Acting runs in her blood, but actor Tanishaa Mukerji’s career couldn’t take off in a big way. But she is thankful to her mother Tanuja and sister Kajol, both actors, for “protecting” her and being her support system. She says her motto is to live up to her own expectations.“My mom and my sister have taught me a lot as far as my career goes. They have supported me unconditionally. But more than that, they have protected me and been a very strong stabilising force in my personal life,” says Tanishaa.
A decade ago, Tanishaa followed in footsteps of her star sister Kajol and entered Bollywood with the horror thriller, Sssshhh. Post that, she featured in films like Tango Charlie, Sarkar and Neal N Nikki, but couldn’t replicate her sister’s success story. “I believe that if your personal life is not strong, you can never succeed in your work,” says the actor.
Interestingly, she has a deep rooted film legacy. If her maternal grandmother Shobhna Samarth was one of the reigning queens of the 1950s, her paternal grandfather Sashadar Mukherjee was the pioneer of Indian cinema. Her father Shomu Mukherjee made films like Sangdil Sanam and Pathar Ke Insan.Tanishaa admits that her illustrious family background raises a lot of expectations from her.
“My family background raises a lot of expectations. But I don’t think like that...I have always been taught to walk my own path and not allow opinions and expectations guide you. And the only expectations I want to live up to are my own,” she says. Tanishaa has stayed away from greasepaint and arclight for a while now and says it was because she was busy with the production of the film, Son of Sardaar, which starred her brother-in-law Ajay Devgn in the lead role. According to her, she has “not disappeared from any scene”.