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'Taare Zameen Par' star Darsheel Safary doesn't want to restrict himself to only films

Darsheel Safary features in a play called 'Kaise Karenge?' with actor Abhishek Pattnaik Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 03.35 PM (IST)

He burst into the scene as a child artist in Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zameen Par' in 2007. Nearly a decade later, Darsheel Safary now 22 years old continues to be recognised for his portrayal as the dyslexic, gifted Ishaan in the film. 

"People call me because I have acted in 'Taare...' they ask me what are your plans. I do go for auditions. I am being choosy, I don't want to do random stuff, want to do something that appeals to me." 

Having worked in films like 'Bumm Bumm Bole', Disney's 'Zokkomon' and Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children' post the success of 'Taare Zameen Par', Safary will now be seen in a play called 'Kaise Karenge?' which premiered in Mumbai over the weekend. 

A story of two brothers, played by Safary and actor Abhishek Pattnaik, it has the latter playing a man with multiple personality disorder. 

Safary calls it an 'urban Hindi play' which has been presented by India's youngest professional theatre company, 'Out Of The Box' where the average age of the cast and crew was 23. Didn't they miss not having an experienced person on board, we asked. "The great part is all of us are in this together, learning stuff together gaining that valuable experience together. There is no generation gap as we all think alike which allows us to match our frequencies easily," said the young actor. 

Safary has dabbled in theatre before. 'Can I Help You' was his first play in which he played the role of a suicidal, aggressive fast bowler. His second 'Two Adorable Losers' addressed the question about 'If a person speaks fluent English, why is he considered knowledgeable?' through student-teacher relationship. His latest 'Kaise Karenge?' is his third play. 

Since he has been part of movies, TV shows as well as theatre- which is his favourite medium? "The fun is in acting. Honestly speaking both theatre and film's are special in their own ways. So I approach it by the basis of the story. Because that's what I think people take from it..the story. So if the story is good I'm up for both. I'll not be focusing on only one of these but I'll be doing both film's and theatre in the future," says the actor. 

Citing an example of his play, 'Two Adorable Losers', which has had 90 plus shows, Darsheel said theatre is all about good content. 

"Today the generation says that theatre is a dying form, I strongly disagree. It all depends on the content you get more people to watch it if the story is good." 

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Having worked in films like 'Bumm Bumm Bole', Disney's 'Zokkomon' and Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children' post the success of 'Taare Zameen Par', Safary will now be seen in a play called 'Kaise Karenge?' which premiered in Mumbai over the weekend.