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STAR TREK Darsheel Safary
Darsheel Safary: Rising Star

24th Apr 2011

1. Darsheel Safary was born on March 9, 1996. Safary's parents are Mitesh and Sheetal Safary. His father Mitesh is a jeweller.

2. Safary is a student of Green Lawns High School in Mumbai.

3. In 2007, he made his acting debut in Taare Zameen Par, playing the film's protagonist. Safary was discovered by script writer and creative director Amol Gupte in 2006 when he was looking for a male lead for the film.

4. After going through hundreds of auditions, Gupte found Safary at Shiamak Davar's dancing school. Aamir Khan directed and acted in the film. Safary's performance as a struggling dyslexic child was unanimously praised and won him several awards.

5. His other film projects include, director Priyadarshan's Bum Bum Bhole about insurgency in Assam and Dedh, a comedy starring Sanjay Dutt.

6. Safary will next be seen in his dream role of a superhero in Disney's Zokkomon, which released this week. The film also stars Anupam Kher and Manjari Phadnis. Recently, Phadnis said in an interview that Safary was her favourite actor and she treated him like a kid brother both during and after the shoot.

7. Safary has been cast as the young protagonist in Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. While American-Indian actor Satya Bhabha will play the older Saleem, Safary will be essaying the role of the same character in a different time zone.

8. Safary is a brand ambassador for several children's brands and has made public appearances to launch kid-centric products.

9. He is the youngest actor to win the Filmfare Critics' Award for Best Performance, Star Screen Award for Best Child Artist and Star Screen Special Jury Award.

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