As far as new acting talent goes 2015 was not quite the year of reckoning. Some notable talent did emerge. But nothing extraordinary. No star was born. Sorry. Here's listing the 10 that made some impact.
1. Bhumi Pedneker in Dum Lagake Haisha: Playing the feisty wife with weight issues, Bhumi was the portrait of spirited spontaneity. The good news is Bhumi didn't mind playing an overweight leading lady. The bad news is, she has now slimmed down and will compete with the Parineetis and Alias of show world. Weight, and watch. But she was definitely the best female newcomer of 2015. One more Yashraj discovery to be proud of after Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra.
3. Vicky Kaushal in Masaan: Action director Sham Kaushal's son is the surprise of the year. In Neeraj Ghaywaan's Masaan he proved himself a complete natural sinking his soul into the role of cremator's son in Varanasi. Most definitely the best male discovery of the year.
4. Harshaali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan: She is all of 7, going on 8. But wait! Her emotive energy can put veterans to shame. She was quite simply the scene stealer heartbreaker and dream chaser in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The best child debutant since Darsheel Safari in Taare Zameen Par.
5. Omkar Kapoor in Pyaar Ka Punchnaama 2: Speaking of child actors, remember the precocious 'Chota Bachcha Jaan Ke Humko Na Behkana Re' kid from Masoom (not the Shekhar Kapoor film)? He has grown up into a confident and comprehending performer in Luv Ranjan's Pyaar Ka Punchnaama 2. Should go places.
6. Pavleen Gujral in Angry Indian Goddesses: As a Delhi housewife married into a rich sterile marriage this model-turned-actress was heartwarmingly real. Watching her we felt we had seen her somewhere. Hold on to that connectivity, girl.
7. Shashank Arora in Titli: Playing a wretchedly unhappy scion of a criminal family in Kanu Behl's crime drama, Arora defined a new-age protagonist who was just a face in the crowd until you rubbed him the wrong way.
9. Aathiya Shetty in Hero: She is tall and high-cheek boned. There is something different about Suniel Shetty's daughter. Just what it is, we don't know yet.
10. Pranay Pachauri Time Out: It isn't the easiest thing in the world to play gay in your debut film. Pranay did. As the role-model of a son and elder brother who decides to come out of the closet Pranay proved a hugely confident actor in putting across his character's dark uncertainties.