Bollywood faces to watch out for
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Watch out for these Bollywood faces in 2004:
Shahid Kapoor: He has it in his genes. The son of the Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azim, Shahid won over the teenybopper audience with his campus courtship games in "Ishq Vishq".
Now he needs to go from cute to weighty. In 2004, Shahid Kapur has graduated from his "Ishq Vishq" leading lady Amrita Rao to the formidably glamorous Kareena Kapoor. His line-up of films in 2004 include Ken Ghosh's next movie.
Also on the anvil are the experienced film, theatre and television actor-director Ananth Mahadevan's "Mohabbat Ki Ki Ki" with three leading ladies, including Sharmila Tagore's daughter Soha.
Dino Morea: Not exactly a spring chicken. But like Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek, Dino is a late bloomer. After a steady rise from an also-ran to an oh-so-happening, Dino will be seen in a variety of roles in 2004, from the archetypal lover boy in "Ishq Hai Tumse" to a wannabe hero in Hriday Shetty's "Plan", a woman-bashing cad in Mahesh Manjrekar's "Rakht" and a young man courting a lonely older woman in Manjrekar's "Deh".
A reliable scene-stealer, equipped to handle every kind of heroic eventuality, Dino represents the triumph of the outsider in a lineage-fixated film industry.
Mohit Alaawat: When his godfather Ram Gopal Varma says he's huge star-material, we better believe him.
Varma, who earlier gave us the revamped power-packed Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan, Sameera Reddy and Manoj Bajpai, not to mention brand new scream-stealers like Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Antara Mali, predicts Mohit Alaawat is the biggest star-material he has ever groomed.
"Mohit isn't in the actor-actor mould of Manoj Bajpai or Paresh Rawal. He's more in the Hrithik Roshan/Sanjay Dutt league. A deadly combination of muscles and sensitivity," says Varma. Currently the wannabe wonder-boy is being groomed for a 2004 launch.
Kareena Kapoor: Ever since her stunning debut in "Refugee", Kareena has been hounded by a strange kind of enigmatic superstardom. Though most of her films post-"Refugee", including "Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon" in 2003, have failed, she continues to be the number one head-turner in Bollywood. Young fans see her as an Indian Britney Spears.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has signed her for his prestigious historical "Bajirao Mastani" sees classic elements of Nargis and Madhubala in her. With a scene-stealing cameo in "LOC" and as an enchanting streetwalker in "Chameli", Kareena is all set to usurp the number one spot in 2004.
Lara Dutta: After a whopper of a start with "Andaaz", Lara's second film and performance in "Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost" fizzled out. But already she has the nation screaming with her drop-dead dancing in the "Aisa jadoo" item number in "Khakee".
She's perfect heroine material. Lara can act and dance. For someone who's just a year-old in films her line-up of films in 2004 is extremely impressive.
Priyanka Chopra: At 20, Priyanka has the show world at her feet. With her spunky attitude and fierce dedication, she went from an also-ran debut in "The Hero" to a welcome-back reception in "Andaaz" within months. Today Priyanka is playing everything from a typical heroine in "Kismet" to a sultry heroine in "Aitraaz". The producers just can't get enough of her. And neither will the audience.