‘Notebook’: Zaheer Iqbal is immensely fond of his 11-year-old co-star
Bollywood, as an industry, is producing young stars and the fresh talent. The likes of Varun Dhawan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan and others have really proved their mettle. Now, Zaheer Iqbal is all set to enter this race with Salman Khan‘s ‘Notebook’.
Zaheer Iqbal has taken his 11-year-old co-star Mehroos Ahmed from ‘Notebook’ under his wings. The aspiring actor met the Kashmiri boy in September during one of the several acting workshops that the film’s team conducted in the Valley.
Talking about his little co-star, Zaheer proudly said, “Mehroos is one of the smartest people I have met, he even helped the film’s team manage the other kids on the sets. Once, he picked up spare juice boxes and hid them under a table to ensure that the crew didn’t waste it.”
While working with little Mehroos, Zaheer discovered that the boy’s long-time dream was to live in Maximum City. “He was fascinated by pictures of bowling alleys, cars and busy roads. I spoke to his father, Manzoor Ahmed, who admitted that while Kashmir may be safe for civilians, he didn’t want his kids growing up there fearing for their safety,” Zaheer explains, adding that the family plans to move to Mumbai some day.
“So, I offered to help. Mehroos will stay with me now for two-three months so that his talent is not wasted.”
When asked about his plans for the youngster, the debutant says, “His mother is a little skeptical right now, but I am optimistic that everything will work out well. I want to enroll Mehroos in the same school where I went as a boy, as did Ranveer Singh .”
‘Notebook’ is being directed by Nitin Kakkar and is presented by Salman Khan Films and is a Cine1 Studios Production. It is produced by Salma Khan, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde and is all set to hit the screens on March 29, 2019.