Little Wonders

Posted on February 3, 2008. Filed under: Videos |

If there was a time machine, I am sure many of us would just love to go back to the childhood. Sadly, in today’s highly competitive world children have lost their childhood. Right for the Montessori to the schools and colleges a child has to compete to match his steps with the world. And then there are few who are more talented than the other children whom we call Little Wonders. These Little Wonders do make big in life but at the cost of their childhood.

For instance, Darsheel Safary of Tare Zameen Par rejected the ‘Best Child Actor’ award saying he was the hero of the film and he should be nominated in the ‘Best Actor category’. Absolutely no doubt, Darsheel’s performance in Taare Zameen Par was par excellence and hats off to you Darsheel for such a brilliant performance. But, But, But……. Darsheel is just eight year old child. He is star now and has graduated from a child to the Best Actor in such a tender age. New found success and stardom has outshone his childhood.

Darsheel is not the only one in this race. From past we have seen Tabassum, Sachin, Urmila Matondkar , Aftab Shivdasani, Kunal Khemu, Jugal Hansraj, Hansika Motwani and many others. Everyone went through the same phase what Darsheel is going through now. Leave films alone, with media spreading its wings more children are engulfed in this world of instant stardom. Don’t agree with me? Watch Chotte Ustad on Star plus and Lil Wonders on Zee. Grueling practice sessions, rehearsals, shows and more shows. After the show if the child has performed badly then he has had it from the judges even may be from his family members. The child is showered with praises and what not if the performance is good. He is taken into the dreamland. Life is not a dreamland and when the child opens his eyes to reality it’s too late. He has gone through lot by then. In both the situation it’s the child who suffers. Only the child knows what he is going through. Spare the child please.

The greed for stardom has subdued children’s innocence and their love for small things either by the child himself or by his family or by the mighty media. Whom do we blame? While there are many who cherish their childhood, these ‘Little Wonders’ may remain void of their childhood.

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