THE NEW BACHCHA PARTY

Here’s a low­down on the next set of star kids who are ready to step into Bol­ly­wood

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur ■ yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

It’s time Bol­ly­wood stars made a lit­tle space for young blood, as new star kids get ready for their big-ticket de­buts. Ac­tors Athiya Shetty, daugh­ter of Su­niel Shetty, and Sooraj Pancholi, son of ac­tor Aditya Pancholi, have al­ready cre­ated a lot of buzz with the trailer of their up­com­ing films. And, there are oth­ers wait­ing in the wings, too.

Athiya and Sooraj are thrilled about Nikhil Ad­vani’s di­rec­to­rial, and be­ing launched by none other than Sal­man Khan. “I’m su­per ex­cited. I feel very happy that so far, we (Sooraj and she) have been ac­cepted,” says Athiya, 22. Sooraj, 25, did not keep him­self from shed­ding a happy tear at the launch of his movie trailer, and said, “This is a dream launch. I don’t think it could’ve got­ten bet­ter than this.”

Shriya Pil­gaonkar, daugh­ter of pop­u­lar Marathi ac­tor Sachin and Supriya Pil­gaonkar, is mak­ing no or­di­nary de­but — she’s star­ring along­side Shah Rukh Khan in film­maker Ma­neesh Sharma’s Fan.

Ac­tor Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan is another star kid who is ready to roll. The 24-year-old is be­ing launched by di­rec­tor Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra. Cur­rently be­ing shot in Ladakh, the film will also see a cameo by his sis­ter, ac­tor Sonam Kapoor. Then, the third gen­er­a­tion of the Deol fam­ily is ready to join in. Sunny Deol’s el­der son Karan will be di­rected by his fa­ther in a home pro­duc­tion. Add to that the buzz about Sridevi’s daugh­ter, Jhanvi, 18, and film­maker JP Dutta’s daugh­ter, Nidhi, 26, hop­ping onto the band­wagon. The lat­ter will re­port­edly be launched in daddy’s next.

But does the pop­u­lar­ity of par­ents help the kids suc­ceed, and make them more bank­able? Film critic Omar Qureshi says, “There is no guar­an­tee that if your fa­ther and mother are su­per­stars, you, too, would get the same fan loy­alty. Ini­tially, they can push you for­ward but then it’s all about how you per­form. Even Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan had to prove their tal­ent. It just gives them the ini­tial plat­form,” he says.

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PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Clock­wise from top: Athiya Shetty,Shetty Harsh­vard­hanH Kapoor, Jhanvi Kapoor, Karan Deol and Nidhi Dutta

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