Stanley Ka Dabba
A boy who never brings lunch to school – Stanley, played by Partho Gupte, son of director Amol Gupte, has raised the bar for all, even for the seasoned actors of Bollywood. Partho won the National Film Award, the Filmfare Special Award and the Best Actor Award at the Shingle Film Festival in Germany amongst other awards.
- I am Kalam
A movie which talks about the necessity of education for all children, I am Kalam gives out a strong message of hope and passion. The slum boy Harsh Mayer, who plays Chhotu, is also known as the ‘Junior Kalam’. From just another kid with the interest for theater to the boy who won a National Award at such a young age, Harsh proved his passion and endurance.
- Salaam Bombay!
Mira Nair’s Oscar nominated movie ‘Salaam Bombay!’ is a heart-wrenching classic. Shafiq Syed, who plays the 11-year old homeless street boy Krishna, himself came from the slums and ran away from home to Bombay ”just to see if what he saw in movies were right”. His luck worked out just right when he was selected for the role in 1988 which won him a National Award and many other national and international award nominations.
Mera Naam Joker
Mera Naam Joker is one of the most touching films, even though it bombed at the box office at its time of release. One of Raj Kapoor’s finest movies, the young Raju was played by Rishi Kapoor. The National Award that Rishi Kapoor won for this movie was just the beginning of many others that he was to win throughout his journey in Bollywood.
A comedy movie, directed by
, Chitchor is the tale of a village couple who want to marry their daughter to an engineer, and a false identification causes a big misunderstanding, resulting in a huge chaos. His performance as Deepu won him a National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 1976.
6. Master '
' - Swami & Friends
We’ve all grown up watching the famous
on Doordarshan, a timeless classic which reminds us of simpler times. Manjunath or
(his screen name) who played Swami was the perfect visual representation of our favorite character and won a lot of awards including 1 National award and 6 International awards.
Taare Zameen Par
The ‘Taara’ from the popular movie Taare Zameen Par, delivered an absolutely powerful performance as a dyslexic child who is confused about his abilities and talents, with the world calling him an ‘idiot’. His performance left us all teary-eyed and got him a Filmfare Critics Award.
Shweta Basu Prasad
The Chunni from Makdee, was our favorite character who strikes a deal with the witch to get back her twin sister Munni. The young Shweta Prasad won a National Award for this film which opened the future door of opportunities for her.