Mumbai, Nov. 13 -- It takes more than acting chops to make it in Bollywood. You also need the right contacts to get that all important break. So what better avenue than having an established sister or a cousin in showbiz?
In a previous interview to HT Cafe, when Priyanka Chopra said, "I want my own Chopra clan to take over Bollywood," we thought she was just being funny. Turns out, she was serious. Following PR professional-turned-actor Parineeti Chopra, another one of Priyanka's first cousins - Barbie Handa - has now signed her maiden Bollywood venture.
Barbie will be seen in Vivek Agnihotri's (he previously directed Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal in 2007) next, titled Zid. The Anubhav Sinha production is already on the floors. About Barbie's debut, Agnihotri says, "It's true. We've already started shooting for the movie." Barbie has already done a few TV commercials (alongside Priyanka, interestingly) and a few upcoming regional films - Prema Geema Jantha Nai (Telugu) and Neenalle Neenalle Nannu (Kannada).
Harshvardhan Kapoor SISTER: Sonam Kapoor Harshvardhan, of course, has a father (Anil Kapoor) who is more famous than his sister. Naturally, he gets to be launched by a bigger director. He will be seen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film, Mirza Sahiba.
Akshara Haasan SISTER: Shruti Haasan Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan's younger daughter is believed to have been approached by film-maker R Balki for his next directorial venture that will apparently star Shah Rukh Khan.
Armaan Jain COUSIN: Kareena Kapoor Khan Kareena's cousin Armaan - son of veteran actor Randhir Kapoor's sister, Reema Jain - will be launched by brother-in-law Saif Ali Khan's production. The film will be directed by Imtiaz Ali's brother, Arif Ali.
Isabelle Kaif SISTER: Katrina Kaif Isabelle has already been confirmed to star in a film that is being co-produced by Salman Khan's charity firm. The Indo-Canadian film, Dr Cabbie, will also star Kunal Nayyar (of The Big Bang Theory fame) and Vinay Virmani.