Darsheel Safary at Lagaan 10 Year Celebration.
9 March 1996 |
Darsheel Safary is an Indian child actor. He played the lead role in the National award winning movie 'Taare Zameen Par'. He depicted the story of Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi (a dyslexic child) in this movie. Ishaan felt that his letters often danced while reading. He could not write things properly, for example: 'sunlight' as 'sumligt'. He is also a student at Greenlawns High School.Darsheel Safary's father, Mitesh Safary, was cast as a child artist in 1990 epic serial Chanakya where he played the adolescent Chanakya.
In 2007, Safary made his acting debut in Taare Zameen Par, playing the film's protagonist Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi. Safary was discovered by script writer and creative director, Amol Gupte during late 2006 when he was looking for a male lead for his film, Taare Zameen Par.. After going through hundreds of auditions, Gupte found Safary at Shiamak Davar’s dancing school, "Summer Funk". In choosing Safary, Gupte had a number of boys audition for a scene in which they would informally describe how they would "bunk" school after being given a few scenarios. He recalls, "It was a tough call. But Darsheel has the mischief in his eyes to be Ishaan. Everyone just naturally gravitated towards him."
Safary's performance as a struggling dyslexic child in the film was praised by film critics and he won several awards for his performance. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM who wrote, "Taare Zameen Par belongs to Master Darsheel Safary. A performance that makes the best of performances pale in comparison. A performance that deserves brownie points. A performance that'll always come first on your mind the moment someone mentions Taare Zameen Par. A performance that's impeccable, flawless and astounding. A performance that moves you and makes you reflect on your growing years. A performance that merits a special award!" Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote, "Darsheel Safary steals your heart as Ishaan Awasthi. Darsheel is a revelation as an actor, he's spontaneous and lovable and carries this film completely on his shoulders". Other reviewers called Safary the "real star of the film"  and his performance as "brilliant".
In a 2007 interview, Safary stated that his future career plans may include singing, dancing, becoming a businessman or jewellery designer.
Star Screen Awards
- 2008: Star Screen Award for Best Child Artist -Taare Zameen Par
- 2008: Star Screen Award Special Jury Award – Taare Zameen Par
Zee Cine Awards
- 2008: Zee Cine Award - Critics' Choice Best Actor – Taare Zameen Par
- 2008: Zee Cine Awards – Most Promising Debut (Child Artiste) – Taare Zameen Par
||Himself as a Contestant|
|2007||Taare Zameen Par||Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor Best Child Artiste Star Screen Award for Best Child Artist
|2010||Bumm Bumm Bole||Pinu (Pinakin)|
|2011||Zokkomon||Kunal / Zokkomon|
|2012||Midnight's Children||Saleem Sinai|
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