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Sara Arjun (Hindi: सारा अर्जुन) is an Indian child actress who has appeared in films and commercials. Born in Mumbai, India, Sara had appeared in a series of commercials and a short Hindi film before the age of six. In 2010, she was signed on to portray a lead role in A. L. Vijay's Tamil drama film Deiva Thirumagal, portraying the role of a six-year-old daughter whose father was a mentally challenged adult with the maturity of a six-year-old boy. The film opened to critical and commercial acclaim, with Sara's performance receiving unanimous praise from film critics.
Sara was one and a half years old when she shot for her first commercial after she was spotted at a mall with her parents and subsequently Sara has appeared in sixty ad films for brands including McDonalds. She made her feature film debut with the Hindi film 404 which saw her play a minor role as the daughter of the character played by Tisca Chopra. Sara did a commercial for director Vijay when she was two but he then lost touch with Sara's family, before he met them and cast Sara in his drama film, Deiva Thirumagal, following a visit to Mumbai. Her parents helped Sara learn the Tamil dialogues for the film by asking their Tamil friend, Maheswari, to assist them. The film's crew later remarked that Sara had also learnt Vikram's dialogues in the film and tried to help him during the shoot. Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success with Sara's performance of Nila becoming unanimously praised by film critics. The critic from Behindwoods.com claimed that it was Sara "who steals the show next only to Vikram in her angelic looks and performance" and added that "there is a serene look about her which warrants accolades". Similarly another critic cites that "Sara as Nila almost steals the show as Vikram's daughter", whilst the reviewers from CNN-IBN mentioned that Sara is "charm personified and she handles her role in an amazing manner". Her father claimed that Sara was unfazed by the publicity and once in her hotel room, she returned to her daily routine of "asking for her eraser, sharpener and colour pencils". During the period, she also completed a part in Tomorrow directed by Amjad Khan, in which her father also starred, but the film did not get a theatrical release.
Sara then worked on Kannan Iyer's supernatural Hindi film Ek Thi Daayan (2013) produced by Ekta Kapoor and portrayed the role of Misha, the little sister of the the film's lead character. During production, the director noted that actors Pavan Malhotra and Konkana Sen Sharma would have their "jaws drop when they would see the Sara perform", adding it was "amazing how much talent there is among today’s youngsters". The film opened to positive reviews but did not perform well commercially, with Sara's performance being described as "irresistibly cute" by the reviewer from Rediff. She then featured in a lead role in R. Sundarrajan's Chithirayil Nilachoru, though the film opened with little publicity and garnered negative reviews. Sara will next be seen in Vijay's Saivam, a family drama, in which she plays a lead character. She will also feature in Vizhithiru portraying the daughter of the character played by Venkat Prabhu.
Sara's father Raj Arjun is also an actor and has appeared in several Hindi language films including Kaalo, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rowdy Rathore and Vijay's Thaandavam. He has also played a major role in A.L.Vijay's Thaandavam. Her mother Sanya is a dance teacher and both her parents were originally from Bhopal, but her parents made Mumbai as their base since 2000.
|Deiva Thirumagal||Nila Krishna||Tamil||Vijay TV Award - Best Child Actress (Special Jury Award) |
|2013||Ek Thi Daayan||Misha||Hindi|
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