It’s ac­tor Soha Ali Khan’s at­tempt to bust mis­con­cep­tions about her and the up­bring­ing she had as a princess

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Be­ing the daugh­ter of two leg­ends, sis­ter to a su­per­star, and an es­tab­lished ac­tor her­self, ac­tor Soha Ali Khan must have many tales to share about her starry life. But is ev­ery­thing nec­es­sar­ily rosy about star­dom? In her up­com­ing book, The Per­ils Of Be­ing Mod­er­ately Fa­mous!, the ac­tor-turned-au­thor talks about her ex­pe­ri­ences as a ‘mod­ern-day princess’. Af­ter all, she be­longs to the Nawab fam­ily of Pataudi! Soha, who wel­comed her first child, daugh­ter Inaaya, with hus­band, ac­tor Ku­nal Kemmu, this Septem­ber, shares that the book is her way of re­veal­ing her “real self” to the world. “A lot of peo­ple have mis­con­cep­tions about who I am as a per­son, what kind of up­bring­ing I had, and how is it be­long­ing to a fa­mous fam­ily where ev­ery­one is a bit of a su­per­star — my brother (ac­tor Saif Ali Khan), mother (ac­tor Sharmila Tagore), fa­ther (Nawab Man­soor Ali Khan Pataudi) and sis­terin-law (ac­tor Ka­reena Kapoor Khan). But when peo­ple meet me, they are like ‘You aren’t like what I ex­pected’. I thought it would be nice to give peo­ple an in­sight into what it’s like to be me,” says the 39-year old.

Talk­ing about how she de­cided to write a book, Soha says, “I was a stu­dent of His­tory in col­lege, so we had to write a lot of es­says, and since then a lot of peo­ple said you write so well, you should write a book some day. Of course, I love read­ing, but I have al­ways said that there’s a great dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing a good reader and be­ing able to write,” says the ac­tor, who was scep­ti­cal even af­ter she started pen­ning it.

“The pub­lish­ers came to me with a propo­si­tion to pub­lish my book and said, ‘We hear you are in­tel­li­gent, maybe we could work with you’. It sounded re­ally daunt­ing, to be able to write 40,000-50,000 words. I didn’t know if I had it in me, so I asked if I could write one chap­ter and send it to the ed­i­tor first. She liked it, and so I started writ­ing the book and fin­ished a cou­ple of months ago,” adds Soha, who didn’t want to do fic­tion.

“There are chap­ters from my life — child­hood and col­lege days, travel, films, the Pataudi lin­eage, and our re­la­tion­ship with (leg­endary au­thor) Rabindranath Tagore,” she says.

Asked about the in­ter­est­ing ti­tle of her book, she gives a hum­ble re­ply, “Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily is an achiever, but though not en­tirely non-fa­mous, I am cer­tainly not of that cal­i­bre of fame.” Hence, the ti­tle ‘mod­er­ately fa­mous’.

Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily is an achiever, but though not en­tirely non­fa­mous, I am cer­tainly not of that cal­i­bre of fame. Hence, the ti­tle ‘mod­er­ately fa­mous’ SOHA ALI KHAN, AC­TOR

Cover of Soha’s book

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