Har­shaali wants to be a star like Sallu

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page -

She has au­di­ences go­ing gaga over her cheru­bic coun­te­nance and en­dear­ing per­for­mance in the re­cently-re­leased Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, and seven-year-old child ac­tor Har­shaali Mal­ho­tra now aims to be a big star like her co-ac­tor, Sal­man Khan.

Har­shaali played Munni, a mute girl from Pak­istan, in the Kabir Khan-di­rected film. “I like act­ing and singing. I want to be a su­per­star like Sal­man un­cle,” she says en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Her mother Ka­jal Mal­ho­tra had met cast­ing di­rec­tor Mukesh Chabra in the past. One day, he called her say­ing that the child has bagged the role in the Sal­man Khanstar­rer. “I wasn’t aware that Sal­man was part of the film. Ini­tially, we couldn’t be­lieve it. It was tough for us to ac­cept it,” says Ka­jal.

The child ac­tor said that Sal­man used to play doll games and ta­ble ten­nis with her on the film’s set. “I used to play games with Sal­man un­cle on his cell phone. I used to sit on Kabir un­cle’s lap and play Barbie games. Ka­reena (Kapoor Khan, ac­tor) aunty was busy with shoot­ing, so I did not get the time to play games with her,” she says.

The girl’s mother says that Har­shaali’s fu­ture is in act­ing. “Right now, she is ded­i­cated to act­ing. I keep in­tro­duc­ing gaps in be­tween. Some­time back she was un­well, so we put a halt... she is too young. Af­ter she goes to class five, we’ll take a break of six-seven years un­til she’s in class 12. If she wants to pur­sue act­ing, we will let her do it,” she says.

Ap­par­ently, Har­shaali used to cry upon see­ing Sal­man fight­ing or get­ting emo­tional in the film: “I used to cry when he (Sal­man) did ac­tion scenes. Even when Sal­man un­cle shot emo­tional scenes, I used to feel bad. Even I cried when un­cle cried.”

Ka­jal says that Har­shaali ini­tially felt shy talk­ing to Sal­man. “She was shy at first. Then, they both were left alone for some­time and got along well. Sal­man loves her a lot. We are happy that she got this big op­por­tu­nity of work­ing with Sal­man.”

The child ac­tor has ear­lier been seen on pop­u­lar TV show Laut Aao Tr­isha, apart from ap­pear­ing in var­i­ous TV com­mer­cials.

I used to play games with Sal­man un­cle on his phone. I like act­ing and singing, and want to be a su­per­star like him

Har­shaali Mal­ho­tra, ac­tor

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