Published On: Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

Bollywood Actors – Childhood Pics and Trivia (Sure to make you go Awww!)


No kidding! These Bollywood actresses and actors truly looked cute when they were children. Some of them look too geeky that one can’t imagine that they would turn into ravenous beauties and handsome men. Some of them even in their adulthood have features that are an extension of how they would look, when they were  kids (for instance, Deepika Padukone). Let us now turn back time and enter into the flashback mode and get a dekko at how Bollywood celebrities looked in their childhood.

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  • Aamir Khan – Aamir Khan appeared as a child actor in Yaadon ki Baarat (1973), when he was just 8 years old.

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  • Aditya Narayan –  The son of popular Bollywood singer Udit Narayan,  he sang quite a few popular songs as a child in movies like Rangeela (1995) and Akele Hum Akele Tum. He also had a prominent role as a child artist in the Salman Khan starrer – Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998). He debuted as a Bollywood lead actor in the horror movie ‘Shaapit’ and has sung songs for the 2014 movie ‘Ram Leela’.

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  • Aftab Shivdasani –  He was the ‘Farex’ baby of the early 90s. In other words, this actor started modeling and was a brand ambassador of a leading food brand, when he was in his diapers ! He debuted in Bollywood when he was 9 years old, in  Mr. India.  Later, he debuted as an adult actor in the movie Mast (1999).

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  • Aishwarya Rai –  One of the world’s most beautiful women, Aishwarya Rai looked really cute as a child and resembled her mother, a lot.  She went on to win Miss World pageant in 1994, and since then, there was no turning back.

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  • Ajay Devgan – He seemed to be a Singham ever since he was a kid.  The son of the action director Veeru Devgan, he debuted in Bollywood with the smash action hit ‘Phool aur Kaante’ (1991)

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  •  Akshay Kumar –  You cannot miss out the ‘twinkle’ in Akshay Kumar’s eye, can you? Born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia,  he grew up to be Bollywood’s ultimate Khiladi.

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  •  Alia Bhatt -The talented Alia Bhatt  debuted as a child artist in a movie called Sangharsh (1999) which starred Akshay Kumar in the lead role. She was just 6 years old at that time.
Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

  •  Amitabh Bachchan –  Bollywood’s biggest movie star Amitabh Bachchan has grown better with age, in terms of looks as well as performance.  His father Harivansh Rai was an eminent poet and writer.

anushka sharma then and now

  •  Anushka Sharma –  Born in Ayodhya to an army officer father and a homemaker mom, Anushka Sharma spent her growing years in Bangalore.

ayesha takia childhood picture

  • Ayesha Takia –  The beautiful Ayesha Takia faced camera for the first time at the age of 8 with Shahid Kapoor in the now memorable ‘Complan Ad’. She went on to feature in pop videos of Phalguni Pathak before debuting in Bollywood with ‘Tarzaan’ at the age of 18.

bipasha basu childhood photo

  •  Bipasha Basu –  Bipasha Basu was known to be quite a naughty kid. She was born to a Bengali family in Delhi.  The family then moved to Kolkata, when she turned 8.deepika padukone childhood pictures
  • Deepika Padukone – Deepika Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in Bangalore. She was a badminton player at the national level. Then modeling  became her calling as this daughter of eminent badminton player, Prakash Padukone, went on to become a leading model. She debuted in a Kannada movie ‘Aishwarya’ (2006) and then made a splash in Bollywood with Om Shanti Om (2007).

diya mirza childhood pictures

  • Dia Mirza – Born as Dia Handrich to Frank Handrich (Germanybased graphic designer) and mother Deepa,   she took on the surname ‘Mirza’ when her mother married Ahmed Mirza.  The beautiful model-turned actress debuted in Bollywood with ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’ at the age of 20.

hansika motwani childhood photo

  • Hansika Motwani –The cute Hansika Motwani who was a child arist in many films including Koi Mil Gaya (2003) debuted in Bollywood as a lead actress with ‘Aap Ka Suroor’ (2007. She is  a prominent actress in South India.

hrithik roshan then and now

  • Hrithik Roshan –  A boy with low self-esteem, Hrithik Roshan to stardom with perseverance and dedication.  He was a child artist in  a movie called ‘Bhagwan Dada’, when he was just 12. In 2000, he stormed Bollywood with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.

Ileana childhood pictures

  • Ileana D’Cruz –  The name ‘Ileana’ actually means ‘Helen of Troy’ in Greek. She was born in Mumbai but spent most of her growing years in Mumbai and Goa.

kangana ranaut childhood photo

  • Kangana Ranaut – Kangana Ranaut was born in a conservative family in a small town Bambia, Himachal Pradesh. The family had nothing to with Bollywood. Her father was infuriated when she said that she wanted to be in the movies. When her family disapproved, she ran away and came to Mumbai. The rest, they say, is history.

kareena kapoor karishma kapoor childhood

  • Kareena Kapoor  and Karishma Kapoor – The age differences between Karishma and Kareena (younger sister) is 6 years, but the two have been close right from childhood.  Karishma Kapoor debuted very early into the movies with Prem Qaidi (1991), when she was just 17.  Kareena Kapor debuted in the movie Refugee (2000), when she was 20 years old.

kartrina kaif childhood picture and now

  • Katrina Kaif – Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong to her  English mother Suzanne Torquotte and Kashmiri father Mohammed Kaif. She has seven other siblings, three elder sisters, one elder brother and three younger sisters.  Her father divorced her mother and moved to the US when she was a child. The family was constantly moving most of the time, and Katrina spent most of her growing years in London.  She was homeschooled as child.

kunal khemu childhood picture

  •  Kunal Khemu – Born in a Kashmiri Pandit family, Kunal Khemu was a successful child artist having acted in serials like Gul Gulshan Gulfam and movies like Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993).  He debuted in Bollywood as a main lead in the movie ‘Kalyug’ (2005).

madhuri dixit childhood photo

  • Madhuri Dixit – Madhuri Dixit was born to a middle class family in Mumbai and studied in Divine High School. She trained to be a Kathak dancer and became a professional at it.

parineeti chopra childhood picture

  • Parineeti Chopra – Born in Haryana to a Punjabi family,  her father was a supplier to the Indian army, while mother was a home-maker.  She has a famous cousin in the form of Priyanka Chopra. Parineeti Chopra proved to be a formidable actress ever since she debuted in ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’ (2011) at the age of 23.

Parzan Dastur

  • Parzan Dastur – His performance as a child artist in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai who kept quite most of the time, save to utter the famous words ‘Tussi Na Jao’ earned him a lot of accolades. The child who was just 6 years old at that time, is now 22 years old (2015).

Priyanka Chopra childhood pictures

  • Priyanka Chopra – The multi-talented, gorgeous Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar to parents who served in Indian Army as doctors.  She spent most of her schooling years, traveling and studying in different schools across North India, as her parents have to travel a lot in tune with their professional demands. She spent few years of teenage life in the USA where she faced racism because of her skin color. She says that she was not exactly a good looking girl, had low-self esteem and has white marks on her legs.  Today she says, “my legs sell 12 brands.”

ranbir kapoor childhood pictures

  • Ranbir Kapoor – Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir as a child, was constantly troubled by fights between his parents.  These early experiences pented-up emotions within him, which got an outlet through films.  Known to be one of the most well-behaved people in Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor began to bond with his father, when the latter directed ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’ (1999).

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  • Ranveer Singh – Ranveer Singh has a maternal cousin in Sonam Kapoor.  He was always a hyperactive kid, who loved to perform and entertain people.  Of course, he didn’t find it easy to enter Bollywood. Ranveer Singh went to the US to study theater and creative writing, after which he came to India and joined ad agencies to get into the media world. Simultaneously, he also began sending his portfolio to different production companies,  till he was finally called for auditioning by Shanoo Sharma of YRF. The rest is history.

salman khan childhood pictures

  • Salman Khan – Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan is a one-man industry in Bollywood. He was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh to screenwriter Salim Khan and mother Sushila Charak. He studied in  St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, and later went to Elphinstone College, only to drop out in the second year.

sana saeed childhood picture

  • Sana Saeed – Sana Saeed had an adorable debut as the cute kid of Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998) Then, only ten years old, the actress went on to more roles and then finally debuted as an adult in a supporting role in the movie ‘ Student of the Year’.

sanjay dutt then and now

  • Sanjay Dutt –Bollywood’s original action hero  and controversial star, Sanjay Dutt  debuted as a child in the movie ‘Reshma aur Shera’, when he was just 13 years old.  A lot has happened in his life, right from personal tragedies, fight with drugs and arrest for illegal possession of arms.  But there is no denying that he is a real rockstar of Bollywood.

shah rukh khan childhood pictures

  • Shah Rukh Khan – One of the world’s biggest movie stars, Shah Rukh Khan has an impressive net worth and dizzying popularity across the globe. He was born in New Delhi to a freedom fighter father and a mom, who worked as a senior government engineer. He was interested in theater and began refining his skills under the tutorship of Barry John. Following the death of his parents, he came to Mumbai to look out for work in TV serials. He had decided that he would work for a few TV shows and then go back to Delhi. He has not gone back ever since!

shahid kapoor childhood photo

  • Shahid Kapoor – Shahid Kapoor was born to actors Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem.  After his parents split  when he was just 3, he lived with his mother in Delhi. He later came to Mumbai when he was ten and when he was 15, he joined Shiamak Davar’s Dance Academy. He got work as a background dancer for a few movies, TV ads and pop videos before he debuted in Ishq Vishk ( 2003).

shilpa shetty childhood picture

  • Shilpa Shetty – Shilpa Shetty was born in Chembur, Mumbai to parents who were in the business of making tamper-proof water caps for the medical industry.  When she was studying, she started learning dancing and became proficient in karate, as well. She took up modeling post college, following which she got movie offers.  Her successful debut in ‘Baazigar’ (1993) in spite of a brief role, had all the impact for her to be in the game for a long run.shraddha kapoor childhood pictures
  • Shraddha Kapoor – Born to actor Shakti Kapoor and mother Shivangi, Shraddha has mixed ethnicity – Punjabi from her father’s side and Marathi from her mother’s side. After school, she went to study in Boston University. Her Facebook profile and photos caught the fancy of Ambika Ahuja who cast her for ‘Teen Patti’ (2010).

sidharth malhotra childhood pictures

  • Sidharth Malhotra – Sidharth Malhotra was born in Delhi to a Merchant Navy employee father and homemaker mother. Post college, he went on to modeling but got bored after four years. He decided to get into movies and began to assist Karan Johar for My Name is Khan (2010). The director cast him in Student of the Year (2012).

sonakshi sinha childhood picture

  • Sonakshi Sinha – Sonakshi Sinha was born to movie star and parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. She is the youngest of three children with two twin brothers, Luv and Kush. She studied in Ayra Vidya Mandir before graduating  with a fashion designing degree.

sonam kapoor childhood pictures

  • Sonam Kapoor – The outspoken, beautiful Sonam Kapoor is the eldest of three children born to Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita.  She studied at Arya Vidya Mandir.  During her teens and early 20s, she put on a lot of weight due to unhealthy eating habits, which led to juvenile diabetes and PCOS ( Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

sridevi childhood picture

  • Sridevi –  n actress who has spent almost all her life working in films, she debuted as a child artist in a devotional Tamil movie ‘ Thunavian’, at the age of 4. She was the go-to-girl for child artists in South Indian movies. She also made a debut as a teenager in Bollywood with the movie Julie (1975).

tiger shroff childhood pictures

  • Tiger Shroff – Tiger Shroff, the son of Jackie Shroff and Ayesha, has been a shy kid right from the beginning. He channelized his energies into perfecting himself as a Bollywood movie star working on his dancing and action skills.

urmila matondkar childhood pictures

  • Urmila Matondkar – Urmila Matondkar who was a child artist made an impact in Shekhar Kapoor’s Masoom when she was just 9. She debuted as a lead actress in Bade Ghar ki Beti, followed by her first big hit ‘Chamatkar’. The 90s belonged to her as she gave a whole new meaning to glamor and glitz.

Varun Dhawan childhood pictures

  • Varun Dhawan – Varun Dhawan, the second son of director David Dhawan and wife Karuna, has been a disciplined child with sparks of naughtiness. Not many know that he has a degree in Business Management from Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Vidya Balan childhood pictures

  • Vidya Balan – One of the most educated celebrities in Bollywood, Vidya Balan born in Chembur, Mumbai went to study at St. Anthony Girls High School. She went on to complete her Bachelors in Sociology followed by a Masters Degree from Mumbai University. At the age of 16, she acted in the successful comedy serial ‘Hum Paanch’ for Zee TV.  Initially labelled a jinx actress due to non-starters (movies which never got released), Vidya Balan made a successful debut in Parineeta (2005)

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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