Child actors in a movie usually become one of the highlights, with their lovable actions and cute dialogues in a larger movie plot, they often steal the show! Indian films have also seen a child actor who made the films successful especially with their acting. Whether it’s Daisy and Honey Irani or Baby Naaz in the 50s, Neetu Singh and Sarika in the 60s, Master Raju in the 70s, Urmila Matondkar and Jugal Hansraj in the 80s or Kunal Kemmu in the 90s, each of their characters are unforgettable.
Taare Zameen Par, Chillar Party and other Bollywood films where child actors were the real “heroes”
Several Bollywood movies feature child actors who are not only charming but also make the movie twice as entertaining. Here is a list of some films with splendid performances by child actors that are sure to take you on a journey to the past of your childhood.
Taare Zameen By
This 2007 film is one of the few to have tackled the subject of dyslexia and learning difficulties in children. Taare Zameen By depicts a child, Ishaan Awasthi who struggles to meet the expectations of his father and society. Ishaan, played by Darsheel Safari and the life-changing teacher Ishaan, played by Aamir Khan’s motive of changing people’s mindsets towards children who are different was well received.
The film, directed and produced by Amol Gupta, highlights the harshness of these children who do not live in the endearing shadow of their parents and must fend for themselves from an early age. The story is woven around a boy at a tender age who never brings his tiffin box to school. He hides the reason why he didn’t bring a tiffin box to school, but he has a group of friends who watch over him and share their own tiffin meals with him. The film leaves audiences in tears as Stanley’s story gradually unfolds.
Hamid is the heartbreaking story of a seven-year-old Kashmiri boy who grapples with the trauma of a missing father and a crying mother. One of the most heartbreaking moments of Hamid It’s when the boy shouts into a phone and says to the person he believes to be God, “If you can’t help people or make a difference, then why do you exist?” Aap hain Kyun? The boy is the main character of the film. The story revolves around her emotional upheaval due to immeasurable loss and suffering. Hamid, played by Talha Arshad Reshi, won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his heartbreaking performance.
The film featured superstars like Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. However, it was child actor Harshaali Malhotra who stole the show. Her role as Munni, a mute six-year-old girl who is tragically separated from her mother, brought audiences to tears. The story unfolds further with her affair with Salman’s character, Pawan who took it upon himself to bring Munni home safely. Munni’s innocence and Pawan’s honesty invoked love in the hearts of the audience for themselves.
Directed by Vikas Behl and Nitesh Tiwari, chillar night takes the audience on a journey with Fatka and her gang. The story revolves around Fatka and his gang who make relentless efforts to save their dog, Bhidu, from the hands of a cunning politician who instigates a plan to drive all the stray dogs out of town. The movie garnered a ton of admiration due to the compelling plot and most importantly their plan for those who walk around town to raise awareness to save their dog friends. The “chaddi march” of Fatka and his gang became the film’s most popular element.
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