Janhvi Kapoor Vs Sara Ali Khan, and other debuts in the years that made it difficult for movie buffs to pick a favourite


Like the changing tides of time, Bollywood too, sails on the fleeting waves that change every Friday, one poster at a time. Yes, there are friendships, collaborations and camps like every other industry but nothing takes away from the fact that the box-office, and the audience poll subsequently, is the deciding parameter that seals the fate of actors. While a raving review is the cherry on the top, it’s the numbers that determine the verdict, especially if it’s a debut. In fact, these stepping stones set out the path for newbies, while they gear to beat contemporaries in their own game.

Speaking of debuts, Boney Kapoor and late Sridevi’s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor stepped into the big, bad world of Bollywood with Dhadak where she was seen alongside another starlet, Ishaan Khatter. If you haven’t heard already, the newest Dharma discovery who played the lead in the remake of Marathi blockbuster Sairat has managed to garner positive responses from both movie-buffs and trade analysts alike. While critics are at their job, drawing comparisons between the original and the remake, janta janardan is adulating Janhvi as we speak.

But to think that she will reign hereon without a competition, will be a folly. That’s right, another fresh face is about to steal screens and fan accounts have picked up war already. If you haven’t heard already Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan who is coming up with two films–Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath with Sushant Singh Rajput and Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, opposite Ranveer Singh–to give Janhvi a fitting fight.

Here’s a list of iconic face-offs between actresses that gave audiences a tough time picking a favourite:

Here’s a list of iconic face-offs between actresses that gave audiences a tough time picking a favourite: 

Parineeti Chopra – Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt stepped in as the bubbly girl from Student of The Year and she did so with now-stars Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. But even when it was a multi-starrer, Alia shined through her performance that not only showed promise but a varied tonality that made a film Highway happen next for her. She had competition that year from one-film-old Parineeti Chopra who finally came on the silver screen as a lead with Ishaqzaade and to say that she was a welcoming change will be an understatement. She had a screen-presence and a dialogue delivery so effortless that it took many by surprise. But surprisingly, neither of them took the trophy home instead it went to Ileana D’Cruz for Barfi.

Asin Thottumkal – Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma marked her beginning with YRF’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi as Tani, partner to SRK, and the best part is she still stood out even after being an ‘outsider.’ On the other hand, Asin, a diva from South, was paired opposite the other Khan, Aamir in an AR Murugadoss directorial and it was love at first sight. Wondering who upped whom? It was Asin’s year all the way.

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja – Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone debuted as the dreamy girl in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan and it didn’t take producers long to fall in line to sign the long-legged lassie. But while DP left a lasting impact on the audience with her double-role, a coy Sonam Kapoor stole the limelight with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya where she was seen with Ranbir Kapoor. If you are wondering, Deepika did bag the Filmfare award for the best debut!

Priyanka Chopra – Lara Dutta 

Unlike any other, PC and Lara Dutta began their Bollywood journey with the same film, Andaaz alongside Akshay Kumar and it opened doors for both in more ways than one. Yes, PC did actually began with Anil Sharma’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy starring Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta but it was as a supporting role. Coming back to the tug, both Priyanka and Lara took to acting after winning beauty pageants (and hearts), the star status tagged along after the big, Bollywood break.

Ameesha Patel – Kareena Kapoor Khan


Kareena Kapoor Khan was a newcomer once too, who landed JP Dutta’s Refugee as her first project that incidentally had also given Abhishek Bachchan his first break. The film wasn’t a box-office hit but it got Kareena the validation of a serious actor from day one. However, she was in for a tussle with Ameesha Patel who won hearts with her debut alongside Hrithik Roshan in the mega-blockbuster Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. But while Ameesha left the BO chiming, Bebo took the award home and rightly so.


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