In the galore of the Bollywood glitterati, there are also the shining innocent souls of child artists. These young achievers hold their place in the industry by being genuine and thorough learners. Today BollyCurry brings to you one such little master, Harsh Mayar, our Child Star in the Spotlight, who has struck gold with his ability to enchant his viewers.
Bornon 22nd March, 1998, Mayar was not overly passionate about acting to begin with, but he did enjoy the stage. Coming from a humble background, Mayar was
It was those 180 auditions which brought the ticket of fame for him in the end. After the broken hand healed, Mayar got the call for an audition for I Am Kalam (2011), whose makers were impressed by his previous tapes. Though he did not show much interest, Mayar's parents convinced him to give it a shot. And you can either call it luck or his parents' blessings, but Mayar was selected for the film. I Am Kalam dealt with a poor Rajasthani boy, named Chhotu. Born in the slums, he was inspired by the life of the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and wanted to make prove the saying "destiny overpowers hard work" wrong. Chhotu's struggle is shown with well-crafted situations and Mayar played a convincing role of a poor boy trying to live a big dream.
Mayar's portrayal won him many praises, including the prestigious 58th National Film Award for the Best Child Artist. The movie itself won many international and national accolades and was also screened at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
Harsh Mayar has since done some noteworthy works, including Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012), Chaarfutiya Chhokare (2014) and an English film named Desires of the Heart (2013). The young actor has a remarkable screen presence and wants to explore more meaty stories than joining the commercial money making business. Now, at the age of seventeen, Mayar is juggling his theatre career with his studies and believes in hard work, like his films teach.