MUSHKIL NAHIN HAI KUCH BHI, AGAR THHAN LIJYE ——Part 2 !!!
(Specially posted for young children of Crescent Academy, Navyug Vidyaylay and St.Paul School, who met me today afternoon).
The attached pictures are that of child superstar Harsh Mayar.
It was hot summer of 2011. I reported for the shoot of the film based on the life of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar for Pogo TV.I was lucky enough to bag the coveted role .The location was a small hut on a deserted road near Chattarpur.The scene required Vidyasagar to sit on a cot outside the hut and to wait for someone who would take him to a near by village where he was to address a large gathering of villagers. Soon after, a dark complexioned lean boy ,aged about 12 years, dressed in an ordinary pant & shirts (played by Harsh Mayar)reaches the hut. Vidyasagar asks him the way to that particular village. The boy said, he belongs to the same village and informed him about the grand function to be held in his village that evening. He had read about Vidyasagar and was very excited to see him in the function. Vidyasagar didn’t disclose his identity. The village was about half a kilometer from the hut. Vidyasagar & the boy started walking towards the village. All through the walk, as per the script,this young boy talked like a chatter box. Vidyasagar was enjoying his innocence and encouraged him to talk more & more.
By evening, we were through with this scene and pack up was announced. I was simply stunned by Harsh’s effortless performance, his dialogue delivery, his body language, his maturity to cheat the camera like a veteran actor. I met his father also, who accompanied him for the shoot.
He narrated the pathetic financial condition of the family. His father ran a tent contracting business & was living in a non-descript slum of Dakhshinapuri.The family didn’t have a TV and poor Harsh to go neighbor’s house to watch TV, which he was very found of.
In spite of such hardship, by the time, Harsh was 11 year old, he became a versatile singer, an outstanding dancer & of course an actor, par excellence. All by his own efforts!
Harsh told me, he had finished the shoot of film “I am Kalam” and that he met Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam also. No body in his school or neighborhood believed him.
On my way back from the shoot, I took them to their home in my car.
The program was telecast and honestly speaking, I forgot both, program and Harsh.
Suddenly, on a fateful day of May 2012, I opened the pages of “The Times of India” as a matter of routine. What I saw on one of the inner pages was unbelievable. The news paper gave half page coverage on Harsh’s life & a big photograph.
It was because, he won National award for the best child artist in the film “I am Kalam”.
Then, there was no looking back. The film bagged more than a dozen national & international awards. He traveled to various countries to attend such functions and got a couple of international awards too for his performance.
This was followed by a deluge of films for him, including one from Hollywood.
I am awaiting an opportunity to work with him again, may be this time he will be the lead actor, very much to my delight.