Check out the telly child artistes who are all grown-up now

Read on to know about the budding adult artistes who began their showbiz journey as child artistes many years ago...

MUMBAI: With new shows replacing the previous ones over a certain period of time, people in general totally forget that the entertainment industry has covered a pretty long way by entertaining generations after generations.

With yesteryear's classic shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, etc. to today's TRP chart ruling shows like Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Anupamaa, etc. the industry has never refrained itself from achieving one milestone after another and breaking their own records of creating surplus entertainment in terms of the currently-running show's engagement quotient.

While focussing on the establishment journeys of the prominent telly actors and actresses who are known for playing the roles of the protagonists in every show they've featured on so far, we forget to take a note of the budding and talented junior artistes who once debuted on the small-screen as child artistes. It's very important to recognise these showbiz champions, on whom the future of this industry rests upon.

What's more fascinating about these budding stars is the fact that they have underwent a hell lot of transformation over the years since their first television appearance, which has clearly stunned everybody in the industry as well as the audience post-their reappearance before the screen in new shows after ages. 

For the shocking part, these millennial actors are taking over the positions of the lead characters. Hence, their journey is commendable indeed and they too deserve the limelight for outshining the existing stars.

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Scroll down to know who these stars are:

1. Siddharth Nigam

Before entering the telly world, a young Siddharth started off as a gymnast and was selected for national-level gymnastics, where he won a gold medal.

Moving on, Nigam debuted on the small-screen through a Bournvita advertisement in 2011. Witnessing the same, the makers of Dhoom 3 approached him for the audition of the double-role of young Sahir/ Samar and he succeeded in bagging the role and nailing his character(s). After that, he debuted in the television industry with Life Ok's mythological drama Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani by playing the role of 'Young Rudra'. Then onwards, there was no stopping him from featuring in the poignant lead roles of eminent shows like  Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, Peshwa Bajirao and Chandra Nandini.

From 2018 to present, he is essaying the role of 'Aladdin' in Sony SAB's Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga, as an adult man.

2. Ashnoor Kaur

Indian telly actress Ashnoor Kaur first featured on the small screen as baby Prachi in Zee TV's Jhansi Ki Rani, at the age of 5. In 2010, she played 'Panna' in Star Plus' Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, post-which she bagged small roles in many other shows as well. Her most prominent small-screen appearance was of young 'Naira' in Star Plus' Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

Amid her growth, she did few more roles here and there. However, a grown-up Ashnoor became a head-turner for the audience once her MV 'Kya Karu' by Millind Gaba and Parampara Thakur went super popular and viral. The hot and cute diva was last seen on TV as 'Mini Babita Khurana' in Sony TV's show Patiala Babes. 

3. Jennifer Winget

As a child artiste, Winget first debuted in the Bollywood movies Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya and Kuch Naa Kaho as a 12 and 14 y/o respectively. 

As an adult, her big break came through the TV show Karthika, wherein she played the role of a struggling singer who dreams of making it big in life. She went on to star in other prominent shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay (as 'Sneha'), Dill Mill Gayye (as 'Riddhima Gupta') and many others. She has also proved her on-screen versatility by doing negative roles in Beyhadh. She was last seen in Colors TV's Bepannaah, opposite Harshad Chopda.

4. Rajat Tokas

who doesn't remember a young Rajat who debuted in the TV industry for portraying the role of young 'Prithviraj Chauhan' on the small-screen. Both the show and Rajat garnered massive attention. Rajat portrayed both the young and adult version on-screen of the Rajput leader. Hence, he was a teenager by the time this show went off-air. Post-this, Rajat featured in many other historical dramas by playing the lead therein.

He was completely grown-up by the time he portrayed the roles of 'Akbar' in Jodha Akbar and 'Emperor Chandragupta Maurya' in Chandra Nandini. He was last seen on-screen in Color's supernatural show Naagin 3 as 'Vikrant'.

5. Aditi Bhatia

Bhatia started-off as a child actor post-featuring in various advertisements and Bollywood films like Vivah, Shootout at Lokhandwala, The Train, Chance Pe Dance and Sargoshiyan.

In 2015, Bhatia came back as a late-teen artiste in Zee TV's Tashan-e-Ishq and portrayed the role of 'Bubbly Taneja'. From 2016 to 2019, she portrayed her break-through role of an adult 'Ruhi Bhalla' in Star Plus' Ye Hai Mohabbatein. She was last seen on-screen in Colors TV's Khatra Khatra Khatra in 2019.

6. Shweta Basu Prasad

At a very tender age, Shweta debuted in Bollywood first with the 2002 horror movie Makdee, for which she won the National Award for 'Best Child Actress' for portraying a double-role. After that, she debuted on television with series like Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Karishma Kaa Karishma. She again starred in a Bollywood movie Iqbal in 2005 and won the 'Best Supporting Actress Award' at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival for the same.

After taking a long-break for her studies, she debuted in the South and Bengali entertainment industries as a late-teen, after which she again debuted on the Hindi small-screen as an adult, to portray the role of princess 'Nandini' in Star Plus' Chandra Nandini. After starring in Bollywood movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Shweta was last seen on-screen in the Bollywood film The Tashkent Files and her role of journalist 'Ragini Phule' was highly commended by the audience.

7. Avika Gor

Avika started-off as a child artiste by playing the lead role of a young 'Anandi' in her Hindi Television debut show - Balika Vadhu in 2008.

While growing up, she made her Tollywood debut with movies like Uyyala Jampala in 2013. Avika won the 'SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu)' at 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for her role in the fore-mentioned film. She is very active in the South industries and made few cameos in Hindi shows like Sasural Simar Ka.

8. Gautam Ahuja

TV actor Gautam Ahuja rose to fame as a young teen-star after playing the role of Karan Patel and Divyanka Tripathi's on-screen son 'Aditya Bhalla' in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. 

Later, a grown-up Gautam is currently seen in Dil Hi Toh Hai. The actor has now lost a lot of weight and is also seen sporting glasses. 

9. Reem Shaikh

Shaikh started her career as a child actor of 6 y/o with Neer Bhare Tere Naina Devi.

Years later in 2018, she guest-starred as 'Sanaya Seth' on Colors TV's popular show Tu Aashiqui. That year itself, she bagged her break-through role as an adult artiste by portraying the lead role of 'Kalyani Malhar Rane' in Zee TV's show Tujhse Hai Raabta.

10. Anushka Sen

Anushka Sen worked as a child actress in Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev by portraying the role of a young 'Parvati'.

Now the actress has grown-up into a glamorous girl and her Instagram account is full of stylish pictures. Anushka has also been a part of many shows like Yahan Main Ghar Ghat Kheli, Amrit Manthan, Haar Jeet and was last seen on-screen last year in Apna Bhi Time Aayega as the show's female-lead.

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