Rohan Chand

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Rohan Chand
Born2004 (age 14–15)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present

Rohan Chand (born 2004) is an American child actor. He has appeared in films such as Jack and Jill, Lone Survivor, and Bad Words. He also appeared in the "Crossfire" episode of Homeland. He made a cameo appearance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017. He starred as Mowgli in the Warner Bros film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle released on Netflix in 2018.

Life and career[edit]

Chand was born in New York City, to parents of Indian descent.[1] When he was six years old, he was spotted by a casting director while playing baseball; the casting director was the mother of another child playing baseball, and encouraged Chand to audition for a role in Adam Sandler's film Jack and Jill.[2] Chand ultimately won the role of Sandler's on-screen adopted son, and the film was released in 2011.[2] His next role was in a 2011 episode of Homeland titled "Crossfire", in which he played Issa Nazir, the young son of the series' central terrorist who forms a close relationship with an American soldier, played by Damian Lewis.[3] In the 2013 film Lone Survivor, Chand played the son of an Afghan who provides assistance to an American Navy SEAL (played by Mark Wahlberg), and spoke in Hindi and Urdu for the part.[3][4]

In 2013, Chand appeared in a main role in the comedy film Bad Words, playing Chaitanya Chopra, a spelling bee entrant who befriends the film's main character (played by Jason Bateman) after auditioning when he was eight years old.[3] He was ten years old by the time of the film's release and his performance was widely praised by critics,[2] with a writer for Variety magazine predicting that Chand would receive "many more big screen opportunities following this endearingly wide-eyed turn".[1] His next project was the 2014 film The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Helen Mirren, in which he played the young version of the film's main character (played by Manish Dayal).[2]

In April 2014 it was announced that Chand would star alongside Lea Michele in DreamWorks Animation's Bollywood-style musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey.[5] In addition, Chand was cast in Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, in the leading role of Mowgli. The film was released in November 2018.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Jack and Jill Gary Sadelstein
2013 Lone Survivor Gulab's Young Son
Bad Words Chaitanya Chopra
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Young Hassan Haji
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Boy at Bazaar
2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Mowgli

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Homeland Issa Nazir Season 1, Episode 9: "Crossfire"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kannan, Indira (September 13, 2013). "Boy Wonder". India Today. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Spelling, Ian (March 25, 2014). "At ripe old age of 10, actor Rohan Chand already a pro". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Woods, Nicole (February 28, 2014). "Where You've Seen Rohan Chand Before". Focus Features. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Indian-origin US actor Rohan Chand in 'Lone Survivor'". Mid Day. January 28, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 3, 2014). "Lea Michele, Rohan Chand to Lead Voice Cast of DreamWorks Animation's Bollywood Musical (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Ford, Rebecca (6 April 2016). "Warner Bros. Pushes 'Jungle Book' to 2018, 'Wonder Woman' Gets New Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 April 2016.

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