I want to be like Salman Khan, says Veera actor


Child artist Bhavesh Jagdish Balchandani, who is known for the lead role in TV soap Veera, says sharing screen space with Emraan Hashmi in Ek Thi Daayan was a learning experience for him.

The 12-year-old Mumbai based boy, who is making his debut with filmmaker Kannan Iyer's horror film, plays a pivotal character of Emraan and Huma Qureshi's adopted son, Zubin.

"It was fun and at the same time a learning experience working with Emraan uncle. He used to treat me like his own son on the sets. He used to say that I am like his own son, Ayaan. In the film, I play his adopted son and we shot together for four months," Bhavesh told PTI.

Bhavesh says getting the role was not a cakewalk for him because he was selected from among 500 children, who had come for the auditions.

"I had to go through many screen tests. Then there was a workshop with Vishal Bharadwaj, Kanan Iyer and Ekta Kapoor, before I got finally selected.

"Shooting first happened in Delhi and Mumbai. Few days ago, I shot with Emraan and Huma for two-three days as some re-shoots were to be done," Bhavesh, who was in Amritsar to promote his soap Veera at the golden temple along the rest of the crew members, said.

In the serial, Bhavesh plays the character of a protective brother and takes care of his younger sister's every needs. The story revolves around the life-changing sacrifices the siblings make for each other.

"I memorize dialogues as I learn my question and answers in my school. I love the serial and my classmates keep asking me about the upcoming episodes. But, I don't divulge any details and ask them to watch the show," said the child actor, who is currently in 7th standard.

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