‘I hope Athiya con­ducts her­self well’

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Ac­tor Su­niel Shetty (right) feels he has earned re­spect and main­tained a clean im­age in his more than two decades of showbiz ca­reer be­cause of his con­duct. Now, he wants daugh­ter

Athiya (left) to fol­low in his foot­steps.

Athiya, 22, is mak­ing her Bol­ly­wood de­but with Nikhil Ad­vani’s re­make of the 1983 film, Hero, along­side new­comer Sooraj Pancholi. The happy fa­ther says, “I don’t have to tell her any­thing. I was wor­ried be­cause Athiya was al­ways watch­ing me. In 26 years, I don’t know what I have earned but there is lot of good­will and bless­ing that I have got. I have con­ducted my­self that way, I hope Athiya will do the same.” The Hera Pheri ac­tor said Athiya was pas­sion­ate about act­ing right from child­hood. “She did plays in her school. I am glad she asked me if I would be happy with her join­ing films. I said, ‘I am in this in­dus­try and it is a beau­ti­ful in­dus­try. It is the most beau­ti­ful and safe place for girls. If they want to con­duct them­selves right, then no­body can trou­ble them,” adds the ac­tor. When Su­niel made his act­ing de­but there was no one to guide him, but now that Athiya is en­ter­ing the in­dus­try, he and ac­tor Sal­man Khan, who is launch­ing her, are there to help her. “I don’t re­gret my time. I was strong. I stood on my own... fell down. I did death de­fy­ing stunts. I am happy that I am there for my chil­dren,” the 53-yearold adds.

“Athiya doesn’t know much about the real world. I am happy we are there to guide them,” says Shetty, adding, “Athiya is ex­tremely hard work­ing and pas­sion­ate. The only thing she told me is, ‘Dad, I did so many takes to­day but I am not happy... Nikhil sir said it is ok but I did not like it’.”

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