Once an actor is always an actor, says a Bollywood child star who finds it hard to steer off his love of acting though hid dad has told him time and time again to concentrate on his studies,
The youngest actor in India to be nominated for Best Actor alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Darsheel Safary established new levels of acting excellence for a child actor in Taare Zameen Par.
Born in 1997, Safary made his acting debut in 2007 in Taare Zameen Par. As a struggling dyslexic child in the film he was praised by film critics and won several awards for his performance
Safary was discovered by script writer and creative director, Amol Gupte late 2006 when he was looking for a male lead for his film. After going through hundreds of auditions, Gupte found Safary at Shiamak Davar’s dancing school, “Summer Funk”.
In choosing Safary, Gupte had a number of boys audition for a scene in which they would informally describe how they would “bunk” school after being given a few scenarios. He recalls, “It was a tough call. But Darsheel has the mischief in his eyes to be Ishaan. Everyone just naturally gravitated towards him.” In a 2007 interview, Safary stated that his future career plans may include singing, dancing, becoming a businessman or jewellery designer. That was when he was just 10 years.
After the movie and while studying he says he had been doing a lot of amateur theatre, also 30-35 street plays. “I was hooked. I knew I wanted to be nothing but an actor now”.
Now he is planning to act in a play at the National Centre Of Performing Arts. “When director Abhishek Pattnaik offered me a chance to share theatre space with stalwarts like Dalip Tahil and Ananth Mahadevan in a play called ‘Can I Help You?’, I didn’t have to think very hard before accepting the offer. This was just the kind of challenge I was looking for to take me into mature acting”.
He says he plays a character called Rikhab who is an aggressive personality.
He added that he is looking for a career in Bollywood. “I am only 19. I won’t sign a predictable teenybopper debut where I have to dance and sing and romance a chick. I want a debut as a leading man that would be a worthy follow-up to ‘Taare Zameen Par’. In the meanwhile, I am committed to my play for two years”.
Darsheel’s 15th birthday gift from his dad was a trip to Sri Lanka where he ‘spent sight-seeing and played with baby elephants, indulged in water-sports and saw crocodiles too’.
“To top it all, my father gifted me a laptop. It was one of my most memorable birthdays till date,” he said. – CINEWS