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11 Child Actors In Bollywood Whose Powerful Performances Left The Audience Asking For More

March 9, 2016 — by Team PeppyStory

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

Can you imagine Bajrangi Bhaijaan without Harshaali Malhotra or Taare Zameen Par without Darsheel Safary? No, of course not! They are the heart and soul of these movies.

The powerhouse performances of these child actors would put even the veteran actors to shame. Oh! and let’s not forget their adorable expressions!

So without further ado, let us revisit some of the new and old Bollywood movies to find some of the most powerful performances of these child actors.

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#1. Harshaali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

The whole nation was taken in by Harshaali Malhotra’s immense cuteness and charm as Munni in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Despite playing the role of a deaf and mute character in the movie, her performance strongly spoke of her acting skills. The adorable child actor has also acted in popular TV shows like Laut Aao Trisha, Qubool Hai and Jodha Akbar.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

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#2. Partho Gupte in Stanley Ka Dabba

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Like father, like son! Son of Amol Gupte, the man behind Taare Zameen Par, Partho Gupte is just as amazing as his father. He won many hearts as well as accolades including the most prestigious child actor award at the Schlingel International Film Festival for the portrayal of his role as Stanley in Stanley Ka Dabba. Partho, along with all the other kids, is simply adorable in this gem of a film. After his performance, he shined in other films as well like Hawaa Hawaii.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
Image Courtesy: Hawaa Hawaii

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#3. Darsheel Safary in Taare Zameen Par

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Image Courtesy: Taare Zameen Par

It has been close to a decade since the much-acclaimed movie Taare Zameen Par released, but the images of the bunny teeth boy struggling with dyslexia is still fresh in our minds. Playing the complicated role of Ishaan Awasthi was not easy, but Darsheel Safary with his superb acting skills made us fall in love with the kid. He even won the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actor, and also the Zee Cine Critics Award for Best Actor. He later went on to act in the film, Bumm Bumm Bole, and even showed off his dancing prowess in season 5 of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
Image Courtesy: Bumm Bumm Bole

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#4. Harsh Mayar in I am Kalam

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Image Courtesy: I Am Kalam

Born to a poor family in the slums of Delhi, the bright eyed Harsh Mayar gave an excellent performance in the heart-warming movie, I Am Kalam. Just like his character in the film, the young boy got a chance to give wings to his dreams of becoming an actor. His impeccable performance as Chhotu in his debut film even helped him bag the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.

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#5. Purav Bhandare in Tahaan

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
Image Courtesy: Tahaan

Holding your own, while sharing screen space with veteran actors like Anupam Kher, Sarika and Rahul Bose, is a difficult thing to do. But, the cute little boy Purav Bhandare not only held his ground, but also won everyone’s heart with his extraordinary performance as Tahaan, a traumatised Kashmiri child. Anupam Kher mentioned in all his interviews that he was super-impressed by his performance.

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Image Courtesy: Tahaan

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#6. Rohan Dey in Rockford

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
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Rockford is a beautiful movie by Nagesh Kukunoor about a teenager, Rajesh, growing up in a boarding school. And, Rohan Dey as Rajesh is just excellent. His portrayal of a boy struggling through his teenage years in an all-boys boarding school is very impressive. It was perhaps one of the most favourite movie of the kids of the 90s.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
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#7. Master Shams Patel in Thanks Maa

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

Thanks Maa is another beautiful and hard-hitting film about a bunch of street kids, their struggle to survive and deliver the abandoned baby on streets to its mother. The strength of this movie lies in its children, especially in the hands of Master Shams Patel, who delivers an extraordinary life-like performance as a young boy named Municipality. Shams even won a National Award as Best Child Actor for his role in Thanks Maa.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
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#8. Parzan Dastur in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
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Now, who can forget the jalebi boy counting stars in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? He was too adorable in all the scenes. Although he has acted in various movies since then, his role of the cute Sikh kid in KKHH is just as unforgettable as the film itself.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

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#9. Sana Saeed in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood

The little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai with her cute smile and superb performance was instantly popular with the audience even before the film was released. She played the pivotal role of bringing Rahul, his father and Anjali, her father’s best friend, together. After being absent from the silver screen for a long time, Sana was again seen as Tanya, a hot and sexy girl in the 2012 superhit movie Student of The Year.

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#10. Shweta Basu Prasad in Makdee

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
Image Courtesy: Makdee

Even though she played the role of Sakshi Tanwar’s daughter in the highly popular show Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, it was her film Makdee that got her noticed. She even won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for portraying the role of identical twins Chunni and Munni. After Makdee, she gave another brilliant performance as Shreyas Talpade’s sister in Iqbal. Shweta is all grown up now, and we really hope to see her doing some important roles in Bollywood.

Most Powerful Performances Of Child Actors In Bollywood
Image Courtesy: Iqbal

#11. Ahsaas Channa

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Remember the cute little boy who played the son of Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna? Well, that child actor has grown up into a GIRL! Yes, that was child actress Ahsaas Channa playing a boy’s character in the movie. She has also earlier worked in movies like Vastushastra and My Friend Ganesha.

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She is all grown up into a beautiful girl and has with numerous TV projects to her credits including Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev. Ahsaas hopes to make it big in Bollywood and we truly wish her well.

Now, what do you have to say about these powerhouse performances by the juniors of the industry? Have you seen them all? If not, you are surely missing out on some amazing cinematic experiences.

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