Are new comers from South actually debutantes in Bollywood?

How right is it for Southern actors who make their debut in Bollywood to walk away with the award for the best d├ębutante? Although Filmfare, IIFA and Zee Cine etc are all done, we’re here discussing whether or not it is fair for these actors who are established in other regional language industries to be chosen and awarded over actual newcomers.

This year, Dhanush won the best debutant award for the film Raanjhana. Dhanush is an established actor in South and he has acted in over 25 films before Raanjhana. So, did he really deserve an award? The question is, what about those actors such as Rajkumar Rao, Sushanth Singh Rajput, Salman Yusuff Khan, Girish Kumar, Manish Paul etc who kissed the screen for the very first time? Surprisingly, they weren’t even nominated.

This has been happening for quite a few years now. Remember in 2008 when Ghajini and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi released? Both the films were super hits. Actresses Asin and Anushka Sharma made their debut in Bollywood and Asin walked away with all the awards for being the best debutant. Uh, if I can recall, Asin has been a part of more than 15 films before Ghajini happened.

Ileana D’Cruz won the best debutant award in 2013 beating Alia Bhatt, Huma Qureshi and Diana Penty. Did one realize how many south films Ileana has already done? Even Rana Duggabati won the award for Dum Maaro Dum although he had made his debut in Tollywood way before.

What irks newcomers is that their efforts seem to go futile when already famous and experienced actors win awards that maybe they deserve. Debutantes in Bollywood are not always first time actors. We think the same too. Tell us what you think about regional established actresses winning awards for the best debutante over actual Bollywood new comers.

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