Friday, December 29, 2006

10 stars to watch out for in 2007

Saif Ali Khan
In the last two-years Saif Ali Khan has delivered not only a string of hits but also many credible performances that have made him one of the most sought after actors in Bollywood. From the lovable guy in 'Salaam Namaste' to the unscrupulous villain in Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Omkara' Saif Ali Khan is undoubtedly the man of the moment. If 2006 was good year for Saif, then 2007 promises to be a great year with big budget films like Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Eklavya-The Royal Guard' and Siddarth Anand's much-awaited 'Tara Rum Pum'
John Abraham
2007 seems to be the year of John Abraham. The sexy macho actor known for making girls go weak in the knees has big films lined up for the year. John will be seen doing a variety of roles in 2007. He starts the year playing a loving and devoted husband in the multi-starrer 'Salaam-e-ishq' and will end the year with a sports action film titled 'Goal'.

Shiney Ahuja

Seven films and tremendous acclaim later - Shiney Ahuja is a name to reckon with. The surprise success of Anurag Basu's 'Gangster', and critical accalaim for his brilliant performances in 'Woh Lamhe' and 'Zindaggi Rocks' made 2006 an eventful year for the actor. Shiny will play diverse and complex characters in his forthcoming films 'Four' and 'Metro.' Slowly yet steadily Shiney is carving his own alcove into the big league in Bollywood.
Priyanka Chopra
After the success of 'Krrish,' and 'Don,' Priyanka Chopra proves she's more than just the flavour of the month. Priyanka is yet to receive glowing reviews from the press and prove her mettle as an actress of substance. Luckily for Priyanka, 2007 will be a performance oriented year with a host of films like 'Salaam-e-ishq,' 'Love Story 2050,' 'God Tussi Great Ho,' Chamki Chameli,' and 'London Dreams'
Bipasha Basu
She's known as India's sexiest movie star, beating actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra for the coveted title. Post 'Corporate,' 'Phir Hera Pheri,' and 'Omkara,' Bips is also giving some of Bollywood's biggest leading ladies a run for their money. She has finally reached a comfortable position in the industry and has some plum projects in her kitty including Abbas-Mustan's 'Mr Fraud,' Sanjay Gadhvi's 'Dhoom 2' and Rituporna Ghosh's 'Draupadi.'
Vidya Balan
With just two films to her credit - 'Parineeta' and 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' (2006), both critically acclaimed box office successes, Vidya Balan is becoming a much sought after star. The demure Balan girl will next be seen in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's period drama 'Eklavya' and Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer 'Salaam-e-ishq'.

Hrithik Roshan

Step aside Shahrukh, Salman, Saif and Aamir, Hrithik Roshan is predicted to be Indian cinema's biggest superstar. After delivering one of the biggest hits in 2006 with 'Krrish,' Hrithik Roshan has gone beyond any actor's pricing after signing a deal with Adlabs at a reported price of a whopping Rs.350 million (Rs 35 crores). Post 'Dhoom 2' and 'Jodha-Akbar,' Hrithiks is all set to catapult to superstar status.
Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut is the new happening girl in Bollywood. Her unconventional looks and stellar performances in 'Gangster' and 'Woh Lamhe' has made her one of the most sought after heroines in a short span of time. Kangana has some interesting movies lined up in 2007. She has completed the shooting of Suneel Darshan's next movie 'Shakalaka Boom Boom' in Johannesburg. Apart from this, she stars in Anurag Basu's ' Metro' and David Dhawan's next film. For a newcomer, Kangana sure is making rapid strides.
Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan, who started his film career with 'Refugee' in 2000 had a string of 14 flops before coming good in Mani Ratnam's 'Yuva'. Since then he has starred in a chain of box office successes like 'Bunty Aur Babli,' 'Sarkar,' 'Bluff Master' and 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.' And his hit rate is likey to get better with forthcoming films 'Guru,' 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom,' 'Sarkar 2' and 'Shootour at Lokhandwala,' which could well be on the threshold of yet another nudge to his career that could place him in league with the Khans.
Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee is probably one of the few Bollywood actresses who can actually choose the kind of roles she would like to do. After a slow start to her career, Rani has become one of the most bankable stars in present times. Very little was seen of Rani in 2006, but 2007 will be a big year for Rani. Post 'Baabul,' Rani stars in Siddarth Anand's 'Tara Rum Pum,' Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Black' and Pradeep Sarkar's 'Chudiyan.' With such wonderful films on the anvil Rani's star as an actress and her clout as a box-office force will continue to rise.

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