In the annals of Hindi cinema, instances of stellar performances from child actors are neither a new nor a rare phenomenon. It has been happening right from the days of black and white cinema, with names of stars like Daisy Irani, baby Naaz or even baby Nanda coming to mind from that era. Many of these child stars had however lost their “child star” status after continuing or entering films in their grown up ages, with only a few names sticking to the mind as child stars. Darsheel Safary of “ Taare Zameen Par” fame, however, belongs to a totally different mould, as experienced movie goers would immediately admit. Most child actors in Hindi films, over the years, have portrayed or made to portray “puffed” up roles, where the innocence associated with a child had been sacrificed for theatrical needs. Moreover, in a majority of cases, the characters assigned were typically that of normal kids, portrayed either in circumstances of suffering or neglect on the one hand or in situations of parental pampering. Seldom, however, a child character has been portrayed in the rather deglamourised role of one suffering from an inherent internal disability. Here is one instance of a child character playing a rather mature role, if one can describe it as such. Volumes have been written about Darsheel’s acting in the film, but perhaps the best tribute came from one critic who said that ‘he did not act, he made us believe that he really was suffering from dyslexia!”

Yet, if one looks at his background, he had more inclinations towards dancing, rather than acting, being spotted from Shiamak Davar’s dance school by the discerning eyes of script writer Amol Gupte. Perhaps it was a coincidence that Darsheel’s father also had been a child star having appeared as the young Chanakya in the 1990 DD serial of that name. Currently trying to complete his studies in college, Darsheel had once confessed his desire to become a businessman or jewellery designer, in addition to pursuing his passion for dancing and singing. Now all of 19 years in 2015, Darsheel is not sure how he would like his acting career to proceed, although he has already acted in two films after “Tare Zameen Par”, including the historical “Midnight’s Children” in 2014.
Darshan Kumar Hindi Actor

Darshan Kumar

It is not uncommon for those whose maiden acting venture happened to be a bio-pic, to have their names invariably associated with that movie for quite some time to come. So has been the case with the up and coming hero of Bollywood, Darshan Kumar, who debuted in the 2013 film “Mary Kom” on the life and times of the most famous Indian female pugilist. Funnily, “Mary Kom” was not actually Darshan’s first film – it was the first to be released, but it quite undeniably altered the image of Darshan as the screen “husband” of Mary Kom, based on his role in the film. Although a Delhi lad, he shifted base to Mumbai when he was 24, in his passion for theatre. Starting with the city’s Sahej Theater group, he signed up with Motley Productions after 5 years, and this was the most useful period of his theatre career, getting the opportunity of working and picking up the finer points of acting from none other than Nasiruddin Shah, over the next 10 years. This extended stint in honing up his acting skills ultimately bore fruit when he was picked up for Anushka Sharma’s production unit’s maiden venture “NH 10”, to be paired opposite the actress herself as the lead actor. Reminiscing on his two contrasting roles opposite two of the leading ladies of Bollywood, Darshan Kumar feels himself to be indeed lucky t be so privileged in his very first two films. That Darshan is very serious about his acting is obvious from the amount of time and effort he puts in for his roles. For the character of Onler Karong Kom, Mary Kom’s husband, Darshan Kumar literally starved it out, losing 12 kgs before the shooting commenced to look convincing for the part of the lean and gaunt looking Onler. For “NH 10” on the other hand, Darshan had to look the tough macho guy, playing a role with shades of negativity about it. While on the topic of his looks, Darshan is supposed to resemble the American Golden Globe Award winning actor John Christopher "Johnny" Depp” who was a teen idol in the 80s in USA. However, the serious actor that he is, Darshan would love to emulate Johnny Depp not only in looks but also as an actor of a high calibre. In keeping with the 2 roles he has already played, none of which were of the romantic hero types, he would like to build up his career more as a class actor rather than as a glamorous hero. With the obvious histrionic talent he has acquired through long years in theatre, this ambition of his does not seem misplaced.

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