Fireflies in the Garden
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Rohan Chand was born in New York City, to parents of Indian descent. When he was six years old he was spotted by a casting director while playing baseball; the casting director was the mother of another child playing baseball and encouraged Chand to audition for a role in Adam Sandler's film Jack and Jill (2011). Chand ultimately won the role of Sandler's on-screen adopted son. His next role was in a 2011 episode of Homeland titled "Crossfire", in which he played Issa Nazir, the young son of the series' central terrorist who forms a close relationship with an American soldier, played by Damian Lewis. If you saw the film Lone Survivor (2013), you'll remember Chand as the son of an Afghan who provides assistance to an American Navy SEAL (played by Mark Wahlberg), and spoke in Hindi and Urdu for the part.
In 2013, Chand appeared in the main role in the comedy film Bad Words, playing Chaitanya Chopra, a spelling bee entrant who befriends the film's main character (played by Jason Bateman) after auditioning when he was eight years old. He was ten years old by the time of the film's release and his performance was widely praised by critics, with a writer for Variety magazine predicting that Chand would receive "many more big-screen opportunities following this endearingly wide-eyed turn". His next project was the 2014 film The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Helen Mirren, in which he played the young version of the film's main character (played by Manish Dayal).
In April 2014 it was announced that Chand would star alongside Lea Michele in a voice-over role in DreamWorks Animation's Bollywood-style musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey. In addition, Chand was cast in Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, in the leading role of Mowgli. The film was made in 2015 when Chand was 12-years-old but released in November 2018 due to the premiere of Disney's Jungle Book in 2016.
With his keen interest in the process of movie-making, Rohan Chand uses every opportunity to learn as much as possible about his film community as he continues to hone his acting skills in diverse and challenging roles. He has big plans for his career: "I really want to work with Hugh Jackman and also Steven Spielberg." He's not neglecting school, though; there's always a tutor on set. He is "very diligent about his studies", and also enjoys tennis, soccer, and fencing, according to his father Rob Chand.