Shoot­ing star

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: face­­yar by Re­wati Rau

“I gave 150 in­ter­views the day I re­ceived the national award,” gushes Harsh. The child star of the movie I am

Kalam pro­duced by Smile Foun­da­tion, Ma­yar’s jour­ney from his non­de­script house at Dak­shin Puri to the national award in Septem­ber, 2011 has been quite re­mark­able.

EARLY BEGIN­INGS Notic­ing his tal­ent at a very young age, his fam­ily sent him for three years of sum­mer work­shops at the Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Ken­dra from 2005 to 2008 which ini­ti­ated him into act­ing and pre­pared him for a se­ries of au­di­tions for danc­ing, singing and act­ing. “I was re­jected for the movie Chillar Party and fi­nally se­lected amongst 3,000 peo­ple for I am Kalam,” says this VIII class stu­dent of Yogi Arvind Sar­vo­daya Vi­day­ala at Ambed­kar Na­gar. His fa­ther Ashok Ku­mar Ma­yar, a small-time tent house dealer wishes he could teach him more things.

MEM­O­RA­BILIA He has many mem­o­ries to share—45 days of shoot­ing at Bikaner, Ra­jasthan; a trip to Amsterdam for the Cine Kid film fes­ti­val. But the high­light of his ca­reer so far has been his meet­ing with his idol Amitabh Bachchan at his Mum­bai house. “I felt like I was in heaven,” says Harsh with a shy but proud smile.

HARSH MA­YAR, 13, Ac­tor

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