New Delhi, April 30 -- Fresh talent is finding preference over star power in Bollywood now, or so it seems, with A-league filmmakers casting new faces over established stars.
Filmmaker Vipul Shah who has worked with Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn in the past, has recently made Commando with fresher Vidyut Jamwal. "Many people helped me during my early days in the industry so I think it's my turn now to promote young actors who are seeking opportunities," says Shah, who plans to make a sequel to the film, with the same cast. Veteran director Subhash Ghai, who is known to have promoted fresh talent through his films explains the economics behind promoting newbies. "Everyone cannot afford to make a film with a budget of R30 crore. Hence they turn to newcomers," he says.
Ghai is making a comeback with Kaanchi, that stars newcomers Mishti and Kartik Tiwari of Pyaar Ka Punchnama fame.
Even, Prabhu Deva, who made his directorial debut with Salman Khan in Wanted and worked with Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathore, is now ready to make Ramaiya Vastavaiya, that will mark newbie Girish Kumar's silver screen debut. "It is a challenge to work with a newcomer," says Prabhu Deva, explaining why he cast a fresher.
After the success of Nautanki Saala, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapur, Rohan Sippy, isn't shying away from doing yet another film with the new entrants. "My next film Sonali Cable stars newcomer Raghav Juyal of Dance India Dance fame and Rhea Chakraborty, who was last seen in Mere Dad Ki Maruti," says Sippy.
Even filmmaker Farhan Akthar who directed Shah Rukh Khan in Don, is now making Fukrey with newbies Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh and Ali Fazal. The film has no established star.