‘NOT OF­FENDED WITH COM­PAR­ISONS’

Sara Ali Khan on her equa­tion with con­tem­po­rary Jan­hvi Kapoor

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­[email protected]

Sara Ali Khan is be­ing cel­e­brated for her charm on screen and off it. Daugh­ter of ac­tors Saif Ali Khan and Am­rita Singh is of­ten com­pared to an­other star kid — ac­tor Jan­hvi Kapoor. The two made their de­buts last year. How­ever, the Simmba ac­tor is un­fazed. Ex­cerpts:

Con­stant com­par­isons are made be­tween Jan­hvi Kapoor and you. What’s your equa­tion with her?

We have been friends be­fore ei­ther of us came out and said that we want to be ac­tors. So I have noth­ing but pos­i­tiv­ity and good­will for her in my heart. We are both com­fort­able in our skin and we don’t only un­der­stand one an­other but also un­der­stand the in­dus­try. We also have re­spect for ev­ery per­son that makes col­lages and com­pares us. I don’t think ei­ther of us is even of­fended by these com­par­isons be­cause we un­der­stand it is in­evitable. Peo­ple are go­ing to com­pare us and that is okay. We are pub­lic fig­ures now and this is what we signed up for. Whether it is the way I look, the way I talk or my per­sonal equa­tions – they are all in the pub­lic do­main and these aren’t things I can run away from. We are both ma­ture enough to un­der­stand that the in­dus­try is big enough for dif­fer­ent peo­ple who are hon­est about their work, and we are both hon­est. So there re­ally is no prob­lem there.

How do you re­act to peo­ple hail­ing you as the next big thing?

It is over­whelm­ing. But I don’t think I have ar­rived. All this ap­pre­ci­a­tion shows that there is po­ten­tial. I don’t think I am ready even now be­cause I think you can never be fully ready. Ev­ery set is a new ex­pe­ri­ence and the beau­ti­ful thing about my job is that you don’t have to be ready to en­joy it. It’s not a desti­na­tion. It’s a jour­ney and as long as you are will­ing to keep learn­ing and ex­plor­ing and be hum­ble, grate­ful, aware, that’s all you can be. The day you wake up think­ing you are ready to take on the world, you are doomed.

You are a star kid. Did the pres­sure of liv­ing upto your par­ents’ legacy ever get to you?

My par­ents have al­ways been sup­port­ive, no mat­ter what I did. Some com­ments that I have got­ten from peo­ple are po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect to quote be­cause one of them said “We are glad that nepo­tism has brought peo­ple like Sara Ali Khan”. That is a huge com­pli­ment be­cause I am aware of nepo­tism and the un­fair­ness that it might come with. I am aware that I have ac­cess to more things in the in­dus­try than other peo­ple do. But, I don’t think that it’s pres­sure. Hon­estly, whether it was study­ing in Co­lum­bia Univer­sity or work­ing in the film in­dus­try, I was never averse to pres­sure. The only thing I can do is to make my mark. When peo­ple walk out of the theatre af­ter see­ing my work they should re­mem­ber me for the char­ac­ter and not as Saif Ali Khan’s daugh­ter.

Star kids Jan­hvi Kapoor and Sara are of­ten com­pared with each other

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