‘I DON’T LIKE BEING CALLED A STAR KID’
Sara Ali Khan talks about her debut Kedarnath – film – this week’s release, her than and how there’s more to child being just her illustrious parents’
SAIF Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan is all set to make her muchawaited entry into Bollywood with not just one but two big releases this month. While her debut film Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput released today, she will be seen with Ranveer Singh in Simmba later this month.
Sara said her debut film is special.
“When I read the script of Kedarnath, I felt that it was supreme,” Sara told Mail Today. “Gradually, when I got to learn the details of my character from Kanika [Dhillon] ji , the writer of our film, I felt even more attracted to it.”
The actress also doesn’t feel that today a love story is a “safe launch” but as an actor one should “work hard” whatever the genre of the launch film may be.
“I have barely spent five minutes in the industry, so I am not in a position to comment. But nothing is safe in the present day. However, if you work hard with sincerity and dedication, then it shows.”
And the “hard work” began for the newcomer on the first day of shooting.
“We were in Sitapur in Uttarakhand. My first shot was on the second day of the shoot. It was eight in the evening. They had arranged for false rain as you will see in the film. I was shivering with cold,” said Sara. “I told Gattu [director Abhishek Kapoor] sir that I am feeling cold. He said ‘are you feeling very cold?’ I said yes. He said ‘okay, then you don’t need to do anything else; your look is there and we start the take right now’. I was like ‘what?!’ So, I did the entire shot shivering.”
Kedarnath is a love story of a Hindu girl who visits the place of pilgrimage and a Muslim porter who guides visitors. It is set against the 2013 Uttarakhand floods that practically destroyed the entire area.
Just before the film’s release, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the film with the plea that it hurts Hindu sentiments
The court left it to the discretion of the Rudraprayag DM to take an appropriate decision according to law and order situation in the area and advised the petitioner not to see the film if he so wished.
The petitioner had objected to the film due to a variety of reasons, including its passionate love scenes and alleged promotion of love jihad.
But, Sara does not feel the film promotes love jihad.
“Had it been the case then we would not have done it. There was no attempt to do any such thing from my end. The film has been made with a lot of sensitivity and sincerity. Be it religion or caste, everything has been shown in a sensible manner. You will also feel the same [when] you watch the film.”
Coming from a family of actors, with not just her parents but also her grandmother, Sharmila Tagore – who was one of the top actresses of her time – taking on the profession came naturally to the Kedarnath actress.
“Yes, I always wanted to become an actress. I was waiting for someone to see some quality in me and approach me,” she said, smiling. “After my studies abroad, I came back with a determination to become an actor.”
But the debutante revealed that she is most inspired by dad Saif Ali Khan.
“I look up to everyone in my family for their work. However, the perseverance with which Dad works inspires me. If sometimes the film doesn’t do well, it doesn’t deter him and he continues to keep proving himself. I think that’s truly amazing and that’s something I aspire to imbibe from him.”
Viewers and fans often raise their expectations from star kids. But the young actress even though she says “there’s no pressure” about the release she feels she needs to prove her skills to “myself, to my parents, to you people and to the audience”. “Without doing any film, I have received a lot of love and acceptance from people. So, I feel it is my responsibility to show my work to everyone.” Moreover, Sara does not like being addressed as a “star kid” but because she is one, she has to deal with it.
“The term ‘star kid’ is so big in itself, that when it adds to your identity, then your other qualities are not visible. I am not running away from the identity given by my parents – I am very happy and proud of it – but at the same time, I am something else apart from being just a star kid,” Sara explained.
The film has been made with a lot of sensitivity and sincerity. Religion or caste, everything has been shown in a sensible manner.
— SARA ALI KHAN
‘Without doing any film, I’ve received a lot of love and acceptance.’