They were born to be star and showed a glimpses of their talent quite early in their career. The movie industry can boast of handful of child artists who went on to leave their mark in this glitterati world. Child actors who twinkled as little star but how much did they really go far? We take a look at actors who debuted as child actors and went on to be a successful actor.
The ‘Perfectionist’ Khan showed the world his acting abilities when he was barely 8 in 1973 classic Yaadon Ki Barat. He is now one of the most bankable and iconic stars. His choice of films may shock some but he sure knows what works. He has to his name biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema Dhoom 3. His other memorable films incluce 3 Idiots, Ghajini and Taare Zameen Par among others.
Like mamu Aamir Khan, this younger Khan followed his footsteps to feature on screen as child actor when he played young Aamir Khan in 1992 cult movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. As a leading actor he made his debut with commercially and critically acclaimed Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. His successive films have failed to make impact.
Urmila debuted in 1981 movie Kalyug but was noticed as child actor for her portrayal in Shekhar Kapur’s touching 1983 movie Masoom. She not only went on to give several hits but was also one of the most sought out actor in terms of performance oriented charecters. Some of her notable work has been in Pinjar, Bhoot, Rangeela and Ek Haseena Thi.
Masoom saw debut of not one but two child artists. Along with Urmila was the light eyed, fair and truly masoom Jugal Hansraj. The two came together 11 years later in 1994 release Aa Gale Lag Jaa. He did not really taste the same success as a leading hero and went on to direct movies for Yash Raj banner.
Now this is what we call real transformation. From playing Shahrukh Khan’s daughter Anjali in 1998 romantic drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to hot and sexy Tanya in 2012 coming-of-age drama Student of the year. She did quite a number of films as child artist.
Her transformation from a bubbly kid dancing around Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya to hot, glamourous babe did not go un-noticed. She is bagging plum roles in Tollywood and is a known name there.
He began his career as child artist in Mr. India. He played lead opposite Urmila in RGV’s Mast. In 2013 he entered the Rs 100 crore club riding on adult comedy Grand Masti. He is also a producer.
One of the cutest child actor who worked in Pardes and Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, made his debut as lead in Shaapit which did not do well at the box office. He is back in the limelight but this time as singer giving vocals to two Ranveer Singh songs Tattad Tattad and Ishqiyaun Dhishkiyaun in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter’s love for camera could be seen in 1999 film Sangharsh where she played younger Priety Zinta. As a timid girl she acted brilliantly. She bagged the lead role in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year and has films with Imtiaz Ali and other big directors lined up for release this year.
He was brilliant as Aamir Khan’s side kick in Raja Hindustani and was also noted as a child actor in Dushman, Zakhm, Huma Hain Rahi Pyar Ke but failed as a lead actor in 2005 film Kalyug. He was also part of Golmaal 3 and 2013 sleeper hit Go Goa Gone.
Shweta Basu Prasad
From an adorable bespectacled sister of Iqbal to kohl eyed glamorous girl, Shweta shed her nerdy looks to adopt a more stylish persona in order to brighten her chances of bagging lead role. Currently she is filming for movies down the south.
Must say they have really come a long way!