‘IN­DE­PEN­DENCE IS EV­ERY­THING’

Debu­tant ac­tors Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty share what free­dom means to them

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Free­dom, es­pe­cially in our coun­try, has to be about equal­ity — mainly be­tween men and women

Athiya Shetty, ac­tor

You can’t do any­thing in life with­out in­de­pen­dence. You can’t even be your­self

Sooraj Pancholi, ac­tor

Ac­tors Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, who are mak­ing their Bol­ly­wood de­but soon, are both set to celebrate the coun­try’s 69th In­de­pen­dence Day to­day. Asked what free­dom means to them, 25-year-old Sooraj says, it stands for “ev­ery­thing”, while the 22-year-old Athiya adds, “Free­dom is about equal­ity.”

Sooraj, who will be seen play­ing a tough guy in his first film, says that he holds noth­ing more im­por­tant in life than free­dom. “You can’t do any­thing in life with­out in­de­pen­dence. You can’t even be your­self.”

Athiya, who is ac­tor Suneil Shetty’s daugh­ter, says that in In­dia, in­de­pen­dence should be about gen­der equal­ity. “Free­dom, es­pe­cially in our coun­try, has to be about equal­ity — mainly be­tween men and women in terms of ed­u­ca­tion, work, and even ba­sic con­cept of in­de­pen­dence.”

Ex­cited about their film, the duo say they are look­ing for­ward to a great in­ning in the film in­dus­try. “There are young ac­tors and new di­rec­tors in Bol­ly­wood cur­rently. There’s also the free­dom to take up fresh, dif­fer­ent ideas and sto­ries. All of us (in the in­dus­try) are do­ing our share of hard work, and we are see­ing great re­sults,” says Sooraj. Athiya adds, “I am my fa­ther’s daugh­ter, and I won’t put it any other way, be­cause I know it (his con­nec­tions) has helped me bag the film. But I know that af­ter this, my hard work and skills will speak for them­selves.”

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