeed made a strong debut and left everyone waiting for him to come back on the silver screen soon!
5) Mawra Hocane (Sanam Teri Kasam)
Mawra, a Pakistani Model, turned actress, first made her TV debut in 2009 in the TV Serial, ‘Maryam’. A law graduate, Hocane is a household name in Pakistan due to her performance in serials like Aahista Aahista and Ik Tamanna Lahasil Si. With her charming personality, delicate beauty & brilliant performance as 'Saru' in 'Sanam Teri Kasam' opposite Harshvardhan Rane, Hocane managed to make a positive impact on the audience.
The younger brother of VJ-turned-actor
, Aparshakti has also worked as an RJ and TV anchor. Making his Debut in Aamir Khan Starrer ‘Dangal’, Khurana is expected to leave a mark on the audience. He will next be seen in Babbu Ki Jawani.
The 18-year-old newbie of Bollywood, Saigal made her debut in Telugu last year and is the niece of Bollywood’s famous star
. She made her Bollywood debut opposite the Bollywood star
this year and starred in ‘Shivaay’. This Maharashtrian beauty is all set to take Bollywood by storm.
, Shriya is an Indian director, producer and stage performer. She made her big Bollywood breakthrough alongside the Badshah ‘
Shah Rukh Khan
’ in the movie ‘Fan’. Pilgaonkar received an overwhelming response and did not get overshadowed despite acting alongside such an established Superstar. She has bagged numerous awards & acclaims for her performances in Marathi cinema, and all set to rock Bollywood as well.
A Delhi girl, Malhotra is a trained ballet dancer and is seen playing Aamir Khan’s daughter in ‘Dangal’. A fresh face in Indian cinema she has previously appeared in several advertisements. A promising debut with a strong character Dangal has definitely opened several new gates for Sanya.
Kher conquered the modeling world and campaigned for brands like Levis, Pantaloons, and L’oreal before making her way to Bollywood. She has started her B-town journey by making her debut opposite
in ‘Mirzya’. The yesteryear actress
is Saiyami’s grandmother.