100 years have passed since Dadasaheb Phalke got mesmerized by the magic of cinematography and made the first ever Indian film. Those were the days when cinema was considered an abomination. The audience gradually took to it and thus took birth the Indian film industry, a.k.a., Bollywood. In the early times, the film makers would most likely approach someone when they liked their theatre work or took fancy to a particular face. The film makers ‘made’ the actors. Then came an era when actors had to struggle to get an audition. Hundreds of aspiring actors thronged the studios for a role. The film makers had to ‘find’ the perfect actor for their film out of those hundreds. Today with the advent of modern age when everything is way easier than it used to be in earlier times, actors are ‘born.’ Yes, I’m talking about star kinds ruling the industry.
Today Bollywood is shining with kids of previous era’s superstars. Even though the trend began a long time ago with the legendary Kapoor family kids; they still had to struggle to land an audition. But today being an actor child is a huge advantage in the industry. The first Gen-X star kid to make a grand entry into Bollywood with the advent of new millennium was Hritik Roshan, son of previous era star Rakesh Roshan. And what an entrance! Kaho Na Pyar Hai was an instant hit, and Hritik became a superstar over night. Trailing not too far behind, entered Mr. Big B’s son Abhishek Bacchan and Kareena Kapoor from the Kapoor Khandan. Since then, we have seen the industry twinkle with star kids; Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Singha, Shruti Hassan, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, the list goes on with the latest addition of Arjun Kapoor, Vaun Dhavan and Alia Bhatt. These kids had their careers served on a silver platter. But that is all they get, the fate of their films and their acting career still lies in the hands of janta janardan.
Some of these star kids didn’t inherit their parent’s acting skills what so ever. After a film or two, they just fizzled out. The only reason one of them can still make some pocket money is coz of his over successful producer sister. (You know who I’m talking about. Let’s not take names!) Some are just decorations in the film, looking pretty beside the heroes and maro thumkas. Whereas the likes of Hritik, Abhishek, Shahid had to go through a series o flops after their first hit. Now enter the Gen-Y star kids. Ranbir Kapoor, son of the cutest on-screen and off-screen couple, Rishi Kapoor and Nitu Singh. Now that is some DNA the kid has inherited! His natural acting skills, good looks and a smile he kills with, all these makes him good at what he does. Another kid on the block to watch out for is Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor’s nepherw and Sonam Kapoor’s cousin. While Ranbir wins hearts with his chocolaty, Casanova image and a sweet heart melting smile, Arjun has a bad boyish, somewhat rascal-e aura. But good look is not what sets him apart. Unlike his cousin, Arjun is one hell of an actor. Remember how he set the screen on fire in Ishaqzade not long ago? Of other star kids, like Sonam, Sonakshi, Tusshar (no matter how many alphabets he adds, he just cannot act!), they are mere decorations in films. They will never join the big league actors. The likes of Abhishek Bacchan, are average. He is not even one tenth of an actor his father or mother was.
The only advantage these star-lings have is that they grew up in an environment where film is everywhere around them. They didn’t have to be groomed, and can get an audition easily, even a role. But then, they are on their own. The reason the star-lings are successful and ruling
Bollywood is because they can act, are popular and have a wider fan following, dating back to the audience who were their parent’s fan. Influence works in the beginning, but after the first film, everybody knows how much water they hold. From there on, it’s all a lot of hard work, good instincts for choosing films, and a little bit of luck that makes them the rulers of Bollywood.