This past decade has not only seen multiple Bollywood weddings, controversies or films becoming the talk of the town. It has witnessed a lot more than that! What makes up the showbiz industry? Actors, filmmakers, producers, choreographers, stylists and there is a never-ending list. But at the heart of every movie industry including Indian cinema, there is no gainsaying that actors run the show. If they perform well, their projects go on to become box office hits. But if their acting prowess falls short of audiences’ expectations, there is no going back. To sum it up, actors are the forerunners of a film industry. As we approach a new decade, there are some that made their Bollywood debut in the past 10 years and are now known as powerhouses of talent. They have made a mark for themselves and continue to thrive and work hard in the ever-competitive industry. From A-listers Alia Bhatt to Arjun Kapoor, here are the stars that forayed into films just one decade ago but it feels like a lifetime.
Alia Bhatt (2012)
Her father, Mahesh Bhatt may be an ace director and mother Soni Razdan a superstar actor but it was filmmaker Karan Johar who made her acting dream come true! Alia displayed professionalism as soon as she stepped foot into Bollywood. She took her talent up a notch with her debut film Student of the Year. Her performance in the 2012 teen drama – helmed by Karan – bagged her multiple projects in the following years, with Alia rapidly becoming the eye candy for many filmmakers. She went on to star in several films bankrolled by Karan’s banner Dharma Productions including 2 States (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014) and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017). She bagged a role with King Khan (Shah Rukh) at a very early stage in her career, with the duo sharing screen space in Dear Zindagi (2016).
In a short span of time, Alia holds a long list of achievements to her credit. She bagged awards for Highway, Raazi and Udta Punjab opposite B-town heartthrob Shahid Kapoor. Fun fact: Raazi became one one of Hindi cinema’s highest grossing films with a female actor as the protagonist.
Last seen in: Gully Boy, Kalank
Upcoming: Brahmastra, Sadak 2, RRR
Ranveer Singh (2010)
Can you believe he took the plunge into Indian cinema 10 years ago? Does it not feel like he has been here forever! The superstar made his acting debut in 2010 with a leading role in Yash Raj Films’ romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He went on to star in Lootera followed by ample collaborations with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his now-wife Deepika Padukone. Ranveer is now a household name in Bollywood and is surely and inspiration to people across the world!
Last seen in: Gully Boy
Upcoming: Sooryavanshi, ‘83
Arjun Kapoor (2012)
He needs no introduction. There is no one who does not know who he is and it is not just because his father is Boney Kapoor or girlfriend is Malaika Arora. It is because Arjun knows how to say relevant. When it’s not about work, it is about his luxurious vacations and when both aren’t in the picture, his witty humour is enough to make us miss him! Having ventured into films with the 2012 action-romance Ishaqzaade, he appeared in several films after. His first film role gained him the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut. He then starred in 2 States opposite Alia and bagged a role alongside his superstar cousin Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2016’s Ki & Ka. This was followed by a number of critical and commercial failures for Arjun. These include Namaste England, Tevar and Finding Fanny.
Last seen in: India’s Most Wanted
Parineeti Chopra (2011)
Bollywood’s girl-next-door is a force to be reckoned with! She made her acting debut with the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She was also praised widely for her performance in Ishaqzaade, Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee.
Last seen in: Jabariya Jodi, Kesari
Upcoming: Saina, The Girl on the Train, Bhuj: The Pride Of India
Shraddha Kapoor (2013)
She gained recognition for playing a singer in the commercially successful romantic drama Aashiqui 2 followed by a fairly decent stint in Haider. She established herself with roles in the romantic thriller Ek Villain (2014), the dance drama ABCD 2 (2015) and the action drama Baaghi (2016). Luckily, Shraddha has seen great success in the recent past. Her comedy horror Stree (2018) was widely praised by fans and crirics followed by this year’s thriller Saaho and the comedy drama Chhichhore.
Last seen in: Saaho, Chhicchore
Upcoming: Baaghi 3, Street Dancer, Roohi Afza
Tiger Shroff (2014)
The actor has become one of the most sought-afteraction heroes in Bollywood. He kicked off his film debut with leading role in the 2014 action comedy Heropanti. He earned a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut nomination following his performance. Shroff then went on to star in the commercially successful action films in the Baaghi franchise. But if there is any film that he set the benchmark super high with, it is this year’s War. Tiger knocked it out of the park with his high-octane, power-packed performances, starring opposite his childhood role model and actor Hrithik Roshan.
Last seen in: War
Upcoming: Baaghi 3
Varun Dhawan (2012)
We’d be lying if we said we never saw potential in this oh-so-talented hottie! Straight from the time we first saw him on-screen in his 2012 acting debut – Karan’s Student of the Year – we knew he was a catch. His performance in the Alia and Sidharth Malhotra-starrer helped him earn a nomination for Best Male Debut at Filmfare. He then starred in romantic comedies including the likes of Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and action comedies like Diwale, Dishoom and Judwaa 2 alongside many others. Varun was lauded for his performance in the social commentary Sui Dhaaga.
Last seen in: Kalank
Upcoming: Coolie No. 1, Street Dancer
Sonakshi Sinha (2010)
The starlet made her Bollywood debut with a bang! Dabangg – starring superstar Salman Khan – was the first film Sona was roped in for and she killed it. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She was seen in many films thereon, including Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg 2, Son of Sardaar and Lootera. She is all ready to share screen space with Salman once again in the third installment of her all-time favourite film franchise, Dabangg 3.
Last seen in: Kalank, Laal Kaptaan, Khandaani Shafakhana, Mission Mangal
Upcoming: Dabangg 3, Bhuj: The Pride of India