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10 December 2023

Who's challenging Bollywood Khans? Not Ranbir Kapoor...


The sequel to the famous ‘Gangajal’ starring Ajay Devgn called ‘Gangajal 2’ will now have a female lead in the sequel. Ajay Devgn is also producing this film which will have Prakash Jha not just as the director of the film but also as the villain.

Mahesh Bhatt who has done short cameos in films earlier will now play the lead role in a film directed by Mukul Misra. The film will see Bhatt as donning the robes of a monk in a film on Buddhism where a boy lost in the brothels of Varanasi is shown the right path by Bhatts
character. The film is called ‘Siddhartha’ and will release this year.

Karan Johar who did a short cameo in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ will go negative this year in the Fox film directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film called ‘Bombay Velvet’ stars Ranbir Kapoor as a street fighter while Anushka Sharma plays his love interest. The film also marks the
return of Raveena Tandon.

Director Kunal Kohli who has made flops like ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ and ’Teri Meri Kahaani’ apart from hits like ‘Hum Tum’ and ‘Fanaa’ will make his debut as an actor in a film on divorce and life post that. The film seen him paired opposite popular TV actress Jennifer Winget.

Anurag Kashyap who has done several cameos now in many films will be essaying a full-fledged role in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer ‘Dhoomketu’. The film is more of an art house cinema and Kashyap hopes to add another feather to his cap in the role of a cop. Kashyap is
also a writer producer and director and has acted in ad films as well.

Farah Khan who has made films like ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Happy
New Year’ apart from the flop ‘Tees Maar Khan’ made her acting debut with the flop ‘Shirin Farhad Ki To NIkal Padi’. Boman Irani played the protagonist opposite her in the film produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Mahesh Manjrekar who was a successful Marathi film director made his debut in Hindi cinema as a director with Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Vaastav’. He had done a small role in the 2001 film ‘Ehsaas’ and has gone on to do many films including ‘Kaante’ and last year’s ‘Singham Returns’.

Tigmanshu Dhulia started acting with the 1992 English film ‘Electric Moon’ and later made his directorial debut with ‘Haasil’. Once films like ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster’ and ‘Pan Singh Tomar’  followed by ‘Gangs Of Wasseypaur’ saw him do well, he has started enjoying his alternate vocation.
The ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ and ‘Force’ director Nishikant Kamat made his acting debut with the Prawal Raman film ‘404’. ‘Chandni Bar’, ‘Page 3’ and ‘Fashion’ director Madhur Bhandarkar made a full-fledged acting debut in the Rahul Dholakia film ‘Society’, which is unreleased.

The most successful debut as an actor remains with Farhan Akhtar who after making films like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Lakshya’ still went on to debut with ‘Rock On’ and did films like ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’, ‘Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Shadi
Ke Side Effects’.  Farhan has ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ and ‘Wazir’ coming up soon.

It is, indeed, a good idea to cast directors who know to act these days than rank newcomers as it also helps a good deal of publicity for these films.