Top 17 Bollywood Child Actors Then & Now with Pictures [updated]

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The word ‘acting’ can be pronounced by anyone but not everyone can do acting. This is the natural gift which is gifted by god. It is said that everyone has quality but very few of them pluck out their quality. What a good proverb that suits these actors ‘Old is gold’.

As we grow old we get to experience and learning from that very experience takes us to climax. In Bollywood, there are so many actors who are taking their journey from childhood to young and old. It shows the big patience to remain at the same place for a long time.

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Sridevi’s Childhood Picture

In India, there are so many such actors who have taken part in the heart of everyone. Actors like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and Hritik Roshan always steal the heart of the common mass. Let us see stars who sparkle in the morning too and the actor who turned a normal child to a big star.

Right from Neetu Kapoor to Aamir Khan we have seen many child actors that have paved their way in the future to become stars of today’s industry.

List of 17 Bollywood kid actors who started their career as a child actor.

  1. Neetu Kapoor
  2. Hritik Roshan
  3. Aamir khan
  4. Aditya Narayan
  5. Imran Khan
  6. Salman Khan
  7. Darsheel Safary
  8. Bobby Deol
  9. Omkar Kapoor
  10. Urmila Matondkar
  11. Kunal Khemu
  12. Padmini Kolhapure
  13. Shashi Kapoor (Rest in Peace)
  14. Sridevi (Rest in Peace)
  15. Sanjay Dutt
  16. Shahid Kapoor
  17. Rishi Kapoor (Rest in Peace)

1. Neetu Kapoor’s now and then picture

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She started acting at the age of 8 as a child artist. With the movie Suraj, She made her first debut in 1966. Married to Rishi Kapoor and blessed with two children Ranveer Kapoor and Ridhima Kapoor. She gave their best performance in many movies like Love Aaj Kal, Jab Tak hai Jaan, Besharam, Do Dooni Chaar, and many more. She gave her the quality of acting to her children also.

2. Hrithik Roshan’s now and then as child artist picture

Bollywood’s very own Greek God was not much into acting like his handsome father Rakesh Roshan. He is from the filmy family which gave him little more weight in the industry, but as a child, He only used to visit sets with his father. He had played a filmy scene in the movie ‘Aasha’ in 1980 where he was dancing along with lead actors.

After this song, he got much credit which turned him into a popular child actor. He acted in films like Aap Ke Deewane and Bhagwan Dada in 1986. He got his success with the critically acclaimed film Kaho Na Pyaar Hein and is still considered as one of the best and stylish actors or generation.

He is on the list of Top 10 Handsome Hunks in the world for the year 2018. He is mainly known for his dancing skills. He portrayed himself in a variety of characters. He is one of the highest-paid in India.

Throughout his life, He won many prizes. His movies always remain in trends. His science fiction movie Koi Mil Gaya became the most-watched movie. Recently He performed very finest in the movie Super30 in which He played the role of protagonist and He had got the role of Anand Kumar.

Anand Kumar is an Indian Mathematics educator who is famous for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in year 2002, where he coaches underprivileged students for IIT-JEE entrance examination.

3. Aamir Khan childhood Unseen Rare Pictures

One of the biggest names in Bollywood we know today is none other than Aamir Khan who had made his debut opposite Juhi Chawla in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988.

Though that was not the first time he was seen on screen, he played a role in his uncle’s film ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat (यादों की बारात)’ in 1973 where he played the role of his cousin Tariq Khan at the little age of eight.

He is called professionalism because of his choice of movies that he chooses. All his movies are a blockbuster success in India and overseas and are a star for more than four long decades.

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He is one of the most sought-after actors which is why he made it to the top of the list of Bollywood kids then and now. Having heard his name, the movie Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots come to our mind.

These two movies totally conquered almost human souls. He is globally known and he is a dedicated actor. He has a unique way of acting. He began his acting career in childhood. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Lagaan in 2001. Aamir debuted as a lead actor in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’.

4. Aditya Narayan as child actor now and then picture

He is a great Bollywood actor along with a playback singer and television host. He is the son of one of the most popular singers Udit Narayan. He is from a full musical background, from his grandparents to parents, all are singers and he performed more than 100 songs. In 2009, he made his debut in Bollywood as a lead actor with the film ‘Shaapit’.

5. Imran Khan’s now and then pictures

He is the nephew of actor Aamir Khan. In 2008, he debuted in romantic comedy Jane Tu Ya Jaane Na. He won the Filmfare Award for the best male debut in the movie. Khan is a social activist and has written columns for the Hindustan Times. Some of his movies are Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, I hate Love stories and Delhi Belly.

6. Salman Khan’s childhood picture

He is an Indian film actor, producer, occasional singer, and television personality. He made his acting debut with the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi. Most of the movie is evergreen like Hum Apke Hain Kaun, Dil De Chuke Sanam, Bajrangi Bhaijan, and Tere Naam. His unique performance always blossoms like a rose flower among people.

7. Darsheel Safary’s now and then pictures

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He made his film debut with the leading role of a student in ‘Taare Zameen Par(2007)’ for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for the best actor. He also performed in the movie Bumm Bumm bole, Zokkomon, and Midnight’s children. He didn’t perform in many movies but for these movies, he still maintained his position.

8. Bobby Deol’s childhood pics

He appeared as a child actor in the film Dharam Veer in 1977 and his debut was Barsaat. His movies are Gupt, Soldier, Badal and Bichhoo, Ajnabee, and Yamla Pagla Deewana. He is the recipient of a Filmfare Award and a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

9. Omkar Kapoor’s now and then pictures

He began his performing career as a child artist and worked in films like Judwaa, Hero No.1, and Judaai. He started his career with Masoom. He is also in the youth’s most-watched movie Pyaar ka Punchnama 2. He acts very well and he did many movies.

10. Urmila Matondkar’s now and then pictures

She is known for her work in Hindi films along with Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Her Hindi film debut was Kalyug. He roled in many movies kike Masoom, Rangeela, Judai.She also stepped in serials like Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya.

Now married to a businessman Mohsin Akhtar, Urmila Matondkar is away from the limelight for a very long time. But before all her success in Bollywood, she had starred as a child actor in Karm way back in 1977, after which she did some Marathi movies.

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It was after her role in Masoom with stars like Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in 1983 that Urmila received praise. Since then she had been doing many numerous movies which made her the reigning star in the late ’90s and 2000s.

11. Kunal Khemu’s now and then pictures

Kunal Khemu is one of the most talented actors seen today in Bollywood. Married to Soha Ali Khan and blessed with a baby girl, Kunal Khemu has starred in many hit movies like Go Goa Gone, 99, Golmaal series, Kalyug, and Dhol. He still has childish looks because of which he had appeared in movies in the past.

His first appearance was in the TV Series ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfam’ which is set against Kashmiri backdrop. Kunal went to do a plethora of films like Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke in 1993, Bhai, and the famous Aamir Khan’s Raja Hindustani, where his acting was lauded. He is considered to be one of the best child actors who became stars.

12. Padmini Kolhapure’s now and then pictures

Though she is away from Bollywood for a long time, Padmini Kolhapure was a very popular actress who had shown her great acting skills in the ’80s. Much before that, she had appeared in several films in the late ’60s as a child actor.

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At the age of three, she had appeared in her first role after which she was seen playing multiple younger roles for actresses like Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman.

13. Shashi Kapoor’s now and then pictures

The veteran actor with his charming looks made all the girls go gaga during his heydays when his career was at its peak. Shashi Kapoor was known for his dialogue deliveries, typical heroic style and had cast as the main hero in almost 100 movies.

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Not many people knew that this superstar had appeared before in his elder brother Raj Kapoor’s younger roles in his films like Aag and Awara. He also appeared as Ashok Kumar’s younger self in Sangram in the year 1950. He was one of the best child actors turned Bollywood actors.

14. Sridevi’s UNSEEN childhood pics

The late Sridevi is one of the youngest child actors who is known for her spunky style of acting and has delivered many hit songs in her successful movie career. She made her acting debut in 1975 and has also done multiple films in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.

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She started out as a child actor at the age of 3 in the film ‘Thunaivan and ‘Nam Naadu both in the year 1969. Many filmmakers noticed the spark in her and then later after a few years she went on to become the reigning queen of Indian cinema in the ’80s and ’90s. She is one of the most famous kid actors.

15. Sanjay Dutt’s now and then pictures

The hulk of the Bollywood Industry was never this huge and masculine back then. He was a cutest of the kids who used to make hearts melt when he was on screen. His first appearance was in his Father Sunil Dutt starrer film ‘Reshma Aur ‘Shera’.

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Though he had a rough road down the line in the late 90’s he had a solid comeback with the Munnabhai franchise and since then he was giving hit after hits. He is considered as one of the best child actors who turned Bollywood stars.

16. Shahid Kapoor’s now and then pictures

The Haider star has become one of the most paid actors and has made a mark in Bollywood as one of the successful actors. Shahid Kapoor was born to actor Pankaj Kapoor which made him obviously choose the film industry.

Though it was a tough road for him, we had seemed him in many ads and commercials in the late ’90s, before he had signed films. Shahid also had appeared in a string of music videos post which he was seen in Subash Ghai’s Taal as a background dancer. Now he has many hit movies to his credit.

17. Rishi Kapoor’s now and then pictures

Rishi Kapoor a very versatile actor is one of the most successful actors of his time and his still acting in films today. He belongs to the filmi Khandaan of the Kapoors, which is why he had a passion for acting since his childhood.

Though his first appearance was in Shree 420 in 1955 in the song “Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua” when he was only 3. He had later played the younger version of his father in the film Mera Naam Joker at the age of 14. After which there was no looking back since then. He is one of the best child actors who became stars.

FAQs on Bollywood Child Actors

Who is the richest child actor in India?

Sara Arjun, Darsheel Kumar and Harshali Malhotra are the richest child actors in india.

Who is the best child actor in India?

 Siddharth Nigam, Anushka Sen and Dev Joshi are the best child actors in India.

How do you become a childhood actor?

 For becoming childhood actors there is need of Parents permission and acting class.

How can I become a child actress in Bollywood?

Go for some auditions, and join acting class, use social media post your videos on youtube, Instagram like platforms. Lip syncing is not acting remember that don’t be like Tik-Tokers.

Bollywood being the big industry it is today has made ordinary stars into superstars. Some try their luck when their age is right and get through whereas some people have acting in their genes in which most of them have some connection to the industry.

There are a number of stars who are working in the Bollywood industry today but were seen in movies long ago in the ’80s and ’90s, mainly back in the days when they were Bollywood Kids.