Not acting their age

TV and films are full of adolescents being like adults. They talk sex, have serial relationships, lie & live lives indiscernible from their favourite filmstars. Some who are more grown-up than grown-up:

Shruti Bisht, 10: This child played the lead character in TV serial Hitler Didi, that of an unusually headstrong and hot-tempered child. Among other things, her character called her father by his full name and posed questions such as "What is a sexual relationship" with an unnerving cheekiness.

Jannat Rahmani, 10: This child actress played the lead in the TV show Phulwa, loosely based on the turbulent and violent life of dacoit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi. Then eight, Rahmani played the child Phoolan, married off to a man three times her age.

Avika Gor, 15: She became popular as child bride Anandi in TV serial Balika Vadhu. She is now essaying the role of a 21-year-old married to a 33-year-old on daily soap Sasural Simar Ka. Playing a married woman on screen mean elaborate costumes and make-up and dramatic and emotional scenes relating to everything from household chores to her relationship with her husband and her tussles with her mother-in-law.

Swini Khara, 14: Her character in the 2007 film Cheeni Kum was called Sexy. Swini was nine then, as was Sexy. Among other things, she frequently quizzed her on-screen adult friend - played by Amitabh Bachchan - about his sex life, and once asked him to get her an R-rated film.

Avinash Mukherjee, 15: After becoming popular as the young, naïve Jagya in Balika Vadhu, this teen is now playing a selfish, conceited 24-year-old, on family drama Sanskaar-Dharohar Apno Ki. Among other things, his character keeps his family in the dark about that the fact that he spent a year in jail for gambling and theft.

Hansika Motwani, 21: This former child actress who started her career in popular TV soaps Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chaand made her Bollywood debut at age 15, playing the 20-year-old romantic lead in Aap Ka Suroor, opposite Himesh Reshammiya, then 32.

(Compiled by Saumya Trivedi)


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