The 5 best Bollywood debuts of this decade!

Not just star kids..

With the newcomers almost taking over Bollywood, we look at the five who have had the biggest successes and who have been celebrated the most in the first half of this decade. How the list below is dominated by star kids and if they have it easier, is a discussion for another time!

Alia Bhatt

Just three years into the industry, this 22-year-old has seen some serious highs in her career. With super hits such as Student of the Year and 2 States to her name and critical successes like Highway, the youngest child of yesteryear director, Mahesh Bhatt is making sincere efforts to do her job well. However, the trait which catapulted her to superstardom was her GK, or rather, the lack of it. Her Koffee with Karan appearance followed by All India Bakchod’s (AIB) Genius of the Year video ensured that she was talked about for a long time.

Varun Dhawan

Another Karan Johar find, or so they say, Varun Dhawan has done enough since his debut with Student of the Year to ascertain that he is here to stay. With five releases in the past three years, he has proven his acting, dancing, ‘having a six-pack’ and generating money at the box-office talents. His choices of films reflect his keenness to experiment and keep the audience interested in him – having played romantic and playful characters in Student of the Year and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, comedic in Main Tera Hero and of course, the dark and intense, Raghu from Badlapur. It will be interesting to see what made him doDilwale, in which most of the attention is clearly on his co-star, Shah Rukh Khan.

Parineeti Chopra


Her first film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl had three other actresses, one of whom was Band BaajaBaaraat’s Anushka Sharma, and yet all that was spoken and written about was her acting. The film was easily forgotten except that Parineeti Chopra took home every single debut award in 2011 for her performance in it. It would be hard to believe that she has been part of just five films since then (two of which were serious flops), considering her popularity. Either due to her relation with cousin, Priyanka Chopra or the endless copy being written about her size, this Yash Raj protégé is mostly in the news.

Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor managed to get noticed in his Habib Faisal directed debut film Ishaqzaadedespite the presence of Parineeti Chopra (that does not happen too often). Since then, he has delivered a super hit, 2 States, played a double role in his second film Aurangzeb and has taken risks by opting for a not so commercial film like Finding Fanny. Also, his bro-mance with Ranveer Singh has ensured more than enough publicity for the both of them. To add to it, he was part of probably one of the most talked about events of the last half decade – the AIB Roast, which surely didn’t do much for Tevar, but revealed a different side of Kapoor – that he can take a joke.

Sidharth Malhotra

One factor that definitely distinguishes Siddharth Malhotra from the four above is that he has no direct connections to the industry. Other than that, if you’ve debuted in a Karan Johar directorial venture and have his mentorship, along with having looks as good as his, the only place you will be going is up. No wonder he gets to be cute in Student of the Yearand the opposite in Brothers. Also, the box office collections of Ek Villain proved that he can deliver a solo hit, even if the only thing worth mentioning about the film is its music. Besides, constant speculation about his personal life has ensured he remains in the news. He is filming for another Dharma Production, Kapoor and Sons, currently.

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