Happy Birthday, Aftab Shivdasani: Celebrating the famous adorable child actor
Who doesn't know Aftab Shivdasani? He has been spreading his cute, toothy smile since his Farex baby food advertisement. He's one of those actors who has been on celluloid throughout his life. From the adorable child artist, the teenage chocolate boy to a serious performer, Shivdasani has given it his all. And today on his birthday, we celebrate this phenomenal actor's career graph.
In 'Chaalbaaz,' 'Mr. India,' we saw his naughty, cute side
Shivdasani, as a child artist, was known as Master Aftab. His cuddly looks made him a director's favorite. That's how he grabbed roles in Mr. India and Chaalbaaz, sharing screen space with someone like Sridevi. In Chaalbaaz, he was her brother and in the Shekhar Kapur-directorial, he was among the kids who gave Sridevi's Seema a tough time when she moved in with them.
Master Aftab: The first choice to play young Amitabh Bachchan
Even as a kid, he was promising. The emotional scenes in these films stand testimony to that. And it was this spark that paved the way for Shivdasani's portrayal of a young Amitabh Bachchan more than once. In Shahenshah, he was applauded for his nuanced acting, which was repeated in Insaniyat. Master Aftab was also the younger version of Aamir Khan in Awwal Number.
He broke his chocolate boy image with 'Kasoor'
After charming all as a child, Shivdasani was back to throw us off our seats as a grown-up actor. He made his debut as lead in Urmila Matondkar-led Mast. In it, he was a student in love with an actress. His boyish aura impressed, but it seems he was tired of this stereotypical image, and wanted to break it. Enter Kasoor, the 2001 thriller.
Shivdasani slowly established himself by doing different kinds of films
Shivdasani was controlled in that Vikram Bhatt-directorial. His portrayal of suave journalist Shekhar was starkly different from all the roles he was known for till then. And it marked the beginning of another journey for Shivdasani, who established himself slowly with films across different genres. We soon will be seeing him in Special OPS 1.5: The Himmat Story, and we're already excited!