Tollywood played host to a lot of newcomers this year. While some made an impact, others are still waiting in the wings to be noticed. Here’s our list of the most promising newcomers
Havish, who hails from Vijayawada, shot into the limelight with Ravi Babu’s Nuvvila. His curly hair, baritone and antics were an instant hit with the audience. It’s probably the first time that a hero had more scenes with a homosexual than a heroine and Havish was fantastic in the film. Soon after the film released, he signed up to play the lead role in Omkar’s upcoming film Genius. Chinni Krishna has written the story and Havish is now sporting a bald look to play the role of an orthodox Brahmin in the film.
Nithya Menen’s debut film Ala Modalaindi was the first surprise hit of the year and it didn’t take too long for people to start comparing Nithya Menen with Soundarya. So impressive was her performance in the film that the state government ended up giving her a Nandi Award for Best Actress and within a couple of weeks of the film’s release, Nithya became the talk of the town. However, the road hasn’t been a bed of roses for this extremely talented actress from Kerala. Soon after she turned down an offer to star opposite Venkatesh, the actress landed in another controversy when she said that she didn’t know who Prabhas was. Post the release of 180 and Sega, she concentrated mostly on Malayalam films. In 2012, she’ll be seen in Ishq where she is paired opposite Nithin and she will also start shooting for Nara Rohit’s next.
When you have the genes of stalwarts like Kamal Haasan and Sarika; can sing like a dream, compose music and look gorgeous, there’s no way you can be ignored in the Telugu film industry. Shruti Haasan made her debut in Anaganaga O Dheerudu opposite Siddharth earlier this year. Although the film didn’t do well at the box-office, it didn’t deter filmmakers from signing her. Soon after her debut, she was approached for Siddharth’s O My Friend, Pawan Kalyan’s Gabbar Singh and 3 opposite Dhanush. Shruti was supposed to do Dammu with Tarak; however, she opted out of the film citing date issues. She also made her debut this year as an actor in Tamil films with A Murugadoss’ 7th Sense, which was a big hit. This is just the beginning for the actor and we wonder what is in store for her in 2012.
Amala Paul’s introduction to Tollywood happened through a dubbed film titled Prema Khaidi. Directed by Prabhu Solomon, the film received a decent response at the box-office. Later she made her debut with Bezawada opposite Naga Chaitanya. This 20-year-old from Cochin, has been approached to play an important role in Srikanth Addala’s upcoming multi-starrer, Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and she’s also playing the lead role in Siddharth’s bilingual film titled Love Failure. A promising actor who has already bagged a slew of big films in Tamil, she is being touted as the next big thing in Tamil cinema.
Ajmal could have become a doctor but the acting bug bit him back in 2005 and it took almost six years before the Telugu film industry took notice of this talented actor from Kerala. In KV Anand’s Rangam, Ajmal played the role of Vasanth, an honest political leader who ends up becoming the chief minister of the state. So convincing was he in the role that he got plenty of offers in Telugu films that were on similar lines. He’s currently acting in Ram Charan–Tamannaah starrer Rachcha, where he’s playing a villain.
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