Darsheel Safary was born on 9th March 1996 in a Jain family. Darsheel is an Indian film actor working in Hindi Bollywood films. He is best known for his highly critically acclaimed portrayal of a dyslexic child in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par.
In 2007, Safary made his acting debut in Taare Zameen Par, playing the film's protagonist Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi. Safary was discovered by script writer and creative director, Amol Gupte during late 2006 when he was looking for a male lead for his film, Taare Zameen Par. After going through hundreds of auditions, Gupte found Safary at Shiamak Davar’s dancing school, "Summer Funk". In choosing Safary, Gupte had a number of boys audition for a scene in which they would informally describe how they would "bunk" school after being given a few scenarios. He recalls, “It was a tough call. But Darsheel has the mischief in his eyes to be Ishaan. Everyone just naturally gravitated towards him."
Safary's performance as a struggling dyslexic child in the film was unanimously praised and he won several awards for his performance. Many prominent film critics have praised Safary for his performance including, Taran Adarsh from indiaFM who wrote, "Taare Zameen Par belongs to Master Darsheel Safary. A performance that makes the best of performances pale in comparison. A performance that deserves brownie points. A performance that'll always come first on your mind the moment someone mentions Taare Zameen Par. A performance that's impeccable, flawless and astounding. A performance that moves you and makes you reflect on your growing years. A performance that merits a special award!"
2008: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance - Taare Zameen Par
2008: Filmfare Best Actor Award - Taare Zameen Par
Star Screen Awards
2008: Star Screen Award for Best Child Artist -Taare Zameen Par
2008: Star Screen Award Special Jury Award - Taare Zameen Par
Zee Cine Awards
2008: Zee Cine Award - Critics' Choice Best Actor - Taare Zameen Par
2008: Zee Cine Awards' Most Promising Debut (Child Artiste) - Taare Zameen Par
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