A star in the making in Harshaali Malhotra
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has a superstar in Salman Khan. It also has a star in the making in Harshaali Malhotra. Don't be surprised to see her dominating the big screen 15 years later too.
She has a cracking smile: Now seven, Harshaali wins you over with her toothy, slightly gummy smile. She clicks even when she isn't beaming. Your heart will melt when you see her nose turn red when she is crying. Make no mistake she is the leading lady of the film.
She wins you over without uttering a word: For the most part that is. In the film, Harshaali plays the part of Shahida aka Munni, a six-year-old speech-impaired Pakistani girl, who in an act of charity, which looks like stupidity, ends up in India unable to communicate where home is. With no words at her disposal, Harshaali uses her eyes to convey the pathos of a kid away from home and more so missing her mother. That's challenging for a child making her big screen debut and Harshaali pulls it off as if she is a professional doing it for years. She is winning audiences over with her cuteness.