Worked with big movie stars
Master Raju i.e. Raju Shrestha real name is Faheem Ajani and he was born in Dongri area of Mumbai. He started working in films from a very young age in the 70s. He was known as Master Raju in films. During his childhood, he worked with big movie stars in famous films like ‘Parichay’, ‘Bawarchi’, ‘Daag’, ‘Chichor’ and ‘Kitab’.
Raju received the National Award
Talking about Raju Shrestha’s famous movies, they include Amar Prem, Chef, Parichar, Hate, Daag, Pride, Deewar, Chittor in the Shadow of the Eyelids, Tumhari Kasam, Khata Meetha, Akhion Ke Jharoon Se, Badalte Rishte, Nalayak and Atish. Our Wo. Includes movies like Seven Days. Raju also won the National Award for Best Child Actor for his performance in Chittoor.
Couldn’t show anything special in his youth
Even after growing up, Raju continued in films. He played small roles in films like Balwan, Anari, Khuddar, Aag, Sajan Chale Sasural, Dil Tera Deewana, Diljale and Black Friday. After this, Raju gradually disappeared from the big screen.
Raju turned to the TV
After getting a job in films, Raju started working in TV serials. He worked in TV serials like Byomkesh Bakshi, Jai Hanuman, Dum Dama Dum, Adalat, CID, Bani – Ishq Ka Kalma, Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, Badi Devrani, Siddi Dil Mane Na.
Raju blames himself
Raju got a job but couldn’t move forward at a young age. Speaking to our colleague ‘Times of India’, he said, ‘As a child actor, I saw a lot of top stars working and working on their own. Growing up, I wanted to carve out a niche for myself. I was offered lead roles, which I turned down, hoping to get some interesting roles, but as I grew older the space for character actors ran out. Then I started getting only small roles.
People forget the child star
Talking more about the child actors, Raju said, ‘Most child artistes don’t do that magic when they grow up. He has no great acting career. Then people forget them. Having earned a lot of money as a child, I didn’t face much trouble when I grew up. Raju will soon be seen in the TV serial ‘Sasural Simar Ka 2’.