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Grand plans

From amongst 8,000 children of the country, Ritvik Sahore fit the bill. The 13-year recalls being spotted by Rohan Mapuskar, the casting director of 2012 film Ferrari Ki Sawaari, while at a Mumbai mall with his mother and younger brother. Ever since, Ritvik has stayed grateful to his ‘godfather’ Rohan, who gave him his first film.

brunch Updated: Mar 16, 2013 09:25 IST
Usmeet Kaur

From amongst 8,000 children of the country, Ritvik Sahore fit the bill. The 13-year recalls being spotted by Rohan Mapuskar, the casting director of 2012 film Ferrari Ki Sawaari, while at a Mumbai mall with his mother and younger brother. Ever since, Ritvik has stayed grateful to his ‘godfather’ Rohan, who gave him his first film.


The cheerful 13-year-old was in city recently, where he gushed about his Bollywood debut and its after-effects. “He [Rohan Mapuskar] thought I looked like a younger version of Sachin Tendulkar and that I would fit the role. Though my mother was initially hesitant about the offer since I was only 12 then and my final exams were approaching, my father asked me to take the final call,” shares Ritvik.

In the following six months, Ritvik found himself going for different rounds of auditions thrice, competing with almost 8,000 children from India. “Some of the contestants had previous acting experience while others were good at cricket, which was a requirement for the film. I was a novice, yet I was sure that I wanted to be an actor and get to ride in a Ferrari. Since I wasn’t camera shy, I knew I would manage it,” says Ritvik, adding that he feels lucky to have worked with actors such as Sharman Joshi (who plays his father in the film) and Boman Irani (who plays his grandfather) in his first film. “Both of them made me feel easy on the sets and encouraged me even when I committed mistakes,” remembers the young actor fondly.

Consequently, Ritvik received his very first pay cheque worth R50,000, which he duly handed over to his parents. “They’ve saved it for me to spend the amount,” smiles he and adds, “I am amongst the lucky children whose parents gave him the liberty to pursue his dream. Studies remain important for me, but I would like to do films simultaneously.”

With his aim set for the big screen, Ritvik is clear about not wanting to do TV. “I have started with a bigger screen, so why should I aim for the small screen? I also get offers to do commercial advertisements,” he states.

It is comedy and action genres that Ritvik would like to try next, he announces, saying money is not a major criteria but working with experienced actors is.

“Ferrari Ki Sawaari gave me face value and it feels great to be recognised by people when walking on the streets of Mumbai. But, everything has its pros and cons, so it has now become difficult to find real friends,” signs of Ritvik on a sombre note.