If last year was the year of young star kids Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pacholi then year 2016 will mark the big debut of Sonam Kapoor's baby brother Harshvardhan Kapoor along with another newcomer Saiyami Kher. Talented Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh, Pakistani beauties Mahira Khan and Mawra Hocane are also going to be seen making their first appearance on the big screens. Here's a list of youngsters who are ready to take Bollywood by storm this year.
Harshvardhan Kapoor (Mirzya): Anil Kapoor's son and Sonam Kapoor's baby brother, Harshvardhan is all set to make his debut in director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's love story Mirzya. He has in the past assisted Anurag Kashyap in 'Bombay Velvet'. Being Anil Kapoor's son, there are a lot of expectations pinned on him.
Saiyami Kher (Mirzya): Saiyami, Kingfisher Calender model, is the granddaughter of yesteryear actress Usha Kiran, niece of actress Tanvi Azmi and daughter of Uttara Mhatre Kher, an ex Miss India. She is all set to make her debut alongside Harshvardhan Kapoor in 'Mirzya'. Mirzya' is based on the Punjabi folklore Mirza Sahiban.
Spotted as Kingfisher Calander model earlier, Saiyami has also acted in Telugu film 'Rey'.
Mahira Khan (Raees): Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is making her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh khan in Rahul Dholakia’s ‘Raees’. Mahira Khan, a well-known Pakistani actress, is best known for her role in a TV series called Hamsafar. In the film, Shah Rukh plays an underworld don and Mahira Khan will play his wife. Raees also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a pivotal role and is set to release in July 2016.
Ritika Singh (Saala Khadoos): Ritika Singh will be making her debut opposite R Madhavan in Rajkumar Hirani's 'Saala Khadoos.' Ritika Singh was shortlisted only after the casting team had a ringside view of 700- odd duels and had auditioned nearly 100 athletes. Madhavan had recently said that the toughest part for the makers was finding a female boxer who could act too. The auditions spanned for a couple of months and the makers found Ritika perfect for the role. The national- level kickboxer holds a black belt in karate and is also trained in mixed martial arts. Madhavan will be seen as her coach — a taskmaster.
Saala Khadoos is all set to release on January 29, 2016.
Sayesha Saigal (Shivaay): Sayesha Saigal is the grand-niece of legendary actor Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu. The 18 year-old actress, was seen in Telugu movie Akhil: The Power of Jua, will be seen opposite Ajay Devgn in 'Shivaay'. Shivaay will release on Diwali 2016. Sayesha is also a trained Kathak and Latino dancer. Shivaay is a high octane action drama movie .
Abrar Zahoor (Neerja): Abrar Zahoor is making his debut as an antagonist in Sonam Kapoor's 'Neerja'. The film is a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, India's youngest recipient of Ashok Chakra and is based on the real life hijack incident. Abrar was previously seen in the film Janleva 555.
Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab): Popular Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is making his debut in Abhishek Chaubey's thriller 'Udta Punjab'. In the movie, Diljit will be seen playing the role of a policeman opposite Kareena Kapoor. The film also stars Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor. The film is releasing in January 2016.
Pooja Hegde (Mohenjo-Daro): After having worked in Tamil, Telugu films, the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India 2010 is all set to make her bollywood debut. She has bagged a role in Ashutosh Guwariker's next, Mohenjo-Daro opposite Hrithik Roshan. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on August 12, 2016.
Ayesha Kapoor (Paani): Actress Ayesha Kapoor, who at age 11 played the younger version of Rani Mukerji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black, is doing her first film as a lead actress in director Shekhar Kapur's 'Paani'. Ayesha will be seen romancing actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the film.
The film is a futuristic Romeo & Juliet story set in Mumbai when water is the greatest wealth. It is set in 2040 A.D and deals with water scarcity.
Mawra Hocane (Sanam Teri Kasam): Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane is making her debut in Bollywood with Vinay Sapru, Radhika Rao’s movie 'Sanam Teri Kasam'. The trailer of the film was released recently. Showcasing different avatars, Mawra portrays the role of a girl who ‘no one wants to love’ whereas Harshvardhan Rane plays the role of a guy who ‘doesn’t want to love anyone’.
Mawra Hocane is the one who became an overnight sensation in India when Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor sent her a video message via Instagram.'Sanam Teri Kasam' is a remake of the 1982 hit starring Kamal Haasan and Reena Roy.