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Sisters steal the limelight in Tollywood

Published: Thursday, February 19, 2009, 16:11 [IST]

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First came the wave of star sons who rode their short-lived waves of popularity based on their dads' fan base. Then came sons of producers, after that came cousins, nephews, relatives far and near who piggy-backed their way on Indian silver screens, riding on their more famous relations' popularity.

We have seen the hoary trend of fathers and uncles introducing their sons, nephews and grandchildren into cinema with much fanfare. But now, it is now the turn of established heroines to try and introduce their sisters into the industry. In Bollywood, Shilpa Shetty introduced her sister Shamita Shetty, who didn't do too well.

In Southern films, we have seen the Travancore sisters, and more recently Nagma-Jyothika. Now, Kajal Agarwal, who is starring opposite Ram Charan Teja in his Magadheera (also spelt Mahadheera) has started promoting the portfolio of her sister Ishta Agarwal. Insiders who have seen Ishta's stills say that Ishta has the looks to become an actress though she's not as gorgeous as 'akka' Kajal Agarwal. Director Teja, Puri Jagannath, Allu Arjun, S.S. Rajamouli and Raghavendra Rao have all viewed Ishta's portfolio. It seems that Kajal Agarwal is keen on on launched her 15-year-old sister ASAP.

Ileana, a much-established star with many hits to her credit, is eager to launch her younger sister in a starry career as well. Recently, Ileana circulated her younger sister's portforlio to stars like Tamil actor Silambarasan (Simbu) and director V.V. Vinayak. Ileana's sister might even receive a casting call from Manchu Manoj Babu.

Meanwhile, sex symbol Mumaith Khan with her scorching hot dance moves and costumes, has already launched her sister Sabeen as an actress. In fact, to make sure that all goes well, Mumaith Khan is even producing Sabeen's debut film.

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