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Archive for December 14th, 2007

The other day, in the “O Saathi Re” post, I wrote how I’d noticed that the boy playing Amitabh in Muqaddar ka Sikander also played him in Laawaris. Co-Blogwallah Nandini and I both love the part in Laawaris where Mayur’s character, Heera, works in a restaurant and easily takes orders from the diverse clientele, in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, etc.. He’s just so into that job and serves all with ease, and then starts to dance to the tune on the radio, Mere Angene Mein, Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai,” not knowing it was his OWN MOTHER singing. (She died in child birth and he was given up for adoption) His boss tries to stop him from dancing, but Heera (young Amitabh) says something like, “I can’t! Something about this song just speaks to me,” and continues to jam. Too bad I don’t have that video here for you to see. If I ever find it on youtube, I’ll post it here. My internet research lead me to his website. Read all about Mayur Verma.

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Check some of this out found in the “testimonials” section of his site:

* Debut film was Muqaddar ka Sikander, directed by Prakash Mehra; played the role of the child Amitabh Bachchan. Won various awards for the portrayal of this character and became an overnight sensation. The film went on to be one of the biggest blockbusters in Indian cinema history, celebrating its Diamond Jubilee.

* Achieved greater popularity with Lawaris and Bemisaal, again playing the childhood parts of Amitabh Bachchan and became the highest paid child artist.

Perhaps the most intriguing link on his website is the Mayur as a Travel Host. Just think about that! Flying over and meeting him, and asking stuff like, “Tell me about how Big B. treated you during the first film? Tell me EVERYTHING he said. What kind of food does he like?Do you still talk to him?” And Mayur would continue to be polite, but eventually just walk away.

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If you want to write him here’s what his website says:

Mayur ‘Raj’ Verma

Email : raj@mayurverma.com

My dear fans,

Due to large number of Emails I receive, it is difficult for me to reply all of them. However I always try my best to answer each one of them. Hope you will keep sending me all those lovely messages as well as critiques on my work that encourages me to always perform better than before.

Thanks & Regards,

Mayur Verma

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