Birth­days are over­rated: Athiya Shetty

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I am not a party per­son at all. For me, spend­ing time with fam­ily or meet­ing my friends for a quiet din­ner is the best way to ring in my birth­day.

ATHIYA SHETTY, AC­TOR

Athiya Shetty is cur­rently in Bhopal, Mad­hya Pradesh, shoot­ing for her next film with Nawazud­din Sid­diqui. The ac­tor will be sta­tioned there un­til the end of the month. So, Athiya who turns a year older to­day, will have a work­ing birth­day this time around.

“It’s my first time in Bhopal and I’m lov­ing it here. Its so green and clean and the food is amaz­ing. It’s go­ing to be a work­ing birth­day this year, and I am ex­tremely ex­cited about spend­ing the day on set. I have al­ways wanted to work on my birth­day and ev­ery year I try and do some­thing in­volv­ing work. So, this year I am only go­ing to be work­ing and I hope that is lucky for me. Over the years, I have re­alised that I am hap­pi­est when I am on the set. I think it makes me feel at home. Be­ing in front of the cam­era is my happy space. I had the op­tion of tak­ing a day off and com­ing to Mum­bai but I chose to stay here,” she says.

When in Mum­bai, Athiya usu­ally spends her birth­day with fam­ily and friends. Her mother, Mana Shetty, runs an NGO, so she heads there to spend some time and have lunch with the kids, ev­ery birth­day. Oth­er­wise, it’s pretty much low key, she ex­plains. “I am not a party per­son at all. For me, spend­ing time with fam­ily or meet­ing my friends for a quiet din­ner is the best way to ring in my birth­day. I have never liked birth­days and it’s so over­rated. It’s too much pres­sure to be con­stantly happy and do cer­tain things, so I don’t like the con­cept of cel­e­brat­ing birth­days as such. My mum runs an NGO so I usu­ally spend time there so this year, I’m gonna miss that rit­ual”.

Athiya made her de­but with Hero (2015) op­po­site Sooraj Pan­choli and while de­but films are usu­ally mem­o­rable, she says that this has stayed with her for more rea­sons than one. “I re­mem­ber, on my 18th birth­day, I got my first nar­ra­tion of Hero. That was quite mem­o­rable and it was very spe­cial be­cause I had my first nar­ra­tion on my birth­day.” And that was the best gift, says Athiya, as she ex­plains she is not into birth­day presents ei­ther. “I am not re­ally a ma­te­ri­al­is­tic per­son so I don’t look for­ward to gifts. If I’m happy and I’m at peace, it is au­to­mat­i­cally a great birth­day. Gifts and presents don’t ex­cite me”, she con­cludes.

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