At his age, most people would be dreaming of touching the stars. And though his dream of being a school champion has not been realised just yet, Adil Badshah, the young television star in the country, is enacting just that role in his new serial, Ghost Bana Dost, on Star One.
As the name of the serial suggests, Adil plays Daboo, a rich orphan living in the care of his evil uncle, aunt and their two children. He finds a friend in Ni Ke, a ghost, who helps Daboo become a superstar. Daboo is the only person who can see Ni Ke and they have a blast together.
“I have acted in 371 advertisements already. I was also a part of the film, Wah! Life Ho to Aisi. So I had no problems as such shooting for Ghost Bana Dost,” says Adil in a matter-of-fact way. “Everyone was very cooperative and it was a lot of fun.”
Adil has performed a lot of stunts for the serial. Ask him how he managed to do them and he says, “It’s magic, you know. When I went on the sets, I felt I had the magical power to fly.” “I was never scolded by anyone. Milind Soman, especially, was very calm.
He would never get frustrated or angry even if I made a mistake. He would tell me how to do the work in a better way,” says Adil sounding like a true professional. He lets down his practiced professional façade only when faced with a question regarding his studies.
“That’s only for Saturdays and Sundays,” he says, showing his disinterest. “When I grow up, I want to be more like Hrithik Roshan. You see, he can fly very well. He can also dance. So I really like him,” he says.
So what would he want to be — an actor or a dancer? “Both. Actually, once you grow up and become an actor, then the directors come to you to ask what you want to do. So, I first want to become an actor.” So do we, Mr Badshaah!