Darsheel Safary has finished shooting for Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, and, for now, will not sign any movies.
The child-actor confesses he may not choose acting as his career when he grows up. Call him a ‘child’ and he says, “Arre, that was when I did Taare Zameen Par. I was born in 1996, so you can calculate how old I am now.”
The 16 year-old is struggling with his Class 10 exams, and will take a long break from films now. Even the dance reality show that Darsheel has taken on was signed on the condition that he would rehearse for it only during breaks from his school, studies, tuition and sleep. The rehearsal hall has been shifted close to his residence, too.
Says Darsheel, “They also broke the rule and let me have Avneet Kaur as my dancing partner rather than a choreographer. I am very nervous about appearing on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa because the judges are superstars. I am a newcomer and the youngest contestant on the show. But you know what? I want to win and will do my best.”
He adds, “Acting and dancing can happen later. At the moment, I want to concentrate on my studies. I took on the show only because of my passion for dancing. I even carry my books to the rehearsal hall and study during dance breaks. My mother is very particular about my studies. Even when I was shooting in Sri Lanka for Midnight’s Children, she made sure my studies didn’t suffer.”
At the moment, Darsheel is not sure whether he wants to pursue a career in acting when he grows up. “Dancing is also a passion. So I may decide to become a choreographer. Or I may choose something else altogether. Just because I’ve been appreciated as an actor doesn’t mean I will get the same love from fans when I grow up,” says Darsheel.