If trade figures are anything to go by, 14-year-old Darsheel Safary is currently the highest paid child star in Bollywood. According to reliable sources, the young actor, who is just three films old, including his upcoming
, draws from anything between Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1 crore for each film assignment he signs. Not just that, he even endorses half-a-dozen products and charges approximately Rs 50 lakh for each.
But all this money talk isn’t something that interests him. “I don’t know about the money. My parents deal with it. I’m too young to handle all that. I just concentrate on my studies and my passion for acting. As for what I’d like to do with the money, I’ll think about it when I’m a little older and wiser. By then, I’ll also have made up my mind about the career I eventually plan to pursue and the kind of investment that goes into it.”
Unlike most children his age, Darsheel surprisingly doesn’t believe in the concept of pocket money. “I don’t need it,” he retorts. “My parents provide me with everything. Whenever I wish to eat in my school canteen, they give me the money I ask for. They’ve never stopped me from doing anything I like.”
The actor, who made his debut with
Taare Zameen Par
(2007), which was also Aamir Khan’s directorial debut, has just passed his class eight examination. And till school doesn’t reopen, he has no plans to think about the subjects he’ll be introduced to in class nine.
“I’ve opted for a specialisation in commerce,” he says. “But right now, vacations are on. I skate and play cricket and football. I’m also busy promoting
, which involves a lot of travelling. I’m planning a screening for my school friends; they’re very kicked about it.”
Even though Darsheel started really young, he seems to have got all his basics right. Like most adult actors in Bollywood, he too is known to seek actor-producer-director Aamir Khan’s blessings before signing a project. “My parents and I speak to Aamir uncle for suggestions all the time,” he says, adding, “I idolise him because he’s so sharp and intelligent. He knows everything like the back of his hand. When I finish my exams, I give him a call and we chat. I think he also adores me as much as I adore him.”