From Master Raju to Darsheel Safarey, child stars have been an incredible success in the Hindi film industry. These cute little faces add another dimension to the script and complement the story with their cute gullible touches. There was a time when sizable part of the movie goers’ crowd expected directors to accommodate a role for a child artist in the movie – the frequency of such roles have dwindled lately but not wiped out completely. Here is a list of top 10 popular child actors in Bollywood.
10. Darsheel Safarey:
It was in the year 2007 that Darsheel Safarey made his Bollywood debut in a movie named ‘Taare Zameen Par’. He was showered with plenteous accolades for the enactment of a role of an autistic child with great level of commitment and nimbleness. Since then, he has been showcased in a different light from other Bollywood child actors for the amount of resourcefulness in his acting skills. This makes him one of the most accepted Bollywood child stars currently.
9. Parzan Dastur:
More famous as ‘Bablu’ from Dhara oil ad, Parzan Dastur has graced many movies with his credulous existence and recital. In the length of the years, we saw him acting in numerous movies including more well-liked ones such as ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (KKHH) and ‘Sikander’. It was for his adorable expressions and cute baby looks he was a craze with the movie-goers. His ‘stars-counting’ scenes in KKHH won him thousands of kisses (including mine) from the fans.
8. Urmila Matondkar:
She is best known for her association with the critically acclaimed movie ‘Masoom’ in 1983. The ‘Rangeela’ girl later on went on to make a mark as one of the top most heroines in Bollywood. She is counted among the next gen tribe of Indian actors who successfully encashed their popularity of childhood days to settle as established actors in their youth.
7. Kunal Khemu:
One of the most popular child actors in the 90’s era, Kunal Khemu who is considered as one among the most talented young breed of actors presently, has acted in many films in the past in the capacity of a child actor. The child artiste of significantly acclaimed movies such as ‘Zakhm’ and ’Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke’ earned the same amount of screen space as the other protagonists in the flick despite being less in age. This shows his popularity level with the audience of time.
6. Aftab Shivdasani:
Better known as the ‘Complan Boy’ who appeared in the advertisement along with baby Ayesha Takia went on to become one of the famous male heartthrobs for few years in Bollywood. Apart from the regular commercials on the TV, he was part of the movies such as Mr. India, Shehenshah and Chaalbaaz.
5. Hansika Motwani:
How can one forget the cute little girl from ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ starring opposite Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta, who stole hearts of one and all with her endearing performance? She has also starred in various TV serials including ‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’ in the past as a child actor. At present she is pursuing her career as an actress in south Indian movie industry.
4. Padmini Kolhapure:
Most famous for her child role in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1977), Padmini Kolhapure is regarded as one of the best child artists, courtesy her sheer acting skills, best of the breed Indian movie industry has ever seen. She is still celebrated for her performance in the 1980 released ‘Gehrayee’ where she played the role of a black magic inflicted girl.
3. Master Bittu:
Vishal Desai who was popularly known as ‘Master Bittu’ played many roles as a child star in the movies. The famous child star acted alongside the likes of Pran, Amitabh Bachhan, Shashi Kapoor and many other cine-greats in the block buster movies of 70’s such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Chupke Chupke, Yaarana, Mr. Natwarlal. He is presently working on directorial jobs in Bollywood.
2. Shweta Prasad:
One of the most talented actresses in the present Bollywood crop of actors, Shweta Prasad is better known for her role in the critically acclaimed 2002 film ‘Makdee’. She won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for her performance in the same flick. She has earned huge praise from Bollywood veteran and renowned theater artist Shabana Azmi for the kind of life she brings in her acts.
1. Master Raju:
Raju Shreshtha is still distinctively known as Master Raju (the word master was credited with his name for the child stars of Bollywood) despite him having entered the 47th year of his life. Such was the charm of this cute little boy of yesteryears that his presence was almost binding in every movie of the era. His most remarkable performances are in the blockbusters of 1970’s named ‘Bawarchi’, ‘Chitchor’, and ‘Kitab’. The darling child star of former times bagged National Film Award for Best Child Artist for ‘Chitchor’ (1976).