A low-key debate about nepotism in Bollywood broke out into a fiery discussion in the past couple of months. Most big filmmakers, including the Bhatt camp, have been on the business end of this public outrage. The announcement of Sadak 2 only propelled the debate further. While everyone’s favorite microblogging site has a lot of opinions to offer, let’s take a look at all the outsiders Mahesh Bhatt and co. introduced us to.

Anupam Kher – Saraansh

A phenomenal film directed by Mahesh Bhatt saw Anupam Kher make a stunning and a rather unconventional debut. Kher, 28 at the time, plays a 60-year-old father who is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his only son.

Rahul Roy – Aashiqui

Known for its sweet love story and a killer soundtrack, Aashiqui starred Rahul Roy in the lead, who used to be a regular joe model. Roy went on to do more films with the Bhatt camp.

Anu Aggarwal – Aashiqui

Another formal model Anu Agarwal was the female lead in Aashiqui, who shot to fame with her portrayal of a shy and talented Anu Verghese. At the time, her beautiful dusky skin made her an unconventional choice for a female lead.

Sushmita Sen – Dastak

Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen stars as herself in this thriller that also stars Mukul Dev and Sharad Kapoor. It’s about a mentally unstable man becoming obsessed with Sushmita Sen and she has to seek the police for protection.

John Abraham – Jism

One of the top models of his era, John Abraham was a common face through his advertisements. Later, John would see a glorious career, all thanks to his hot and bold Bollywood debut Jism.

Kangana Ranaut – Gangster

Firebrand Kangana Ranaut debuted with Mahesh Bhatt film Gangster. While the film itself was a hit, Kangana’s performance was appreciated and she went on to become the star she is.

Sunny Leone – Jism 2

Adult film star Sunny Leone left it all behind when she was offered the lead role in the steamier sequel to the original Jism. Sunny Leone did a bunch of item numbers and a few sex comedies after that.

Sadak 2, Mahesh Bhatt’s latest film, is the sequel to his 90s classic Sadak. The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, and Aditya Roy Kapur. Make sure you renew your Disney+ Hotstar subscriptions and stream Sadak 2 on Amazon Prime Video on 28th August.

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