For Delzad Hiwale, the lad from Pune, life in films started quite early when he was only 14, getting cast in a role that fitted him to a T. That was as a high school student in the steel town of Jamshedpur, having a crush on a class fellow and all the ups and downs that went with it. The film itself, as well as his acting drew quite a lot of acclaim with “
” being declared as one the 5 best watchable films of the year 2011. Though in no way a money spinner, the film did reasonably well, and would be better remembered for the treatment of a juvenile theme, and its deft handling, not the least was the life like portrayal of the central character rendered by Delzad.
From that naughty young lad of 2008, Delzad had moved a long way, when he got his second major role. That was in a totally different and much more serious setting, in the 2012
” – a period film based on the Chittagong armoury raid by freedom fighters in the British India of the 1930s. Although the Varun of “Bubble Gum” and Jhunku in “Chittagong” are both students, for Delzad to portray these vastly different roles, needed immense courage and self belief and obviously loads of talent. The character of Jhunku was quite a complex one with several nuances getting added as the film progresses, but Delzad displays exemplary maturity much beyond his years to lend substance to the role. Pitched against stalwarts like Manoj Bajpayi, and Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Delzad surely had much to learn, but also gave back in equal measure through a highly credible role that fitted in fine with the level of performance of the others in the film. However, getting into the film was not a cakewalk for Delzad as he had to face competition from almost 3,000 other actors of his age to get selected for this important role.
Although Delzad hails from Pune he was not a product of the film institute. Being born there and having spent his formative years there he picked up his acting skills from the Natyakala Institute in Pune, and was actively encouraged by his parents. As his name would suggest he was of mixed parentage, being born to a Parsee mother and a Maharashtrian father, both of whom had more than a passing interest in the performing arts. What the future holds for Delzad is yet to be seen, but in case he would like to pursue an acting career, he seems to be eminently equipped for it.