Actors who broke free from the mold of ‘conventional’ debut

Several actors have made their debut in the film industry with unconventional and unique films, breaking away from traditional norms and carving their own paths. Here is a list of actors who have chosen a unique path for their acting journey.
Babil Khan

Son of late actor Irrfan Khan, Babil made her big Bollywood debut with the film ‘Qala’. The film was about the problematic relationship between an aspiring singer and her mother. In the film, Babil played the role of an orphan. Babil’s choice of script for his debut film showed that he doesn’t run behind the lead roles; rather, he gives importance to the substance that the script holds.

Abhimanyu Dassani 
Abhimanyu Dassani made his debut in the Bollywood film ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’.The film was released in 2018 and was directed by Vasan Bala. Abhimanyu Dasani played the lead role of Surya, a young man who has a rare medical condition that prevents him from feeling pain. The film received positive reviews for its unique concept, action sequences, and Abhimanyu Dassani`s performance. It was praised for its quirky and offbeat approach to storytelling. 
Ishaan Khatter
Ishaan Khatter made his acting debut in the film ‘Beyond the Clouds’, which was released in 2017. Directed by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, the film had a unique narrative and artistic approach. ‘Beyond the Clouds’ tells the story of a young brother and sister who struggle to survive on the streets of Mumbai. Ishaan Khatter`s performance in ‘Beyond the Clouds’ received positive reviews from critics, and it showcased his acting talent and potential. 
Harshvardhan Kapoor
Harshvardhan Kapoor made his acting debut in the film ‘Mirzya’, which was released in 2016. The movie was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and was inspired by the Punjabi folklore of Mirza-Sahiban. The film featured a unique narrative structure, blending a contemporary love story with elements of the legendary tale.
Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi made her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. The actress did not look anything like a conventional Bollywood heroine, and neither did the role. The movie was based on the story of an oversized woman whose husband hates her. In a world obsessed with glamour, Bhumi’s bold choice made her stand out.
Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte gained attention for her debut in the Bengali film ‘Antaheen’, which explored the complexities of modern relationships. She continued to choose unconventional roles and projects throughout her career, including films like ‘Phobia’, and ‘Lust Stories’. Before ‘Antaheen’ the actress played a small role in ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’
Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar Rao made his big debut with the film ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’, directed by Dibakar Banerjee. The film was known for its unconventional narrative. Rajkummar Rao`s performance in this film marked the beginning of his journey as a versatile actor who often takes on challenging and offbeat roles.
Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana`s debut film, ‘Vicky Donor`, tackled the taboo subject of sperm donation with humour and sensitivity. His choice of this unconventional project set the tone for his career, as he continued to star in films that addressed societal issues and challenged stereotypes.
These actors, among others, have shown that unconventional films can provide a platform for creativity. Their bold choices and exceptional performances have not only shaped their careers but have also contributed to the evolution of Indian cinema.