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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Dhara's jalebi boy grows up!
Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 25, 2009
First Published: 19:21 IST(25/8/2009)
Last Updated: 20:27 IST(25/8/2009)

Parzan Dastur, the little Sardarji, who counted stars in Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai eleven years ago, admits he cracks up whenever he sees the film or even the Dhara advertisement wherein he ran away from home looking for jalebis. Now a 17-year-old college student, Dastur says, “I laugh because it brings back happy memories. I still remember those 20 days in Ooty with Shah Rukh and Kajol — both are great actors and human beings.”

The actor, who plays a 14-year-old school boy in the recently released Sikandar, says now that he is done with school, he is looking for a career. But like any other teenager, he is also confused about what to do. “I want to work with big banners and do more films. I also compose music, play the piano and am pursuing business management, so I may make a career out of any of these.”

A college fresher, Dastur says nobody recognised him during the first few days. “No one knew I was an actor. Later, some
people realised who I am, but that didn’t change things. If I carry my ‘actor status’ to college, it won’t have a good impact. Right now, I don’t get any female attention,” he says.

Parzan, who had a great time shooting in Kashmir for Sikandar, has a word of advise for all filmmakers. “Why go to Switzerland when you have Kashmir? I had my doubts when we were going there, but realised how hospitable the people are.” He also trained hard for his role. “I had to undergo training for stunts, football, shooting and action sequences. It was an enriching experience,” he says.


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