I look forward to new faces in Bollywood as much as I look forward to movie releases every Friday. You never know which fauji might go on to become the next king of Bollywood. (Get it? Get it?) This year saw a number of Bollywood newcomers in the industry – some star kids, some who transitioned from television and some outsiders as well. Many of them left a lasting impression on the audience whereas others, not so much.

Here are a few debutants who made a mark in 2018:

1. Janhvi Kapoor

Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter
Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter

In July this year, Janhvi made her debut in Shashank Khaitan‘s Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khattar and her onscreen persona definitely caught our eye. Reportedly, she is now being considered for Ranbhoomi with Varun Dhawan.

2. Ishaan Khattar

Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar

2018 was a double blast for Ishaan Khattar. He was seen in Iranian filmmaker, Majidi Majidi‘s Beyond The Clouds in April and later in Dhadak with Janhvi. If you ask me, he has all the ingredients of a Bollywood hero – great acting chops, fabulous dancing skills and of course, a cute face helps.

3. Mouni Roy

Mouni Roy
Mouni Roy

Mouni was an established actress even before she entered Bollywood with Akshay Kumar‘s Gold. She had proved her talent with popular shows such as Naagin and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and looks like she is all set to take Bollywood by the storm now. Mouni will be seen next in Ayan Mukherji‘s Brahmastra, with Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor.

4. Ayush Sharma

Ayush Sharma, Salman Khan

Salman Khan‘s brother-in-law, Ayush Sharma was seen in Loveyatri with another debutante, Warina Hussain.

5. Mithila Palkar

The poster girl of Indian web series ventured into Bollywood with Karwaan, starring Irrfan Khan. She has an undeniable screen presence, which we saw and loved in Girl In The City, Little Things and other shows. We would love to see more of this cutie on the big screen.

6. Rohan Mehra

Rohan Mehra
Rohan Mehra

(Late) veteran actor Vinod Mehra‘s son, Rohan was seen in Saif Ali Khan‘s Bazaar this year. Nowadays when star kids become famous even before they have made their on screen debut, Rohan was hardly a known face. He grew up in Mombasa, Kenya in the 90’s after his father’s death and came back to India to try his hand at acting.

7. Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan
Sara Ali Khan

Now I know she hasn’t really made her debut yet, as there are still 3 days to go for Kedarnath and another few for Simmba. But I don’t doubt it an ounce that Sara will leave us floored with her on screen demeanour. One can tell from the promos of her upcoming films that her dialogue delivery is commendable and so is her screen presence. She’s gonna be the ultimate Bollywood star, don’t you agree?!

7. Radhika Madaan

Radhika Madan

Radhika Madan made her debut with Vishal Bharadwaj‘s Patakha, along with Sanya Malhotra. She was earlier seen on the small screen in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi.

Which newcomer impressed you the most in 2018? Tell us in the comments below!