The time when these superstars rose to become extraordinary personalities or others who are all set to make their debut as adult artists, we cannot stop ourselves from reminiscing about their debut days. Star kids like Aryan Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan, who are all set to make their debut as adult artists, have a lesser-known fact – they made their debut way before in their childhood, portraying the younger versions of their superstar fathers, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan, respectively. Meanwhile, the current leading Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt, also played the younger version of her sister, Pooja Bhatt, and the late megastar Rishi Kapoor portrayed a younger version of his father.
Spilling the beans on these amazing facts, let us take a closer look at star kids who have appeared in films playing the roles of their dads, sisters, or uncles.
1. Alia Bhatt for sister Pooja Bhatt
It is widely known how Alia Bhatt has risen to become a dynamic actress, currently one of the best in Indian cinema. However, very few are aware that she made her debut at the age of just 5. Alia appeared as a younger version of her sister, Pooja Bhatt, in the 1997 film 'Tamanna' who even carried her own toys to the shoot which she used as props. This film marked Pooja's debut as a producer, and adding another interesting layer to it, Alia's other sister, Shaheen Bhatt, also played the role of Ashutosh Rana's daughter in the movie.
2. Aryan Khan for father Shah Rukh Khan
Aryan Khan, the elder son of Shah Rukh Khan, is set to make his debut not as an actor but as a director. This announcement brings back memories of his early cameo in Shah Rukh Khan's iconic film 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (K3G). The film remains one of the most beloved in King Khan's repertoire, continuing to capture the hearts of Bollywood enthusiasts who watch it without ever getting bored. Aryan Khan's brief appearance as a very young version of his father in K3G, when he was just nearly 3 years old, adds an intriguing and nostalgic touch to his journey into the world of cinema.
3. Ibrahim Ali Khan for father Saif Ali Khan
Ibrahim Ali Khan can be said to have had the best debut as a child, immersed in a backdrop of fire and thrills. At the tender age of 7, he stole the show by portraying a younger version of his father, Saif Ali Khan, in the action-packed masala film 'Tashan.' The film is known for its mega-powerful scenes, embodying the essence of Bollywood's captivating and powerful entertainment.
4. Imran Khan for uncle Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars, has an adorable nephew, Imran Khan, who charmed audiences as a heartthrob in feel-good movies. Despite Bollywood currently missing him during his acting hiatus, Imran made his debut in childhood by portraying a younger version of his uncle. Notably, he played the role of a young Aamir in not just one but two films. His debut was at the tender age of 4 in 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' (1988) and later reprised the role in 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar' (1992) when he was 9 years old.
5. Rishi Kapoor for father Raj Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor's indelible contribution to Indian cinema is unforgettable. Carrying forward the illustrious Kapoor legacy through his exceptional talent and performances, Rishi Ji endeared himself to audiences unanimously. Before attaining the status of a megastar, he made his debut at the age of 18, portraying a younger version of his legendary father, actor Raj Kapoor, in the film 'Mera Naam Joker' (1970).
6. Aamir Khan for his cousin Tariq Ali Khan
One of the most-loved child performances is Aamir Khan's portrayal in 'Yaadon Ki Baarat' in 1973. He played the younger version of his cousin Tariq Ali Khan at the age of 8, impressing numerous Bollywood enthusiasts and emerging as one of the most memorable child artist performances.
As we delve into the enchanting pasts of Bollywood's star kids, it's evident that their journeys began long before they took centre stage as adult artists. From Alia Bhatt's adorable debut as Pooja Bhatt's younger self to Aryan Khan's nostalgic appearance as a little SRK in 'K3G,' these glimpses into their childhood performances add a unique layer to their illustrious careers. As the next generation, including Ibrahim Ali Khan and Aamir Khan's nephew Imran Khan, prepares to leave its mark, these early roles serve as charming anecdotes in the larger narrative of Bollywood's ever-evolving legacy. Each of these stars, from their initial steps to their upcoming ventures, showcases a delightful blend of talent, family ties, and the magic of Indian cinema.