Many Bollywood actors had started their careers when they were little, but few have achieved success as adults. Most of the child actors have been forgotten by now, but few lucky ones were resilient and talented enough to have their acting careers reach new heights.
Here are the 10 Bollywood stars who started as child actors.
1. Aftab Shivdasani
Aftab Shivdasani’s first roles were commercials when he was only one year old. But after a while, he was cast for such films as “Mr. India” (1987) and “Chaalbaaz” (1989). Aftab made it big with the movie “Mast” (1999). The film was a great success, putting Aftab on the map of Bollywood.
2. Padmini Kolhapure
One of the most beautiful Bollywood actresses, Padmini Kolhapure, started her career as an actress and as a singer when she sang in the choir for “Ishk Ishk Ishk” (1974). As a child, Padmini starred in projects such as “Dream Girl” (1977) and “Gehrayee” (1980). Her first hit as an actress was “Lovers” (1983), which is one of the best romantic movies ever made.
3. Aditya Narayan
This actor made his screen debut in the 90s, where he starred in movies such as “When One Falls in Love” and “Pardes.” In 2010, he made his lead debut in the film “Shaapit.” But Aditya achieved his greatest success as a singer, composing music and soundtracks for movies.
4. Kamal Hasan
Kamal Hasan first appeared in front of the camera at the age of 8 in the Tamil film “Kalathur Kannamma” in 1959. Even back then, he showed glimpses of his talent by winning an award for his acting prowess. As a child, he starred in 6 films, and years later, was recognized as one of the best actors in Indian cinema.
Sridevi started her career with the Tamil film “Thunaivan” when she was only four years old. As a child, this legend starred in many films, including the 1975 hit “Julie.” After that role, she was getting more offers than she could have ever imagined. Thanks to her cute appearance and supreme acting skills, she has established herself as one of the best actresses of all time.
6. Hrithik Roshan
As a child, Hrithik Roshan played in the “Aap Ke Deewane” and “Bhagwan Dada.” Later, in 2000, he made his debut as the lead actor in his father’s movie “Kaho Naa Pyar Hai.” And the rest is history.
7. Jugal Hansraj
Did you know that the now-famous actor and director, Jugal Hansraj, played the little son of Shabana Azmi and Nasiruddin Shah in the cult film “Masoom” (1983)?. He was also the one who directed and produced the kids’ movie “Romeo from the Roadside.”
8. Urmila Matondkar
Like our friend Jugal Hansraj, Urmila Matondkar also made her screen debut in “Masoom,” but later in the 1990s, she was lucky to be cast for several high-profile films, such as “Satya,” “Gaayam” and more.
9. Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt made his film debut in a child role in “Reshma and Shera” (1972) when he was only 13 years young. His adult debut came nine years later, in the movie “Rocky.” Then the floodgates opened, and Sanjay started getting invited to dozens of movies every year. The actor was serving a prison sentence, periodically receiving leave to shoot more movies. Just for the record, he’s currently got 12 projects slated for release in 2021. Such a busy man!
10. Alia Bhatt
The cute little kid from “Sangharsh” (1999) was none other than the Bollywood goddess Alia Bhatt. It took her another thirteen years to make a proper debut in the movie “Student of the Year” (2012). Since that day, she’s shown no signs of stopping and is going to star in not two, not three, but four movies this year!