Actor and film-maker Amol Palekar expressed his unhappiness about the increase in the number of child artistes, who are more like carbon copies of big stars in movies and music.
He believes that those with original talent should be promoted instead. The Chhoti Si Baat (1975) star was one of the panelists at a children’s film festival in Hyderabad.
"Why are we asking children to be perfect copies of stars like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan? Why are we encouraging them? Why not encourage original singers or actors who have their own identity?” asks Palekar.
“Talent hunts are disturbing. No one knows where are the winners of reality shows now. It’s just momentary glory,” he added.
The actor also believes that paying money to child actors is a way to show respect to their work and the hours put in by them, but the variation in amounts is unfair.
“Is so-and-so a bigger star or is he paid higher than the other child actor? If you start differentiating like that, it’s exploitation and unfair,” he says.
Palekar also says that it is incorrect for parents to live their own dreams through their children. “Parents try to fulfil their dreams which they couldn’t do themselves. It is unfair. It’s not the child’s duty. When I’ve to work with children, I don’t like the parents to be around. I want to see the child what he’s good at because ultimately I’ve to deal with the kid,” said Palekar, who has made films like Dumkata (2007) and Kairee (2000) which feature children.