|Saturday, July 13, 2002||
Nakshdeep did not undergo any formal training in acting and neither did he audition for the role of young Bhagat Singh. Gurcharan Singh Channi, a friend of his father, who was well aware of Naksh’s talent for acting, recommended his name to Santoshi, says Manjula Wadhwa.
Nakshdeep who played the role of chhota Bhagat Singh in The
Legend Of Bhagat Singh is the only child of Komal Singh and
Amarjeet Kaur, residents of SAS Nagar. Naksh, a student of Class VI of
Tender Heart School, Sector 33, Chandigarh, is an extremely confident,
brilliant and cheerful child. No doubt, stepping into Bollywood and
featuring in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s big-budget film is a thrilling
experience for him but this is not his debut in the film world. He has
already played a major role in a Punjabi Telefilm Tilkan, produced
by B.N. Sharma and directed by Gurdeep Bhullar. This movie, based on the
theme of AIDS has already been released in Canada. His talent started
coming to the fore at a tender age of two years when he participated in
Baal Preet Milni Kafla — a children movement for human solidarity
through informal education. In addition, he is also acting in Panag
Films’ production Dhiyan. He has also been assigned the role of
Puran in Puran Bhagat produced by Ram Ratna.
Naksh’s father Komal Singh who has acted as Bhagat Singh’s father-in-law in the film, is working as an assistant editor of a children magazine, Pankaharia, published by the Punjab Government under the aegis of Punjab School Education Board. His mother, Amarjeet Kaur, apart from working as senior assistant in PSEB, has been actively associated with different organisations working for the rights of women. She is, at present, joint secretary of employees’ union of non-teaching staff in her office as well as general secretary of social organisations Shamsheer and Stree Talmel Committee. No wonder, Naksh has inherited literary traits from his father and confidence from his mother.
Asked how he felt when the first shot was taken, Naksh beamed, "Mazza aa gaya". At times the shooting for the film would start at 9 p.m. and go on till 6 in the morning. He features in the scenes focussing on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Non-Cooperation Movement. He has a 25-minute role in the film.
Naksh is also good at drawing and
painting. He is good with computers also. Apart from basic knowledge
about computers, he knows C and C++. The most interesting fact is that
he has neither joined any computer coaching institute nor there is
anybody at home to guide him. Asked about the reaction of his school
teachers and classmates, Naksh happily says that now he finds a change
in the attitude of his teachers and the principal. The teachers feel
proud of his achievements. As far as studies are concerned, his mother
said he still gets 95 per cent marks, as before.