It’s the end of 2018 and talking about the debutantes of the year, here’s why we feel it is unfair to compare Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan – The year 2018 was a benchmark for more reasons than one. Not only did it finally cement the fact that nothing matters more than the script, it also showed us that Bollywood was always ready to embrace change. And talking about change, we have to talk about those who made their debuts this year. It is not easy to be accepted in Bollywood. Even star kids struggle to carve a niche, if the audience don’t like their performance. And this year, two star kids made their way to the industry. Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan made their presence felt with their respective debut films. But as is often the case with debutantes who appear on screen on the same year, the audience was quick to pit one against the other. Remember the time when Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor had made their debuts on the same day? The two are compared to each other even today.
No sooner had Kedarnath promotions begun, comparisons were drawn between the two debutantes and sides were taken. But we feel it is rather unfair on them to do so. Apart from the fact that they are individuals, there is also the factor of them starring in two different films, which makes it an unique experience for both of them. By comparing we are only telling that one is better than the other but to judge them on the basis of when they first faced the camera isn’t perfect. Here’s why we think so…
Different debut films
Janhvi made her film debut with a film like Dhadak, which was a remake of Sairat. She already had the bar set too high as the female protagonist of the Marathi film had garnered rave reviews for her performance. She was pitted against Rinku Rajguru and that was no easy comparison to live up to. On the other hand, Sara chose Kedarnath – an original script, for her debut. We had no one to compare Mukku to, which made it easy to view her with a fresh perspective.
Janhvi’s character Parthvi was that of a rich, spoilt girl, who was used to getting her way everywhere she went. To channel that arrogance in your very first film must be difficult. Sara’s Mandakini was a rebel and quite outspoken, and while that is difficult too, Sara managed to pull it off.
Janhvi started her career with another newcomer, Ishaan Khatter, whereas Sara had a seasoned actor like Sushant Singh Rajput to give her company. Not to take anything away from Sara here but when you have someone who is used to facing the camera not only do you learn more, you also respond better to the other person. With two newcomers, there must be a lot of learning happening to make the process flawless.
Janhvi and Sara also didn’t have similar upbringing. While Janhvi always wanted to become an actress, Sara has had change of plans in between. This surely helped her hone her personality into being more than just a film star, which lends to the films and roles she does as well.
Before Sridevi’s unfortunate demise, Janhvi was spotted everywhere with her mother. And she imbibes the same poise and charm of her mother, and honestly it is never easy to live up to the image of a superstar like Sridevi. Janhvi, on the other hand, seems to have taken it easy and tried to focus more on creating her own image rather than live up to the ones created by her illustrious family.
All said and done, we really feel that both the girls deserve more than being compared to each other. They are both amazing in their own right and we should give each a chance to prove themselves before writing them off.