Quite a few actors debuted in 2008. And while a lot was expected from most of them, only a handful of them managed to survive in this unforgiving industry. Here, we break down the careers of all those who debuted in 2008, and see what went right, or wrong, with their careers.

#10 Adhyayan Suman


Shekhar Suman’s baby boy made his debut in the ill fated Haal-E-Dil, and then proceeded to have a non-career with flop after flop. His biggest claim to fame has been dating Kangana Ranaut.

#9 Rajneesh Duggal


He made a decent debut in 1920- the surprise hit of the year. But could not follow it up with a decent career. Nowadays, he acts almost exclusively with Sunny Leone, in films that not many watch.

#8 Nakuul Mehta


Remember the ill fated Haal-E-Dil I was talking about earlier? It had another casualty in the form of Nakuul Mehta. But at least he went on to have a good career on television.

#7 Harman Baweja


Big things were expected from the scion of Harry Baweja. But Love Story 2050 was the biggest flop of 2008, and Harman followed it up with Victory and What’s Your Rashee. He attempted another comeback in 2014 with Dishkiyaoon, but even that flopped.

#6 Manjot Singh


The undeniably talented Manjot Singh even got the Critics Choice award for best debut, for his role in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Sadly, his career hasn’t particularly picked up from there. He still put in great performances in Udaan, Fukrey and Fukrey Returns.

#5 Adah Sharma

Adah Sharma

She put in a great performance in 1920, and in the opinion of this writer, she should have won the Filmfare Best Debut award that year. However, despite acting in several films over the years, she could not never make it big.

#4 Imran Khan


The joint recipient of the Filmfare award for the Best Male Debut, Imran Khan had a decent run at the movies- with bonafide hits such as I Hate Luv Storys and Delhi Belly to his name. He couldn’t sustain it, however, and currently is in oblivion.

#3 Asin


In my opinion, Asin never really pushed her boundaries as an actor, and was happy playing the arm candy of much older superstars. She promptly quit films after getting married to a millionaire. A case of ‘what-if’?

#2 Farhan Akhtar


Farhan Akhtar has carved out quite a career for himself as an actor. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and gave great performances in Rock On, Karthik Calling Karthik, Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

#1 Anushka Sharma


Out of all the actors who debuted in 2008, Anushka Sharma has been able to attain the most success. Her spate of hit films has been going on for some time now, and she has now even turned producer. Oh, and she got married to one Virat Kohli. She has gone from strength to strength in her personal and professional life. What more can one ask for!