With Malaal around the corner, it’s time to look at the amazing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s eye for new talent. Though he’s known to work with the most established actors, from Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sanjay Bhansali has introduced talent that has gone on to create significant waves in the film industry. Here’s who they are.
- Priya Parulekar in Khamoshi The Musical :
As the child version of Manisha Koirala, this incredible bundle of talent simply stole the show. Priya was thunderously commendable. Some even thought she was superior to Manisha. She now awaits her second innings as an adult artiste.
- Ayesha Kapoor in Black:
For the role of the blind and deaf protagonist, Sanjay had many auditions and any choices, including Alia Bhatt. But he zeroed in on the super-confident Ayesha Kpaoor who gave a startling performance as Michelle, the rebellious untameable ball of fire. Ayesha Kapoor virtually set the screen on fire with her unabashed display of fireworks. Sadly Ayesha has not found her bearing in adulthood as yet.
- Ranbir Kapoor-Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya:
Did you know Deepika Padukone was also considered for this operatic romance? But the temptation of casting Raj Kapoor’s grandson with Anil Kapoor’s daughter was irresistible. Ranbir and Sonam were magic together. So magical that even though the film didn’t work, they were overnight stars.
- Aditya Roy Kapur in Guzaarish:
He played a wandering gypsy-like figure who learns magic from Hrithik Roshan’s character. Nothing magical about this debutant, though. But Aditya was noticed enough to be flooded with offers for a while.
- Farah Khan in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi:
Who would have thought the choreographer-filmmaker would turn into a leading lady for Sanjay Bhansali’s sister Bela Sehgal’s directorial debut?! Farah, in a role that was almost given to Mona Singh, scarcely proved herself a Meryl Streep. But the novelty of watching her romance Boman Irani kept us involved in this unusual courtship game.
- Sharmin Segal-Meezan Jaafrey in Malaal:
It’s time for the keen connoisseur to launch two more newcomers. The brightest new talent of this year will grace theatres this Friday. Individually, Meezan and Sharmin are two highly driven actors ready to explode from their separate spheres. Together, they are dynamite. The duo is here to stay.