There has hardly ever been a debutant in Bollywood who has made as much of an impact as Darsheel Safary. Although the memories of walking out of the theatre
There has hardly ever been a debutant in Bollywood who has made as much of an impact as Darsheel Safary. Although the memories of walking out of the theatre watching a brilliant Safary in Taare Zameen Par is as fresh as yesterday, it has actually been a decade. Safary is now 20-years-old and if that makes you feel old, his eventful life over the past 10 years will leave you feeling like an underachiever as well.
1. 2007 – Safary gets discovered by Bollywood
Before scriptwriter and creative director Amol Gupte spotted him, Safary was just learning how to shake a leg with Shiamak Davar’s dancing school. It was only a matter of time before he made one of the biggest debuts in the history of Bollywood, starring with the legendary Aamir Khan in his directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par.
2. 2008 – He bags the biggest awards in Bollywood
It didn’t take much to predict that he was going to win all the awards at the Bollywood award ceremonies the year following the release of Taare. And, that’s exactly what happened. His spectacular performance was appreciated with the Filmfare Critics Award For The Best Actor as well as the Zee Cine Award – Critic’s Best Actor.
3. 2009 – Darsheel gets his teeth fixed
The buck-teeth that set him apart but also attracted trolls were soon to face a push back, when Safary was fitted with braces in 2009. Even though some advised him to keep his original smile, the young star decided to do away with it for good.
4. 2010 – Bumm Bumm Bhole
5. 2011 - He got his first girlfriend
Barely a teenager, Safary got his first girlfriend four years since his record-breaking debut in Bollywood. He had mentioned in interviews that his girlfriend was ‘’wonderful’’ but refrained from speaking anything more on her to the media before he turned 18. He’s well past 18 today but the media forgot to ask him about her and we guess Darsheel forgot about her as well.
6. 2012 – Jhalak Dikhla Ja 5
What could have been a better platform than Jhalak Dikhla Ja to showcase all those years of training at Shiamak Davar’s school? His finest performance in the show was with partner Avneet Kaur on a lyrical hip-hop act to Pehla Nasha. Recreating the schoolboy’s crush on the cute girl in the class, Safary and his partner floored the judges who simply showered them with scores in return.
7. 2013 – Hosting the 18th International Children’s Film Festival, India
2013 saw Safary, who was already the ambassador for children’s films in India by then, hosting one of the biggest children’s film festival in the world. Together with Saloni Dain of Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo fame, Safay took to the stage to host the two-and-a-half-hour show – an early practice to host the big Bollywood award shows for the years to come.
8. 2014 – The boy took to the ramp
We had seen Safary on the big screen, small screen, on the dance floor and hosting award ceremonies. 2014 was the time to see him set the ramp on fire as he walked the walk wearing young designer Nishka Lulla at the India Kids Fashion Week.
9. 2015 – He finished school
There was a reason why Darsheel Safary did only three films in all these years – he simply didn’t want to mess up his education. All that effort of resisting the tempting glamour of Bollywood paid off when Safary cleared his 12th standard with flying colours – 80% to be precise.
10. 2016 – Darsheel joins the theatre
After a long hiatus, Safary made his way back to acting but this time he chose to try his hands at the purest form of the craft – theatre. He made his theatre debut in October, 2016 with a play named Can I Help You? Directed by Abhishek Pattanaik, the play was staged at NCPA Mumbai, and the young actor exhibited a repertoire of his evolved prowess, nailing it yet again.