Parents, teachers, friends help me remain grounded: Darsheel

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 13:49 PM IST

Mumbai: Child star Darsheel Safary, who shot to fame as the protagonist in Aamir Khan`s `Taare Zameen Par`, says his parents, teachers and friends have helped him remain grounded post the success of the film.

"Even though I love having my pictures taken and signing autographs, my parents and family keep me grounded. My school and friends never hype my presence. In fact, my friends play more tricks on me," the 14-year-old told PTI.

The ninth standard student said, since he has shot all his three films `Taare Zameen Par`, `Bum Bum Bole` and the upcoming `Zokkomon` during vacations, his studies have not been affected.

"But, I do keep in touch with friends to get an update on studies in school in case I miss some classes. Besides, my teacher is on the sets to help me with studies in between shots," he said.

Darsheel, whose plays the title role in `Zokkomon` releasing this week, said the action adventure film was about an orphan who overcomes extraordinary difficulties to transform into a supehero.

`Zokkomon` is a superhero dude. It is the story of Kunal who is orphaned and abandoned by his cruel uncle and how he overcomes extraordinary difficulties to transform into a superhero," said the youngster, who played a dyslexic child in
`Taare Zaamen Par`.

Left to fend for himself, Kunal discovers the hero within and begins his epic journey of adventure and transformation to become Zokkomon. `Zokkomon` is a thrilling and heart-warming live action adventure of an ordinary boy who finds the
strength to face extraordinary challenges, he added.

Darsheel said it had been his dream to play a superhero.

"When my parents went for the narration for the first time, they liked it and then I went for it again. Director Satyajit Bhatkal and myself became friends from the first day itself. Even if he is angry or upset, he would be always smiling and I would sit on his lap and pull his cheeks," he remembered fondly.

On his interactions with co-star Anupam Kher, Darsheel said, "Anupam uncle told me to be prepared for whatever changes come in my life."

The teenager said he is yet to complete some parts of filming for Deepa Mehta`s on screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie`s `Midnight`s Children`.

Asked about his future plans, Darsheel said he was still very young and had time to think about it.

"I want to continue acting as a hobby and passion," he added.

PTI