I was thinking about how weird it was for Utkarsh Sharma to be a movie star, when his onscreen parents Ashmita Patel and Sunny Deol are still big active stars, and then I realized he wasn’t the only one to make this kind of a leap from childhood to adulthood. And then I realized this was an excuse to post a bunch of videos of cute small children, and why wouldn’t I do that?
First, let us all bill and coo over baby Utkarsh Sharma, proving my one universal theory of children: Small Children Always Cuter With Things on Their Heads. (my personal preference is little hats with animal ears sewn on, but a baby turban is cute too)
And now let us admire grown up Utkarsh! Still with that sort of flattened nose to give personality to his face.
But before Utkarsh, there was Kunal Khemu. Who was in quite a few films as a small child. Raja Hindustani is his most famous.
Hum Hain Rahe Pyaar Ke was his first role. And YES! He is wearing a thing on his head!
And then Dushman was his last appearance as a child, but a suitably adorable one, complete with an oversized uniform which is almost as cute as a thing on his head.
Before Kunal burst forth, in a blaze of surprising hotness just 7 years later! Isn’t it strange how little boys grow up and turn into men?
And then there’s Aftab Shivdasani! Sridevi’s little friend in Mr. India and with an even more important role in Chaalbaaz.
Before bursting forth as an adult star in Mast at 21
And then there’s one I am very proud of noticing, little Padmini Kolhapure in Satyam Shivam Sundaram, I watched her and thought “this little girl has crazy charisma”. No thing on her head, but the instrument that is bigger than her is pretty cute too.
Sure enough, just three years later she was Rishi’s heroine in a classic song.
Of course there’s Jugal Hansraj, breaking our hearts in Masoom.
And then breaking our hearts in a new way in Mohabbattein.
There’s loads more actors who started as children and became something big (Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Imraan Khan, Shashi Kapoor). But out of those I have listed, who do you think navigated the child to adult transition best?
I’m going with Kunal Khemu. This is a very attractive man.