He is all of 22. But he has already worked with iconic Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi in his maiden India-set movie Beyond The Clouds. Now Ishaan Khatter is geared up for the release of his second big canvas entertainer Dhadak. The film hit theatres today
Ishaan Khattar is the son of Neelima Azim and her ex-husband, actor, Rajesh Khattar. He is Shahid Kapoor's half-brother. Quite clearly, Ishaan has grown up seeing the world of showbiz closely!
When it comes to his career, Ishaan Khatter is glad to have the sound guidance of brother Shahid Kapoor. "He is the one man I look up to, he is my influence. So far, my films have chosen me. But hereon, I will show the scripts to him and have a discussion with him before I take a decision. He always wants to have a discussion before I sign a film; he wants to know everything - from who is making it, to who is my co-star."
Ishaan shares a great rapport with Shahid Kapoor's wife, Mira Rajput as well. Seen here with Shahid, Mira and mother Neelima at Shahid's wedding
Ishaan was already a sensation on social media before his debut was announced. The actor has a lot of followers on his Instagram and Twitter account. The actor keeps sharing a lot of photos much to the delight of his fans. He has also been named for India's Emerging Account for growing his fanbase on Instagram significantly throughout 2017
Ishaan, has inherited his acting genes from his mother Neelima Azim and father Rajesh Khattar, both of whom are Bollywood and television actors
Pictured: Ishaan with his mommy deary
In a recent interview with mid-day, when asked how he feels when people look at him as a future star, Ishaan Khatter said, "I will not say that I have become a star before the release of Dhadak but it feels nice when audience appreciate what they are seeing in the promos of the film. When people support us, our hope increases as they will go to watch the film in theatres."
Ishaan Khattar had been doing theatre before he got into films
Ishaan Khatter says he is very fortunate to get offered variety so early in his career. "I am fortunate to be offered variety in such a short span of time. I managed to make my debut with my favourite Majid Majidi, whereas 'Dhadak' is giving me a huge mass exposure. I just hope that I maintain the balance. Critics have been so kind of me to praise my performance in my debut film," Ishaan told IANS in an interview, recently
In Dhadak, produced by Karan Johar, Ishaan plays a Rajasthani boy who is obsessed with films from the 1990s. It's a character very different from his last release Beyond The Clouds, in which he played a drug peddler. Do you know how he changed his acting style for Dhadak?
"I had to mould myself depending on the demand and vision of the director I was working with. Of course, the world of these two films are very different, so we tend to think that the audience would also be different. But I do not want to label films that way. My acting style changes according to the way a character is imagined," Ishaan told mid-day
Ishaan is influenced by many international superstars like late King of Pop Michael Jackson and French dancers Les Twins, apart from Indian classical dance exponent Birju Maharaj
Ishaan has been widely praised for his dance moves in Dhadak's hit number Zingaat. Has Shahid, also a brilliant dancer, been an inspiration? And the answer is 'Yes'
Talking about his dancing skills, Ishaan Khatter said, "I used to copy him a lot as a kid. I think it's something in the genes. Both of us have inherited dance from our mother (Neelima Azeem) and I have idolised him as a dancer since childhood."
Asked about half-brother and celebrated actor Shahid Kapoor's reaction to Dhadak, Ishaan said, "He was in Uttarakhand, shooting for Batti Gul Meter Chalu, and his initial reaction after seeing the trailer was good. When he saw the title track of 'Dhadak', he called me to say he loved the song and the video."
Ishaan was quizzed about working opportunities in the future with more celebrated actors. "I am open to working with everybody - My senior and also fresh actors who are new like me in the industry," he said
Whether he feels any pressure to maintain his family's stature in the film industry, Ishaan said, "I have only got encouragement and lessons from my family, so I don't associate negative things like pressure with them."
"It's a state of your mind. We can take expectations of audience in the form of responsibility or pressure. Our family is in love with this profession and I am really fortunate that I have got an opportunity to prove myself and to do what I love to do... My effort will be to put my heart and soul in my work and I will try to make not only my family, but the entire country happy with my work." That was such an honest answer Ishaan!
Very few know that Ishaan Khatter was one of the kids in the 2005, Shahid Kapoor starrer Waah Life Ho Toh Aisi. Remember Shahid's film with Sanjay Dutt? Well, nevermind! Ishaan also appeared in a much more renowned, and much more recent film of Shahid Kapoor. He had a blink-and-miss role in Udta Punjab. A scene where Tommy Singh’s (Shahid Kapoor) party gets interrupted by Punjab police cops, Ishaan's character is partying hard with his friends, till the time he spots the cops coming in, when he flees! Go back and watch the scene if you have missed it out!
Good luck to you Ishaan! May you succeed in your career with flying colours
Ishaan Khatter, the newest actor to debut in Bollywood from the Karan Johar camp, will be seen opposite Janhvi Kapoor in the film 'Dhadak'. Let's take a look at his life so far