7 New, Promising Stars Of 2011

Published: Dec 23, 2011 06:40:06 AM IST
Updated: Dec 20, 2011 05:04:35 PM IST


Aman Sethi

Is a journalist who won the International Committee of the Red Cross award for the best Indian print media article on humanitarian issues. His report covered police atrocities in Chhattisgarh villages, as the government finds it increasingly tough to fight the Maoists. Sethi’s bond with those who remain invisible to the urban juggernaut extends to his debut novel A Free Man, the tale of a migrant labourer in Delhi.

Abhishek Chaubey
He directed the brilliant Ishqiya in 2010, after being associate director on some of Vishal Bhardwaj’s best works. Their next work, directed by Bhardwaj, is called Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola and is slated for a 2012 release.



Kalki Koechlin
Releases in 2011 ensured it is tough to slot her. If her characters in Bejoy Nambiar’s Shaitan and Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl in Yellow Boots were what you would expect from her, the ridiculously posh and possessive Natasha in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara turned those expectations on their head. She also starred in Raaghav Dar’s My Friend Pinto and will be seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai in 2012.

Rana Begum
Is an artist of Bangladeshi origin, living and working in London. An urban romantic, her works are inspired by the urban environment and are simple and hard-edged. She has three shows lined up for 2012, including a solo show in Dubai.


Ravichandran Ashwin
Is the rare player who unleashes the carrom ball (a version of the spin) on the cricket pitch. He made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2011, winning the Man of the Series award. He was also retained by Chennai Super Kings during the 2011 IPL auctions for $850,000.

Mirza Waheed
Writes about his homeland Kashmir in his debut novel The Collaborator, which is about an obscure village along the Line of Control, caught in the politics and violence between India and Pakistan. Waheed is a journalist based in the UK.


Ajinkya Rahane
One of 11 players to have scored more than 1,000 runs in a single Ranji Trophy season, he made his ODI debut during England’s tour of India. He has been included in the squad for the Australia tour and is considered as one of the possible replacements for Rahul Dravid.

Images - Aman Sethi:  Ishan Tankha; Kalki Koechlin: Adrien Veczan/ Reuters; Ravichandran Ashwin: Andrew Caballero Reynolds/ Reuters; Ajinkya Rahane: Adnan Abidi/ Reuters

(This story appears in the 06 January, 2012 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Rahul Singh

    This article: Mirza Waheed writes about his homeland Kashmir in his debut novel The Collaborator, which is about an obscure village along the Line of Control, caught in the politics and violence between India and Pakistan. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?270612 The collaborator of the title is the book's narrator, a Kashmiri boy in his late teens, living in a close-knit community of families in a Gujjar Muslim village, Nowgam, near the Line of Control with Pakistan at the onset of the 1990s. This was the time Islamabad seriously began to infiltrate terrorists (many of them Pakistani, Afghan and even Arab) across the border to wreak havoc in Kashmir, and many young Kashmiri men were inveigled across to the Pakistani side to receive arms and training before returning to wage war %u2014 and all too often meet their deaths %u2014 on Indian soil. The novel speaks of a village whose every single woman has been raped by Indian soldiers, and depicts a gruesome beheading of a young Kashmiri as having been done by the army. Not only are such preposterous claims made as if they reflect fact, but the author largely absolves Pakistan of responsibility for its cynical use of Kashmiri youth in a proxy war with India; does not create a single sympathetic Hindu character, or so much as mention the syncretic, non-sectarian "Kashmiriyat" that was such a defining feature of the state's ethos before militancy destroyed it; makes only a glancing reference to the suffering of the Kashmiri Pandits exiled from their homes by Islamist terrorists; and recounts only one incident of the militants' own notorious brutality, while painting a portrait of Indian resistance to terror as unrelievedly brutal and murderous. The young men so sympathetically described in The Collaborator chose to pick up arms and use them, in unwitting pursuit of a neighbour's strategic goals; India's response, though hardly without flaws and failures of its own, was just that%u2014a response to terror, and not the cause of it. http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/arts-letters/the-autumn-of-hypocrisy#comment-13166 The Ghosts Will Walk: Sanjay Kak reviews Mirza Waheed's "The Collaborator" http://kafila.org/2011/05/05/the-ghosts-will-walk-sanjay-kak-reviews-mirza-waheeds-the-collaborator/

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