Face -Offs of Bollywood Actress.
On the morning edition of leading newspapers of 25th February, 2018 we were acquainted about sudden demise of Bollywood legendary actress Sridevi. The entire Indian subcontinent became curious about the probable reasons and her latest whereabouts. News feeds provided us with the details. The most important news that came along was the information about the debut of Janhvi Kapoor – daughter of the late actress. Her debutant film “Dhadak“ was going to release very soon where she would appear on screen with Ishaan Khatter – another starlet. The film is a remake of Marathi blockbuster Sairat. There were serious criticism and comparison between these two films. Another debutant in form of Sarah Ali Khan, daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh has appeared in the scenario too. She is also going to put up her debutant films – “Kedarnath” by Abhishek Kapoor. The stars casting opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. There are serious considerations about who may win the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award 2019 – “Janhvi or Sarah”.
Thus, it is needless to mention that the job for people entrusted to pole for choosing the best debutant actors, becomes complicated. And for your kind information, this is not happening for the first time. This will be clarified with the following examples.
2012 – Alia Bhatt vs. Parineeti Chopra
Alia was known for her high spirit in activities. Her first film was named as “Student of the Year” where she was co-starred by Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. In the multi-starred film, Alia showed the innate potential in her and the promise in her was unfailingly noticed. Her tonal quality is amazing too. This multifarious talent was challenged by another new comer Parineeti Chopra with the lead debutant “Ishaqzaade” opposite Arjun Kapoor. She had wondered with the unique screen presence and effort-less delivery of dialogue. When the contest was centred between these two early debutantes, Ileana D’cruz was successful in assuming the crown for her excellent performance in “Barfi” opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
2008 –Anushka Sharma vs. Asin Thottumkal
Anushka Sharma acted with the legend Shahrukh Khan in her debutant film Rab Ne Bana di Jodi where she made a significant contribution despite being an ‘outsider’ in the film. Conversely, Asin Thottumkal, a diva from south, made her Bollywood entry in “Ghajini” opposite Aamir Khan, another legendary film actor. This film was the first one in Bollywood to collect more than one billion in the domestic box-office. It could procure 1.9 billion from the World Premiers. So, the choice was automatic. It was undoubtedly Asin to grab the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the year.
2007 – Sonam Kapoor Ahuja vs Deepika Padukone
Deepika is the ward of the veteran Badminton Star, Prakash Padukone. She has interest over the game where acting forms her career ladder. Her debutant film was “OM Shanti OM” against SRK became a mega hit for the extraordinary performances from both of them. Deepika was sure to put a lasting impact in people’s mind. But, for the year, her contribution had to face a tacit confrontation from another debutant actress – Sonam Kapoor. Her performance and show-off in the Sanjay Leela Banshali film “Saawariya” had almost stolen the limelight. Deepika, however grabbed the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award after a photo-finish win.
2003 – Priyanka Chopra vs. Lara Dutta
Both of them made their debut film appearance in the same film – “Andaz” starring opposite Akshay Kumar. It is said that the debut had open doors for both of them in many ways. Priyanka, however, had an earlier appearance in the film ‘Hero: Love Story of a Spy’ but in a supporting role. Both of them even cast their presence in screen after bagging Beauty Pageants. Their contributions were equally recognised, as both of them became joint winner of the Award.
2000 – Ameesha Patel vs. Kareena Kapoor Khan
A superiorly graded film was made in the year 2000 casting the great actor Hrithik Roshan. The name of the film was “Kaho Naa ….. Pyaar Hai” and the film had broken many records in the box-office. The newly introduced Ameesha Patel made a memorable experience for people who had watched the film. On the other hand, there was another release named ‘Refugee’ which was cast by a couple of new-comers making debut in the industry. They were Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor respectively. The film could not make significant input in the box-office; still, the way Kareena had put up her contribution was aptly acknowledged. It was Kareena who could bag the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for that year and it was a obvious decision.
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