Ananya Panday, who is all set for her big commercial launch with Student of The Year 2 (SOTY2), is one of the most matured personalities from the young lot in Bollywood. In an interaction with Hindustan Times, the 20-year-old speaks of the the acting ‘keeda’ in her, thanks to father Chunky Panday and the ongoing debate with nepotism.
Ananya reveals that subconsciously she always had the urge to act, because she loved seeing her father in films. “I just love movies in general and especially Bollywood films, which have always fascinated me. Obviously, my dad has been an inspiration. Just to see him be part of such an amazing world, and act, gave birth to my dream as well. I’ve always maintained that I am Bollywood’s biggest fan. So much so, that I am star struck all the time,” she said.
A while ago, Panday was on Koffee With Karan in the recent season alongside her SOTY 2 co-stars Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria. Amid the candid conversations, Ananya stated that she didn’t deserve to be there and that there are way more hardworking people than her. She was applauded for addressing the fact that nepotism does exist. On that note, she extended her thoughts and said, “I agree that it exists and you can’t take that away. But it’s true for every industry. I just feel I need to work hard and prove myself. Hopefully, when the film comes out, people like and accept me. I am fine with whatever decision they make, but they should watch the film first. I really don’t want any negative connotations when it comes to associating my name with dad. He has worked very hard to make a name for himself and I’ll never feel ashamed to be his daughter. After all, it’s my dream.”
SOTY 2 is directed by Punit Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The film will release on May 10, 2019.