Children are full of unexplored talent. Working with them can be very interesting as well as challenging. When there is a child actor in a show or film, it immediately increases the charm of the show. Stories based on the lives of children find a wide audience who want to relate to the character or merely find them endearing. Throughout the years, several Bollywood movies have given importance to child actors. Sometimes they are the protagonists, and sometimes they are very vital to the plot. Either way, having a child actor in the film is a bonus. Here are some of Bollywood’s greatest movies that focused on child actors.
Taare Zameen Par
This 2007 movie was
’s first directorial venture. It was the heartwarming story of an eight-year-old boy who is dyslexic. His struggles with the school curriculum and the inability of his parents to understand his disorder formed the basis of the story. The role of the child protagonist, Ishaan, was played by
. Aamir Khan played the role of an art teacher who helps Ishaan overcome his shortcomings and shine in the best way possible. The film touched the hearts of the entire country and was critically and commercially acclaimed.
Stanley Ka Dabba
Stanley Ka Dabba released in the year 2011 and was directed by
. His son,
, played the central role of Stanley. The story was about a boy studying in the fourth standard who is suspended from school for not bringing his tiffin. The story explores Stanley’s life and the sorrows of the child behind his smiling face and helpful nature. The story was extremely positive and featured several child actors. Their performance was generously praised by the critics.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the story of the bond between an Indian man and a Pakistani child who is lost in India. The movie follows the journey of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi as he strives to find the parents of a mute girl he names Munni. The role of Munni/Shahida was played by child actor
. She became very popular after the movie and won the love of the viewers. This was one of the most successful movies of 2015 and starred
Kareena Kapoor Khan
This was a children’s film directed by
. The theme of the film was based on a group of mischievous kids living in a colony who have to protest against politicians to save one of their friends. The movie had several child actors in important roles. It was praised by critics for teaching life lessons to adults as well. Apart from that, this film also won a few awards, including a National Award. The children who starred in this film are Irfan Khan,
Makdee was a horror and comedy film released in the year 2002. It told the story of a girl and her twin sister who are trapped in the clutches of an alleged witch who is rumoured to turn humans into animals. The film won several awards and became very popular. The central role of Chunni/Munni was played by
Shweta Basu Prasad
played the role of the witch. The movie also dealt with the theme of superstition in the Indian society.
Dhanak was a 2016 film which was directed by
. The story is about two siblings who are fans of Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and
Shah Rukh Khan
respectively. The brother, Chotu, is blind and the sister, Pari, believes that her idol Shah Rukh Khan can help to bring his eyesight back. The movie follows their long and difficult journey to meet the star and get help for Chotu. The lead roles were played by child actors
7. Salaam Bombay!
This 1988 movie, directed by
, was based on the lives of the children in Mumbai who live on the streets. It was very successful critically, winning many prestigious awards. The plot followed the tough lives of these unfortunate children and how they have to work hard to earn a basic living. The actors included
, Hansa Vithal, Raghuvir Yadav, Chanda Sharma, etc. This is one of the cult films focusing on child actors and giving them the central role in the movie.
8. I Am Kalam
This film was a production of the Smile Foundation and was directed by
Nila Madhab Panda
. The film was about a poor child called Chhotu who becomes friends with the son of a gentleman. The child considers the former Indian President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, his idol and inspiration. He wants to be a respectable man when he grows up, just like his idol. The film shows how inspiration can help to face the difficulties of life. It won the love of the critics and the audience, along with many awards. The role of Chhotu was played by child artist
This brilliant movie was based on the plight of abandoned children and their hopes and dreams. The protagonist, Municipality, struggles to find the mother of an infant he had rescued from the street. In his quest to reach the mother, he is disillusioned by the unhelpful nature of the people in authority. Moreover, his hope that his mother would come looking for him someday is also tested. The movie went to several international film festivals and won many honours. The child artists of this movie were Master Shams P, Master Salman, Master Fayaaz, Baby Almas, etc.
This movie was based on the story of a real-life wrestler named Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, who are named Geeta and Babita. The movie shows the sacrifices of the father as he trains his daughters to fulfil the dream of bringing an international medal for the country. The roles of Geeta and Babita were played by
respectively when they were children. Along with Aamir Khan, the child actors excelled in their roles and made the movie super successful and touching.