Child Actors Who Become Successful Actors

Bollywood gives a platform to many children artists to show their acting skills. While some fade away after a couple of movies, others stay back for a longer period of time. Among them, some good on to become established actors/actresses. 

Let us take a look at the young talents who have managed to make a place of their own in the competitive world of Bollywood.  

Urmila Matondkar 

Who could ever imagine that the cute, bubbly girl of ‘Masoom’ would grow up to be one of the hottest heroines of Bollywood? The transformation from ‘Masoom’ to ‘Rangeela’ was astonishing. Urmila has given us some excellent movies like ‘Kaun’, ‘Pyar Tune Kya Kiya’ and ‘Satya’, to name a few. 

Jugal Hansraj  

The cute boy from Masoom grew up to be an even cuter hero with time. He has done a handful of movies like ‘Aa Gale Lag Ja’, ‘Papa Kehte Hai’ and Bollywood Blockbuster ‘Mohabbatein’ apart from doing minor roles in films like ‘Salam Naamaste’ aand ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’. Jugal may not have won hearts through his acting skills, but definitely succeeded in doing so with his chocolate boy looks. 

Aftab Shivdasani  

From playing a child artist in movies like ‘Mr. India’ and ‘Chalbaaz’ to entering the 100 crore club with ‘Grand Masti’, Aftab has definitely come a long way. His acting was also appreciated in movies like ‘Masti’ and ‘Kasoor’. 

Alia Bhatt  

Remember the super cute girl from the movie ‘Sanghaarsh’ who played younger Preity Zinta in the movie? She is none other than our very own Alia Bhatt. The younger Bhatt girl is a powerhouse of acting skills and not just another pretty face which she has proved with her performances in films like ‘Highway’ and ‘Udta Punjab’. Mahesh Bhatt will definitely be a proud dad with both his daughters turning out to be brilliant actresses. 

 Kunal Khemu 

Now this is an actor whose acting skills won more acclamation as a child actor than a grown up hero. Kunal Khemu has given some of his brilliant performances as a child Actor in movies like ‘Zakhm’, ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ki’ before acting as a hero in films like ‘Kalyug’, and ‘Go Goa Gone’. 

Amir Khan 

Well, although this man needs no introduction, Amir Khan was first seen as a child artist in the movie , ‘Yadon ki Baraat’ before turning to be one of the most established superstar of our country . No one had the slightest knowledge that the little boy who started his acting career at the age of 8, would go ahead and give us so many blockbusters.

No wonder, that with his upcoming movie, ‘Dangal’, Perfectionist is to stay in the industry for some more years to come. 

Imran Khan  

Imran Khan made his debut in movies, as a child actor when he portrayed the younger Amir Khan in the movie, ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander’. Later , he played the lead role in the movie, ‘Jane Tu ya Jane Na’ opposite Genelia D’souza.

Despite being the nephew of Amir Khan and having quite a few movies in his kitty, Imran Khan hasn’t yet been able to impress us with his acting skills. 

Hrithik Roshan  

Not many know that Hrithik Roshan didn’t make his debut in the Hindi film industry with his movie ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’. Rather, he did so as a child artist in films like ‘Aap ke Deewane’ and ‘Bhagwan Dada’.

The shy little boy has grown up to be one of the best looking actors in the film industry and given us some great movies like ‘Lakshya’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Krishh’ to name a few . 

Sanjay Dutt  

Did you know that our very own Sanju Baba started his filmy career as a child artist in the movie, ‘Reshma aur Shera’ in 1972? Over the years he has given us plenty of good movies for more than two decades.

Some of his best movies include ‘Saajan’, ‘Khalnayak’, ‘Vaastav’, ‘Sadak’ and ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S.’ 


Cited as the first female superstar in the Hindi film industry Sridevi started her acting career as a child artist in many South Indian movies. She also played the role of the younger sister in the movie ‘Julie’.

Later, she has done innumerable movies. Some of her best ones are ‘Sadma’, ‘Chalbaaz’, ‘Mr. India’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘ Lamhe’. The actress had been on a sabbatical for a long time after her marriage before making a remarkable comeback with ‘English Vinglish’. 

Author: Ariana Santos

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