“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