Ac­tor Sara Ali Khan says choos­ing a film is her job and she will trust her own in­stincts when do­ing so

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Rishabh Suri

Con­fi­dent, smart and witty — Sara Ali Khan, the daugh­ter of ac­tors Saif Ali Khan and Am­rita Singh, is all this and more. And the debu­tante is rapidly gain­ing a foothold in Bol­ly­wood. Her first film Kedar­nath, co-star­ring Sushant Singh Ra­jput, re­leased yes­ter­day and most re­views are par­tic­u­larly rav­ing about her good per­for­mance. In her next, a Ro­hit Shetty film, she is paired with Ran­veer Singh. Ex­cerpts:

Was Kedar­nath the first film of­fered to you? Tell us about the shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

This is the first film one was at­tached to, let’s just put it that way. It was in­cred­i­ble. Be­ing a part of movies has al­ways been a dream. It’s only after go­ing on the set that one ac­tu­ally re­alises what it is I’ve been dream­ing of. I think the char­ac­ter that writer Kanika [Dhillon] has writ­ten is just beau­ti­ful. Work­ing with Sushant has been an out­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause not only is he tal­ented and a giv­ing co-ac­tor, but also a very help­ful hu­man be­ing, so that is a huge priv­i­lege for me.

Did you take your par­ents’ ad­vice be­fore tak­ing up the film?

Luck­ily, I have my par­ents’ sup­port [al­ways]. They knew about the film, and mom was with me dur­ing the nar­ra­tion. Let’s as­sume for the sake of con­ver­sa­tion that they weren’t in sup­port. After hear­ing Kedar­nath, I couldn’t have not done it. It wasn’t even a choice. But [thank­fully] they were on board.

Con­sid­er­ing you’re fairly new in films, will you con­sult your par­ents for ca­reer de­ci­sions?

Had my mom not liked the nar­ra­tion of Kedar­nath, I would have done it any­way, be­cause I value my mother’s opin­ion a lot, but this is your job. You don’t want to be blam­ing any­one [else]. Your de­ci­sions need to be your own, es­pe­cially in this line, when you can’t bet on any­thing… the fact of the mat­ter re­mains, that no­body is re­ally bank­able and no idea is re­ally bank­able. If any­thing, I’m go­ing to cul­ti­vate my own in­tu­ition fur­ther.

You have two big films re­leas­ing in the same month. Is there a sense of hav­ing ‘ar­rived’?

No, I don’t think so.

There’s ex­cite­ment, be­cause this is what I have al­ways wanted. There’s en­thu­si­asm and ea­ger­ness for peo­ple to watch it, but ‘ar­riv­ing’ and all is not my pre­rog­a­tive, that will de­pend on how one is re­ceived. Even after that, in my mind, the minute I signed these films, I was as there as I will be once they come out. I don’t think that any­thing re­ally changes.

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