The first teaser of the film Ferrai Ki Sawaari was released with Don 2, but till date the wonder boy is a nameless entity. His name is not in the credit list even. Moreover no media interactions or photo sessions are accepted till the movie’s release on April 27.
“I want to protect him from the world. I don’t want an innocent mind to be corrupted by the sudden attention and end up selling everything from soap to cereals. Kids should be treated like kids and not young adults,” says Vinod, himself a concerned parent.
The film revolves around an eight year old boy who dreams of playing at Lords someday. Vinod confessed that he had seen 1000 boys before zeroing down the little champ. “I went as far as the cricket academy in Dehradun and Roger Binny’s academy in Bangalore but somehow none of them matched up,” the writer-producer reminisces.
He also tells that his little hero was spotted at a McDonald’s outlet in Mumbai by one of the assistants of debutant director Rajesh Mapuskar. “The child, who is nine, was with his mother and when Raju’s assistant approached her with the offer of a film role, she tagged him as a pest and asked him to stay away,” Vinod recalls with a laugh.
Luckily enough, the assistant because of his presence of mind told the lady that the movie was of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions and gave her the number just in case she changed her mind. He also informed Smita, Rajesh’s seceratry about this encounter and asked to expect a call from the mother.
Later in the evening when the lady told about this incident to her husband the couple saw this all as rubbish. But later pondering upon they decided to call on the number and if it was real. Smita them told them that auditions were on for the role and they could come down for the same to the office.
They did, on the day when 20 other children were in a workshop. He didn’t join the group the first day but eventually enrolled for the workshop and soon was in the driving seat of a snazzy Ferrari. “He’s super!” says an excited Vinod, careful not to mention his actor’s name, “but he doesn’t know it, not having seen a single frame of the film yet.”