Retaining his Foothold

Retaining his Foothold

The youngest participant on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa,Darsheel Safary,on what makes him groove.

He isn’t exactly your regular “child-actor with a cherubic face”. What sets Darsheel Safary apart,according to director Amole Gupte,is “the mischief in his eyes”. From getting to have his name in the opening credits before Aamir Khan in an Aamir Khan film to beating Shah Rukh Khan at the Filmfare Awards,he has achieved feats that are unprecedented in Hindi film history. The aura of his fairytale start didn’t carry over to his later movies,but mid-June onwards,Darsheel intends to dance his way into the drawing rooms with the fifth season of the dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. He talks about his journey as an actor so far and future plans.

You have always talked about your love for dancing,and your desire to become a dancing-star like Hrithik Roshan. In that way,you wouldn’t have thought twice about Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.

No,actually I had to think twice over it,now that I am in the tenth standard and have to worry about studies. But,yes,I have always loved dancing,ever since I was five years old. I used to dance in the bathroom,in front of the mirror and everywhere else till the day my parents discovered my dancing abilities and decided to put me in Shiamak Davar’s dance classes.

Given the dismal history of child actors in Bollywood,Aamir Khan had suggested that you take a sabbatical after Taare Zameen Par (TZP),continue with your studies and come back to


acting as an adult. Do you regret doing Bumm Bumm Bole and Zokkomon after TZP?

No,I don’t regret it. I know what Aamir uncle said after TZP,but I wanted to stay alive in my fans’ minds. I didn’t want to be forgotten. All my fans,friends,family and well-wishers really liked my work and I am happy about it.

Are you still in touch with Aamir Khan?

Yeah yeah,very much. He still wishes me on my birthday and before the start of exams or any film.

How do you decide to do a film?

My father looks at the script,my family discusses it and finally it is left to me to take the final call.

My parents constantly guide me in the process.

You have done Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children,where the set up is vastly different from your previous films. How different did you feel?

I do all my films to enjoy personal,unique experiences. During Midnight’s Children,I had a lot of fun; I won’t be able to tell you much about my character now. But you must know,we spent a lot of time at the beach,and then I had to study,and balance it all. I was in the ninth standard then.

Where do you see yourself five-six years down the line?

I hope to go through unique,personal experiences as an actor and thrive on my fans’ blessings and my well-wishers’ support.