13-year-old thief debuts in Soha’s film

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 06, 2014 06:47 hrs

13-year-old Shankar Mandal was caught stealing food on the sets of Soha’s upcoming film Chaarfutiya Chhokare.

Moved by his background, director Manish Harishankar offered him a lead role in the film.

The little boy apparently belongs to a family that earns its livelihood by collecting honey from trees and buildings in and around Film City .

Chaarfutiya Chhokare revolves around child criminals who are exploited by local slumlords. And so, Manish felt the boy was a perfect fit for a role in the film.

Although the crew was excited about the new character in the film, convincing the boy’s father was a tough task for them as he thought they were setting up the boy for an arrest.

However, all issues seem to have be smoothened out and Shankar got to attended a two-month workshop with three other boys before his shot in front of the camera. Now, an aspiring actor, Shankar hopes to be like Shah Rukh Khan someday.

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