Kiran Shah, better known as Little Kiran, has been signed to portray the role of a five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan. And the interesting part is Kiran is 53 years old but is only three feet tall.
He is the same actor who has been part of Hollywood films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which he played Ginarrbrik, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi in which he played Ewok and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
In the film, Amitabh Bachchan looks far older than he ought to at five because he plays a character who ages at an alarming rate as he suffers from progeria. Director Balki decided to get Little Kiran all the way from London to do justice to Amitabh’s character.
Balki said, “Kiran is an experienced actor with a great sensibility. He is someone who takes to prosthetics very well. I needed a face who could easily pass off as Mr Bachchan. Kiran played the five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan very well. International make-up artistes Kristen Timble and Domnique have done wonders with the help of prosthetics.”
“Though Kiran is three feet tall, he’s not a dwarf. He walks like a normal child,” added Balki.
While Kiran has acted in several renowned films in Hollywood since 70s, Paa is his first Bollywood film.
Says Kiran, “It was a great experience shooting in India for the Hindi film, Paa. It was my first Indian film. I loved the people there and I was very well taken care of. The director was very clear about what he wanted from me.”
“By birth I am an Indian (Jain) born in Kenya. I have watched Amitabh Bachchan’s film, Sholay. It was nice to portray his role in Paa,” he said.