News|March 31, 2011 8:53 pm

Darsheel Safary in Deepa’s Midnight…!

Darsheel Safary must be the youngest protagonist in Deepa Mehta’s next. The child artist will play the role of Saleen Sinai in Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, whereas American-Indian actor Satya Bhabha will be playing the older Saleem.

Darsheel will be essaying the role of the same character but in a different time zone. A source says,

“Darsheel’s role as the young Saleem Sinai stretches though a lengthy period adolescence in the narrative. It’s quite a lot of footage. Deepa Mehta got Darsheel and Satya together for a session of familiarisation. They just hung around together. Satya got a hang of Darsheel’s personality.”

Apparently Darsheel turned out to be a far more natural actor than Satya. While Satya had to work on his character, Darsheel simply slipped into it. The source added,

“Darsheel proved a formidable co-star not for the younger cast but also for the heavyweights including Shabana Azmi and Seema Biswas.

The unit threw a grand 15th birthday party for him on March 9 in Colombo where Midnight’s Children was being shot.”

When contacted Darsheel’s father, Mitesh was more concerned about his studies rather than his acting career, he said,

“We’re really not allowed to talk about it. But Darsheel has missed out a lot on his school because he was shooting out of the country. Now that he is back I’m being very strict with his studies.

He is not allowed to miss school, although he is promoting his new film Zokkomon. After school he has to go for tuition without fail.”

“He is in Class 9. He has to keep up with the rest of the class. If he falls behind because of his shootings, he may not be able to make good grades.

What guarantee is there that his future as an actor is ensured just because he is successful in that field now?”