Talks doing the rounds in the industry suggest that newcomer Anmol Thakeria, son of actress Poonam Dhillon and producer Ashok Thakeria, is being launched in a film helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali that was first offered to Shahid Kapoor. “False!” protest a source close to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “Shahid Kapoor was never offered this film. How can a project designed for a debutant be offered to an actor who as done 30 films? The film that Bhansali is making with Anmol is a fresh subject about young love.It was always meant to star newcomers.”
This is is not the first film that Bhansali is making with newcomers in the lead. In 2007 Bhansali’s Saawariya launched Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Earlier this year Bhansali’s launched his niece Sharmin Sehgal opposite Jaaved Jaffri’s son Mizaan in a film that is being directed by Mangesh Hadwale.
A source close to Bhansali says the film launching the filmmaker’s niece will be completed first. “The Mizaan-Sharmin launch film is more than fifty percent ready. Anmol Thakeria’s film has just started shooting in London. Sanjay also intends to launch Vinod Khanna’s youngest son in the near future.”
Is Sanjay Leela Bhansali proving to be the next Karan Johar? KJo has often been seen as the godfather of starkids in the industry having launched Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and of late, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishan Khatter. He will now launch Ananya Pandey, daughter of Chunky Pandey with another starkid - Tiger Shroff!