Over the years of a century, the Bollywood film industry has given a lot of superstars, actresses, villains and the number is going on and on.
Besides these superstars, there are special roles in films played by child actors, which cannot be subdued due to their innocent and natural way to present themselves. Here is a list of Best roles by child actors in Bollywood films.
Best Child Actor Performers in Bollywood Films
Darsheel in Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This Bollywood film is directed by Aamir Khan, starring Darsheel Safary and Aamir Khan in lead roles coupled with Tanay Chheda, Tisca Chopra, and Vipin Sharma. The story of the film depicts sharing a special bond between a teacher and his student suffering from dyslexia and aids him to beat his disability. Darsheel plays the role of a child with great aplomb, who is continuously cursed by his parents for not delivering the performance up to the mark. The film won the Filmfare Best Film Award for the year 2008. It was also India’s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film.
Shafiq Syed in Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Salaam Bombay! is a film directed by the cult director Mira Nair. The film stars Shafiq Syed in the lead role and depicts the day-to-day life of street children of Bombay. Shafiq as Chaipu performed very well in the role of a street kid poising his innocence and strength in its natural way. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Unfortunately, this award-winning film actor is an auto-rickshaw driver in Bangalore now.
Master Shams in Thanks Maa (2009)
Thanks Maa is the directorial debut of Irfan Kamal, starring Master Shams Patel, Master Salman, and a whole lot of child actors. The story of the film deals with the issue of child abandonment in the Indian sub-continent. Master Shams performs beautifully coupled with his cronies and puts easy to feel for the plight of the children which is never imagined by the people above the poverty line. The film has won many international awards and Master Shams won a national award for this film in the Best Child Actor Category.
Harshaali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the latest and the biggest hit of superstar Salman Khan, is a Bollywood film directed by Kabir Khan. The film stars Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The story of the film mainly focuses on the cross-border problems and the relationship between the mute girl and a true helping man. The role of the child artist Harshali as a mute girl steals the show and she is really adorable. Besides this, her on-screen chemistry with star actor Salman is mind-blowing.
Harsh Mayar in I Am Kalam (2010)
This Bollywood film is directed by Nila Madhab Panda. The film stars Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, and Hassan Saad. The story of the film revolves around an indigent boy, Chhotu who is motivated by the life of the ex-President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and forms a dubious and uneven friendship with the charming son of a nobleman. The film has acknowledged a number of awards and recognitions.
Shweta Basu Prasad in Makdee (2002)
Makdee is an Indian horror film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, starring Shabana Azmi, Makrand Deshpande, Shweta Prasad, Vijay Raaz, and Alaap Mazgaonkar. The story of the film highlights the belief in witches and witchcraft across the country. Child actor Shweta Basu Prasad as twin sisters Chunni and Munni plays a very strong role in a brilliant and wonderful way. She beautifully manages her two faces as bindaas and darpok simultaneously and presents her heroic nature.
Master Bobby in Amar Prem (1972)
Amar Prem is a Hindi drama film directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Master Bobby, Vinod Mehra, and Madan Puri. The story of the film showcases the decline of human values and relationships, portraying an illustrious example of a school boy’s naive love for a neighborhood prostitute. Master Bobby performed the role of a schoolboy with great maturity and poise.
Partho Gupte in Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
Stanley ka Dabba is a Hindi film written, directed, and produced by Amole Gupte, starring Amol Gupte himself accompanying by Divya Dutta, Partho Gupte (son of Amol Gupte), Divya Jagdale, and Raj Zutsi. Gupte’s son Partho, also the child protagonist of the film, starred in the very touching story of a school kid who doesn’t take lunch to school and how a khadoos teacher ends up berating him for it. The plot of the movie was all the time in sync with food and fishing for the aforesaid food box.
Naman Jain in Chillar Party (2011)
Chillar Party is a Bollywood film for children directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl. The film stars multiple child artists in their debut roles named Jhangiya enacted by Naman, Shaolin Divij, Encyclopedia Sanath, Silencer Vedant, Aflatoon Aarav, Panauti Chinmay, Toothpaste Sherya, Akram Rohan, Second Hand Visshesh, and Fatka Irfan Khan. The role of Jhangiya is really special as the boy always imitates the dialogues from various movies and makes the scene perfectly in a childish way. The film also won the 2011 National Film Award for Best Children’s Film category. The film also carries an important message with it, ‘nothing is impossible.
Ayesha Kapur in Black (2005)
Black is a Bollywood drama film directed by the new age showman, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, and Ayesha Kapur in pivotal roles. The story of the film revolves around a deaf, mute and blind girl and her relationship with her mentor. The little girl Ayesha Kapur who plays the young Michelle is the best child actor ever seen. There are a series of mesmerizing scenes, and one of them includes when Michelle learns her first word – Ma.
Rohan Dey in Rockford (1999)
Rockford is a film directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, starring himself, Nandita Das, Rohan Dey, Kailash Atmanathan, and Ulrika Krishnamurthy. The story of the film simply and wonderfully showcases adolescent kids (only boys) growing in Rockford boarding school and dealing with their life on their terms. Rohan Dey as Rajesh brilliantly plays the protagonist in the film who struggles with his self-esteem and self-image at one point and eventually gets victory in the influence of his mentor.