Nine-year-old boy becomes director

Actor-director Kishan has taken to what was an adult domain very easily at a young age.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 17:44 IST

On the sets, he is obviously the boss, checking out camera angles, telling off the sound techincians and even coaching his actors on expressions, but it is only when Kishan takes off his director's cap that one realises that he is in fact like any nine-year old boy albeit one who has taken to what was an adult domain very easily.

This child prodigy, who is directing his first film, C/O Footpath, the story of a orphaned boy who wants to go to school, has convinced Bollywood veterans such as Jackie Shroff and Saurabh Shukla as well as national award winning actress Thaara to act in his project.

"He is such a genius that I had to work in his film. He is constantly thinking about his next shot, constantly innovating to make it better. He is only nine years old, but he is sure about what he wants from his actors," actor Jackie Shroff told PTI on the sets of the film.

Taking a break from his hectic schedule at the sets of his film in suburban Mumbai, Kishan said he has no fear of direction and in fact prefers it to acting, having already acted in more than 20 Kannada films so far. "I prefer directing to acting because of the creativity it affords me.

From the beginning, I used to ask my directors about the technical aspects of the film, and hound the camera men to show me their art. I want to continue directing and have already finalised the script for my next film, which will be a Hindi flick," he added.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 17:44 IST