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Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

From Urmila Matondkar to Harshaali Malhotra, this is how kids have ruled the Hindi film industry.

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Left-Right: Sana Saeed, Darsheel Safary and Harshaali Malhotra&nbsp;(Photo: The image has been altered by <i>The Quint</i>)

They maybe small, but they pack quite a punch.

We kid you not, Child actors in Bollywood mean serious business. And why won’t they? They are a bunch of immensely talented actors who make a film happen as much as the leading actors do.

The Quint brings you a list of little stars, who left a strong imprint not just on reel life, but real life too.

Harshaali Malhotra

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan? Nah! Not entirely. The charming Harshaali Malhotra shares equal credit for the success of the film. The six-year-old Munni/Shahida stole the show not just from Sallu Bhai, but also from Kareena Kapoor. And no one is complaining.

This may sound a little creepy, but as older actors are often paired with women half their age on screen, who knows, 15 years down the line, Little Miss Malhotra can co-star with Bhaijaan!

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Partho Gupte

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

Acting bahut simple hai. Especially, for filmmaker Amol Gupte’s son, Partho Gupte. Gupte Jr gave a phenomenal performance in the 2011 release Stanley Ka Dabba that won him the best actor award at the Schlingel International Film Festival, Germany.

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Harsh Mayar

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

The Delhi boy won the National Film Award for the Best Child Artist for I Am Kalam. Mayar was also seen in Jalpari (2012). He also worked in Chaarfutiya Chhokare (2014).

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Darsheel Safary

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

This little star came and shined bright in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par. The success of the film made Darsheel Safary a star and he was soon seen in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5, a dance reality show and Bumm Bumm Bole (2010). Reports say that he is looking to move to television.

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Hansika Motwani

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

Hansika Motwani found her way in to Rakesh Roshan’s Koi... Mil Gaya (2007) and in popular television shows like Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. But Young Motwani soon lost her way and charm. Even the grown Motwani failed to woo the audience in Aap Kaa Suroor, and decided to head south to try her luck.

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Sana Saeed

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

Sana Saeed’s Bollywood journey can best be described from being the little Anjalee in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) to hot Tanya from Student Of The Year. Even reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Nach Baliye couldn’t give her the fame that KKHH did in 2007.

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Parzan Dastur

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

He was the adorable Dhara kid, who loved his jalebees, and also the boy-who-seldom-spoke in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It has been a long sweet journey for Parzan Dastur and it doesn’t end there. Dastur was also seen in the highly acclaimed 2009 film Sikandar.

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Jugal Hansraj

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

Jugal Hansraj would always been known as the sweet innocent boy in Masoom (1983). Even Mohabbatein could not wash away the Masoom tag from his name. 

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Urmila Matondkar

Child’s Play? Here Are 9 Kids Who Have Ruled Bollywood Screens

The Marathi Mulgi made her screen debut in Kalyug (1980) and then was seen in Masoom. Urmila soon made a place for herself in Bollywood by appearing in hits like Rangeela, Judaai, and Satya.

So guys, chhota bacha jan ke, na koi aankh dikha na rey!

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