A successful movie has a set recipe. Somewhere in this recipe comes the important role of a child artist. Child artists have played very important roles at times. There have been movies where the child artists provide comical relief to the viewers with their cute antics
But the scope of child artists is not just restricted to comic roles. Many child artists have played gut wrenching roles, which has managed to move our heart. It isn't a coincidence that there is a separate category in the National Awards to recognize the contribution of a child artists in entertainment industry.
A career as child artists has also been seen a stepping stone for many new actors. Not all the actors have been successful in making it to the big league. Actors like Puneet Rajkumar and Vijay Raghavendra have worked as a child artists. Being from a family involved in the entertainment industry, they took up acting at a young age naturally.
There are some of the child artists who have come from a complete obscurity and grabbed the limelight with their brilliant performance. Kannada film industry has had the privilege of having the younger director too! Master Kishan Shrikanth became a director at the age of 10 for the movie Care Of Footpath. The movie went on to win the National Award.
In spite of all the spotlight, often we see that the performance by these child artists are highly underrated and sometimes goes without appreciation. This is not just the case in Kannada film industry alone. Many of these child artists from other film industries in India fail to get the due recognitions as they try to establish themselves when they become adults.
Child artists in Hollywood have faced the problems with drug abuse and alcohol abuse, post success. Many child artists in Hollywood destroy their life unable to cope up with the celebrity lifestyle. Thankfully we have never seen such distasteful incident happening in the Kannada film industry.
On the occasion of Children's Day, lets have a look at some of the famous child artists who won our heart in the Kannada film industry.
Son of late thespian Dr Rajkumar, Puneet Rajkumar began to show his acting skills at a very tender age. He won the national award for best child artist for the movie Bettada Hoovu. He has portrayed his abilities to become a good actor since his childhood. Today he is one of the biggest superstars in the Kannada film industry.
Nephew of the late thespian Dr Rajkumar, he also got into acting at a very young age. The young Vijay Raghavendra manged to garner much accolades for his acting. He too, won the national award for best child artist in 1994 for the movie Kotreshi Kanasu. He has managed to deliver few hits as a lead actor.
Although she caught the limelight after the blockbuster hit movie Cheluvina Chittara, the actress has earlier entered the film industry as a child artist. Her most famous role as a child artist was that of Sudeep's younger sister in the super hit movie Chandu. Today she is counted among the top actress in the industry.
Before he became the Action King, Arjun Sarja used to be a child artist. His movie Simahada Mari Sainya became a classic movie for kids. After making such amazing movie, the actor went on to make many more super hit movies in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. The actor has made a name for himself in the action genre in the film industry.
Master Kishan Srikanth
Master Kishan Srikanth created a landmark in the film industry and a Guinness World Record by directing a moving at the tender age of ten. His movie Care Of Footpath became very famous and won the National Award for best children film. The actor has a bright future and plans to be a full fledged lead actor soon.
Democracy! Yes, that was his name in the Rakshit Shetty's trend setting movie Ulidavaru Kandante. The movie was praised for a lot of thing. Among them was this small boy's natural acting. In the role of a boy named Democracy, he stole the show from other lead actors. We may get to see more of Democracy in the coming days.
He was a famous child artist who acted in several movies, especially with Shankar Nag. He has also acted in Malgudi Days.The child artist was praised for his natural acting. Although he acted in many hit movies, he could never make is big in the film industry as lead actor.
This child artist won the national award for the movie Kraurya. Directed by Girish Kasaravalli, the movie was a tale of the relationship between a grandmother and a grandson. Master Vishwas made a big impact in the movie and his beautiful portrayal won the hearts of the audience. We wonder where is this talented actor now.