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    After Covid Dampener, Ahan Shetty, Rashmika Mandanna & Isabelle Kaif Finally Ready For B-Town Debut In 2021

    Stars on the horizon
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    Stars on the horizon

    The year 2020 was a bust in many ways. The pandemic forced us to stay at home, mostly, and deprived us of a normal life. But when we had nothing and nowhere to go, we still had art and entertainment to seek comfort in. The world turned to OTT (Over The Top content) as it went online. Movies, shows, music and more were available online and that kept our entertainment quotient, and somewhere also our sanity, in check. Now as we enter 2021 with more caution (and a mask!), Bollywood is ready to welcome us with a list of promising newcomers who will most likely make their big-screen debut this year.

    By the way, here's a fun fact: did you know that Indian cinema is the world's largest film industry when it comes to production?! The industry releases over 1,000 films a year, averaging between three and five new releases every week. And with that, many new faces make their debut on the silver screen with fervent hope and prayers to make it big in tinsel town.

    In this year of the ‘new normal’, and new beginnings, let’s take a look at the new stars on the horizon.

    Shalini Pandey
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    Shalini Pandey

    The 26-year-old started her acting journey with theatre in Jabalpur. In 2017, Pandey made her Telugu debut with 'Arjun Reddy', and earned high praise. Now she is set to make her big Bollywood debut with writer-director Divyang Thakar's 'Jayeshbhai Jordaar'.
    The film, which was originally scheduled for a 2020 release, stars 'Gully Boy' actor Ranveer Singh in the titular role.

    Ahan Shetty
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    Ahan Shetty

    After Athiya, Suniel Shetty's son, Ahan, will be making his big debut in Bollywood this year with the Milan Luthria- directorial 'Tadap'. The film features the 'Student of the Year 2' actress Tara Sutaria opposite Shetty Jr. 'Tadap' is a remake of the 2018 Telugu hit 'RX 100'. The 25-year-old's Instagram is a testimony to his wanderlust, filled with pictures from his travel experiences.

    Manushi Chhillar
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    Manushi Chhillar

    The former Miss World, Manushi Chhillar, will make her silver screen debut with period action drama 'Prithviraj' that also has Akshay Kumar in the male lead.

    The Chandraprakash Dwivedi-directorial is based on the life of Prithviraj Chauhan. Chhillar, a trained Kuchipudi dancer, plays the role of Sanyogita, Chauhan's wife. The film, which was initially slated to release in Diwali 2020, also features Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood among others. Movies apart, Chillar has also been busy with studies - the 23-year-old is pursuing anMBBS degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonipat.

    ​Sharvari
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    ​Sharvari

    The actress will be stepping in Bollywood with her debut film 'Bunty Aur Babli 2' which also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi of 'Gully Boy' fame. Sharvari was first seen in the web series 'The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye'. Not just acting, she also has a musical side to her, and is known to play the piano.Apart from Sharvari and Chaturvedi, 'Bunti Aur Babli 2', which circles around two con couples, also sees Rani Mukherjee doing an encore, and Saif Ali Khan. The film was initially scheduled to hit the theatres in 2020 but was pushed due to the Covid-19 situation.

    Isabelle Kaif
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    Isabelle Kaif

    Katrina Kaif's younger sister Isabelle Kaif will be making her debut in Bollywood with Karan Lalit Butani's 'Kwatha'. The film is based on a real-life story which revolves around an Army officer and his relationship with a village. The film features Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma as the male lead.Kaif made her acting debut with the 2014 film 'Dr. Cabbie', a Salman Khan production, but failed to leave a mark for herself. She took acting training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute of New York for four years.

    ​Lakshya
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    ​Lakshya

    After a successful TV innings, Lakshay is set to add B-town to his portfolio. The television star will make his debut with Karan Johar's 'Dostana 2' that also has Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor. Lakshya first gained recognition for his part in MTV India's ‘Warrior High’. So far, he has appeared in shows such as 'Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya', 'Adhuri Kahani Humari' among others.

    Rashmika Mandanna
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    Rashmika Mandanna

    Rashmika Mandanna, who has made a name for herself in Telugu and Kannada cinema, is now headed towards Bollywood. Her Hindi debut film is 'Mission Majnu' which co-stars the 'Kapoor and Sons' lead Sidharth Malhotra. Directed by Shantanu Bagchi, the film is set in the 1970s and based on real life events.
    The 24-year-old actress, who made her acting debut in 2016 with the Kannada film 'Kirik Party', is one of the highest-paid stars down South.

    Shirley Setia
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    Shirley Setia

    The 25-year-old singer started her showbiz career by recording covers of songs on YouTube and then performing live for thousands of people.Now this Internet star, originally from Auckland, will be making her Bollywood debut with director Sabbir Khan's ‘Nikamma’, which co-stars Abhimanyu Dassani, who is the son of veteran actress Bhagyashree.Setia made her acting debut with Netflix's 'Maska' which was released online in March last year.

    Pranitha Subhash
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    Pranitha Subhash

    Actor Pranitha Subhash, who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada language films, will be making her Hindi debut with the Ajay Devgn-starrer 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'. The film, directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, revolves around IAF Squadron leader Vijay Karnik, the then in-charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. Apart from this, she will also be seen in a lead role in 'Hungama 2', which will be directed by film-maker Priyadarshan.

    Ahaan Pandey
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    Ahaan Pandey

    Ahaan Pandey, who is already a star on Instagram, is set to make his Bollywood debut this year, if reports are true. Ananya Panday's cousin Ahaan Pandey will be charming us on-screen with his superpowers in director Shiv Rawail's next. The film also stars Ajay Devgn and is produced by Yash Raj Films.Apart from his upcoming film, the 23-year-old made a ramp debut in 2016 for designer Nandita Mahtani at her fashion show.

    Palak Tiwari
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    Palak Tiwari

    TV star Shweta Tiwari's daughter Palak is one of the newcomers who will be making their debuts in Bollywood this year. The 20-year-old will star in Vivek Oberoi's production 'Rosie: The Saffron Chapter'. The horror film, which is directed by Vishal Ranjan Mishra, revolves around Rosie, a call-centre employee who mysteriously disappears.Tiwari already has a strong presence on Instagram and frequently keeps sharing pictures with her 462K fans.

    Ajey Nagar
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    Ajey Nagar

    If the name Ajey Nagar doesn’t ring a bell, ‘CarryMinati’ surely will. The 21-year-old, who goes by the name ‘CarryMinati’, is a famous YouTuber, comedian and gamer.Nagar, who has around 10.6 million followers on Instagram and 27.9 million subscribers on YouTube, is all set to make his Bollywood debut with the Ajay Devgn-directorial 'Mayday'. The YouTube star will be seen sharing the big screen with Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh.

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    Namashi Chakraborty
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    Namashi Chakraborty

    Yesteryear megastar Mithun Chakraborty's youngest son, Namashi, is all set to follow in his father's footsteps and make his silver screen debut.Chakraborty Jr will be seen for the first time in Rajkumar Santoshi's rom-com titled 'Bad Boy', which also marks co-star Amrin Qureshi's debut. Before him, his elder brother Mahaakshay, better known as Mimoh, also tried to make it big in Bollywood. He made his debut in 2008 with director Raj N. Sippy's 'Jimmy', which was a debacle at the box office. From there, it was a rocky ride for the 36-year-old actor after consecutive flops.

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