No Guarantees of A Starry Future

Child artistes have always occupied a very special place in Indian cinema. They have been a potential element for the discovery of new talent and new faces in Indian cinema since a very long time. Child artistes in turn have not just lived up to expectations, but often exceeded them. The professionalism and talent of the child artistes cast in Indian film so far have combined very well and enabled them to give proof of their calibre. But amidst this talented lot, some made it to the big scene by becoming successful adult stars while some sank into obscurity and simply faded away from the minds of viewers. Let us take a closer look at child artistes who made it big on screen as adults too.
Amongst child artistes who have made it big, the first name which comes mind is that of Sridevi, who has recently made a stunning comeback. She started her career as a child artiste at the age of four with the Tamil movie “Kandan Karunai.” This was just the beginning of a journey in which her sheer talent and style took her far – to that enviable point where she no longer needed promotion. The second name that comes to mind is of Hrithik Roshan. He started his journey in the Indian film industry at the age of six as an extra in a dance sequence in the movie “Aasha.” Later in the same year, he also played a small role along with his father Rakesh Roshan in the film “Aap ke Deewane.” And when the time came for him to make a mark for himself amongst the best in the industry, he gave a memorable performance with his movie “Kaho Naa Pyar Hai.” He has starred in many hits since then and is one of the most successful stars in Hindi cinema.
Imran Khan, who made his debut as a child artiste alongside his maternal uncle Aamir Khan, is not far behind on the rolls of child artistes who made it big. He was seen in the movie “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” and “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander.” And he has not disappointed the viewers in the long run as well. His popularity rose considerably with his performance in “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na,” in which Genelia was his co star. He has been seen in many movies after that and it can be assumed that he will prove to be better and better with the passage of time. Another famous name which needs no introduction is that of Rishi Kapoor. His role for a young Raj Kapoor in the film “Mera Naam Joker” is still very fresh in the minds of the people. And once he got the chance on the big screen as an actor in the movie “Bobby” there was no looking back from then on and he has since fascinated viewers with his mesmerising performances in several movies.
However, there have also been some child artistes who have not been able to make a mark in the Indian film industry when it came to playing lead roles as adults. Take the case of Aftab Shivdasani. He was seen in many movies as a child artiste, including the Anil Kapoor starrer “Mr. India” but he has hardly tasted success as a front line actor. He is presently running his own production company, Rising Sun Entertainment. The other name which comes to mind is that of Kunal Khemu. He was seen as a major child actor during the 80’s when his most acclaimed roles were in movies like “Raja Hindustani” and “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.” But he too has not been able to boast of a good success graph in the industry. Khemu is currently working with Saif Ali Khan for his production “Go Goa Gone.” Jugal Hansraj is another child artiste who did not live up to expectations in terms of successful adult performances. He started his career as a child artiste with the film “Masoom” in which Naseeruddin Shah starred. He never really got real acclaim for his films from the viewers. He got appreciation for a few minor roles in movies like “Mohabbatein” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.” But he never really delivered any hits, much to the dismay of the fans.
Hansika Motwani’s performances were appreciated in movies “Koi Mil Gaya” and “Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand.” Her debut as an adult lead actress was in the movie “Aap Ka Suroor.” But successful lead roles have eluded her too. Obviously, success as a child star is no guarantee of success as an adult star. Like all film industries, Bollywood and India’s legion of film fans have their own very distinctive and demanding yardsticks for success and popularity.

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