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Darsheel Safary

Darsheel Safary on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International (2007).
Born March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09) (age 13)
Occupation Film actor
Years active 2007-present

Darsheel Safary (born 9 March 1996) is an Indian film actor working in Hindi Bollywood films. He is best known for his highly critically acclaimed portrayal of a dyslexic child in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par.[1] It has also been announced he will co star with Anupam Kher in Zokkomon which is to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal.


Taare Zameen Par

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."[2]

Safary's performance as a struggling dyslexic child in the film was unanimously praised[1][3] and he won several awards for his performance. Many prominent film critics have praised Safary for his performance including, 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!"[4]

The DVD of Taare Zameen Par was launched on 25 July 2008 at Green Lawns High School, Safary's school. Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Sachet Engineer (the actors who portrayed Ishaan's family), and the rest of the cast and crew of the film were present. In his speech, Khan stated: "Darsheel is a very happy child, full of life and vibrant. I am sure it's because of the way his parents and teachers have treated him. I must say Darsheel's principal Mrs. Bajaj has been extremely supportive and encouraging. The true test of any school is how happy the kids are and by the looks of it, the children here seem really happy."[5]

An international edition three-disk DVD titled Like Stars on Earth is slated for release on 13 October 2009.[6] The Walt Disney Company has bought the home video rights for distribution in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. This is "the first time an international studio has bought the video rights of an Indian film."[7]



Filmfare Awards



Star Screen Awards


Zee Cine Awards



  1. ^ a b Shahryar, Faridoon (27 December 2007). ""Darsheel deserves National Award for Best Actor"". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-01-17.  
  2. ^ Vij, Gauri (3 February 2008). "A leap of faith". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-04-11.  
  3. ^ Kelkar, Reshma (12 January 2008). "Darsheel Safary is best newcomer of the year!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-01-13.  
  4. ^ Adarsh Taran (21 December 2007). "Taare Zameen Par review". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-01-13.  
  5. ^ Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil (25 July 2008). "Taare Zameen Par DVD launch in a complete Masti Ki Paathshala". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  6. ^ "Like Stars on Earth 3-Disc DVD (2007)". Amazon. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  7. ^ Dubey, Bharati (21 July 2008). "Disney buys N American rights for TZP". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  8. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (23 February 2008). "Winners of 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  9. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (6 February 2008). "Nominees - 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  10. ^ a b Bollywood Hungama News Network (27 April 2008). "Winners of the Zee Cine Awards 2008". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  

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