As Salman Khan launches Sooraj Panholi and Athiya Shetty, We debate if they have it what it takes to be STARS

The Kapoor sisters, Karisma and Kareena, did it. While the older one entertained us with her latke and jhatke and dance numbers with Govinda and Salman Khan, the latter became the fashionable rich “Poo” and later “Geet”. 

Hrithik Roshan did it with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Koi..Mil Gaya! and Krrish and made countless youngsters go dance crazy. Later on, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor’s son, Ranbir, proved he’d very well inherited the Kapoors’ acting blood and became the new top man of the industry, competing with the big men. 

Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha too have been able to pull off the rope and attract audiences toward themselves as well. And now Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Tiger Shroff are taking over Bollywood. There’s no surprising factor that all these said names are from Bollywood families. Some have clicked with the masses and box office and have survived while others are doing mediocre roles in multi-star ventures like Viveik Oberoi, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Abhishek Bachchan. Then there’s a list of those celeb kids who tried, flopped and then finally gave up hope like Sonakshi Sinha’s brother, Luv, who dabbled in acting, did a movie opposite veteran actors like Hema Malini, Rekha and Rishi Kapoor that disastrously bombed and since then he’s been seen nowhere. Except for attending film screenings with his family and cheering on baby sister Sonakshi. [What a perk!]


Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty
And now with the trailers of upcoming film, Hero, coming on TV each minute the big question has arisen: Why do all or almost all celeb kids come into Bollywood? Is it too easy and accessible for them? Of course, it must be because the only names I could think of new actors/ actresses outside of filmy family connections in the current time are Kriti Sanon, Siddharth Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chaddha, Saqib Salim, Rhea Chakraborty and some other names who aren’t too famous or have an A-list film contract under their belts. Most of them made their way through modelling or theatre and some through being assistant director, as in the case of Malhotra. 


Will Athiya’s unconventional looks work for her?
As Athiya Shetty’s unconventional face and Sooraj Pancholi’s big fat tattoo keep lurking on the television screen every now and then it’s fun to gossip if they have got the required zeal and attraction factor to gather our eyes toward themselves. A lot of people have criticised Athiya’s looks and upped their voices that she’s gotten a break just because she’s the daughter of actor Suneil Shetty. Salman Khan is launching her under his banner and has taken time off from his busy schedule to promote her and Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj. Now it isn’t just Athiya’s face that’s too different, Sooraj is infamously famous too. Sooraj was the man (or perhaps just a “boy”?) late actress Jiah Khan, famous for her roles in Ghajini and Nishabd, dated and then blamed him in her suicide letter before committing the crime. While Jiah’s mother blamed him and his father for driving her daughter to death he kept on silently yelling his innocence. And his family friend, superstar Salman Khan, listened and took it on himself to train and launch him. 

Salman is not making a movie, he is making a family favour to his friends by launching their kids. He didn’t launch his own family members or Arjun Kapoor who he trained for years to become an actor. He didn’t start his production house to launch Arpita’s husband, Aayush. But Sooraj and Athiya. One with a criminal past and a dark teased family- dad, a womaniser and ex-beau of actress Kangana Ranaut and a sister who has had a past with drugs. Other, an actor’s long-legged dusky daughter with an unpretty mouth and manly face. Who else would have launched her? My friend says to me. 

“Someone, if not Salman, would have launched them. They have got connections and power and monies”. 
Yes, connections and power. It’s so easy for an actor’s son or daughter or a director’s children or just a person with slightest Bollywood connection to make it in the goldmines of Mumbai. Saif Ali Khan launched Kareena’s cousin Armaan Malik in his home production. Easy entry. No tries, no auditions. 

While no-connection dreamers had a hard time surviving. Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut are the only actresses that come to my mind who did it on their own without a guiding help. 

Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor Khan – they had helps. Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan and John Abraham did it themselves unlike Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt who grew up in the industry. 

But while these actors/actresses have created a list of credits to their names can the new pair do? Can Sooraj make girls croon for him, the way Hrithik and Shahid Kapoor do? Can Athiya’s unconventional looks prove advantage for her and land her a graph like Alia Bhatt or Sharddha Kapoor? Or will they just go unnoticed? Let the time tell. Hero releases in the coming weeks. Excited? Nah, I’m not. You guys, go, watch it and let me know the reviews. 


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