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Que Sara Sara

At five, Sara is a true professional



Ready to rollSara

The cherubic Sara is just five years old and making news. She has recently signed a film for Vipul Shah's production house and also part of Tomorrow to be directed by Amjad Khan. While she was seen in the recent release Room No: 404, the forthcoming bilingual Naana starring Vikram revolves around her.

Request her for an interview, and she rattles off extempore, “You may write that she is a baby, acting is her passion. I love to be a superstar and I'm going to be a heroine like Anushka.” Sara was in Hyderabad recently for the audio release of Naana and she was cynosure of all eyes. She refused to come onto the stage stating that she was feeling shy. Her co-star and on-screen appa Vikram laughed it off telling the media not to believe her, and that she's a drama queen and just pretending to be shy.

The child was one and a half years old when she shot for her first commercial. She was spotted at a mall with her parents. Her repertoire includes around 60 ad films and three feature films, the current one is a Tamil-Telugu project that will release in June. Her father Raj Arjun says before Deiva Thirumagan ( Naana) started rolling, he had to send his wife to learn the Tamil dialogues to be then taught to Sara, who got involved playing with the tutor's kid and forgot about the Tamil lessons.

But once she is in front of the camera, she transforms completely, gets her dialogues and expressions right and even asks the director the type of mood that needs to be created. During leisure she asks her father to indulge in role play and takes his advice to improvise her work. Sara's dad has definitely passed on his the genes; he is an actor too and will be seen in is into innumerable films about to release, Ramgopal Varma's Shabri with Esha Koppikar based on the underworld, as an anti-hero in Rock Shock, as he's a terrorist in Tomorrow and a mad man in Khap.

Sara's family is from Bhopal, but her parents have made Mumbai as their base for the past 11 eleven years. Her mother Sanya is a dance teacher and would take classes before Sara she was born. Director Vijay of Naana knew her since she was a baby and shot a few commercials but was later out of touch with the family. When he took auditions for the film, he did not have Sara on mind as he still thought she was too young for the role. When he met her in Mumbai, he declared he found his Nila Mila (Moon… the name of the character) and told her dad that she was born to do his film. Sara The child shot for the film during Diwali and Christmas X'mas holidays and at times when she missed school, she went for the extra classes. He adds, “though Sara was 99 per cent perfect they would never let her off because she was a kid, they would okay the shot only after ensuring she got it 100 per cent right. I'm happy my daughter is growing the right way.”

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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