After months and weeks of speculations, it got confirmed yesterday that Ananya Panday will be making her Bollywood debut with Student Of The Year 2 with Tiger Shroff and another debutant Tara Sutaria. This makes 2018 all the more interesting with Ananya joining the likes of Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor as they too take their first steps into Bollywood. However, there is something common between all these three newbies. Yes, they all come from a filmi background with their parents being actors-filmmakers, and yes, all the three have their first Bollywood film releasing this year.
While Ananya’s SOTY2 is slated for a November 23 release, Sara’s Simmba (with Ranveer Singh) will hit screens on December 28 and before that, we will see Janhvi’s Dhadak (with Ishaan Khatter) on July 20. But there is yet another common link between all these three beauties. Noticed? All the three upcoming actresses have the same man mentoring them. He is none other than Karan Johar. The filmmaker is producing all these three films and we are sure he will be busy the entire year ensuring that his young ladies become superstars even before their debut films hit screens.
Karan is a mastermind when it comes to marketing his films or actors. If you may recall, he had done a great job during Student Of The Year (2012) which starred three debutants Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt. These kids had a fan following even before their film released and had become a name and face to reckon with, helping them draw more people into the theatres. It was all KJo’s planning, to have them be at the right place, at the right time and have the right kind of stories around these stars of the future go out in the media to keep the buzz alive. We are in April right now and the filmmaker has a few months in hand to make sure that the curiosity around watching what his new finds – Ananya Panday, Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor – have in store for audience at the movies, reaches its zenith before the respective D-day.
It will be challenge for Karan Johar to ensure that all the three leading ladies are equally talked about, and we are waiting to see how he makes that happen. Interesting times ahead!