Mahesh Bhatt casts 10-year-old as lead for new show

Mahesh Bhatt casts 10-year-old as lead for new show

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has zeroed in on a 10-year-old girl named Arsheen Namdaar as the lead for his new TV series “Naamkarann”.

The show, which will be on air next month, explores the journey of a 10-year-old who carves her own identity and takes charge of her own destiny.

“Arsheen is a born actress and she’s a perfect fit for Avni’s character. Just like Alia (Bhatt) stunned everyone including me with her outstanding performance in ‘Udta Punjab’, this girl Arsheen is going to stun everyone,” Bhatt said in a statement.

Talking about the show, the 67-year-old, who is known for his hard-hitting and realistic films, added that since the medium of TV can bring about a change in mindsets, he chose to use the platform to tell a story which was challenging and questioning social norms.

“’Naamkarann’ is my most thought provoking project yet with my strongest female lead as Avni (Arsheen),” Bhatt said.

On bagging “Naamkarann”, Arsheen said: “The entire cast and crew is very sweet and takes care of me. Especially Bhatt Sir is very nice and encourages me a lot. We all are actually waiting for the show to start”.

The show will be aired on Star Plus.


  1. I am not carried away by most Hollywood films, which lacks creativity, story, imagination, etc. and are meant for the masses and not for astute viewers.

    Naseeruddin Shah was very right when he said that Rajesh Khanna was not a great star. His best films were Anand and Aradhana and others were just run-of-the-mill stuff. Since India is an excessively populated country having audiences in millions to watch Bollywood movies and cricket, they have become celebrities making monies.

    This leaves talented stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amol Palekar, Nandita Das and other creative stars with limited scope and options and they are forced to act in foreign films.

    For me, Dilip Kumar is the King of Bollywood and even in his younger days, he was media shy.

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