Athiya Shetty talks on how she dealt with reactions on Hero

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2015 21:56 IST
Athiya Shetty during the interactive session with students at the ‘Celebrate Cinema’, an annual festival organises by Whistling Woods International in Mumbai. (IANS)

She might have made a dream debut with a Salman Khan production, but she received a mixed bag of reactions for it. Now, young Athiya Shetty seems to have learnt the art of moving on. After signing her first endorsement deal, she realises the need to filter negative comments.

Your debut film received a mixed response from the critics as well as the audience. How did you deal with that?

I received positive feedback for my performance, and for the chemistry that Sooraj (Pancholi; co-star) and I shared on screen. But, at the end of the day, I know it is impossible to make everyone happy. Being part of the industry for so long, my father (Suniel Shetty) always says, “With success comes failure.” So, I know that nobody is perfect. I take criticism constructively. Sometimes, you need to filter the negative comments, because you can’t take every comment that comes your way seriously.

Athiya Shetty at the Sanskriti Dahikala Utsav 2015 organised by MLA Pratap Sarnaik at Vartak Nagar in Thane. (IANS)

Do you have a list of directors you wish to work with?

I have a huge wish list of directors I would like to work with, but I don’t want to jinx it (smiles).

How do you feel about being compared to Sonam Kapoor?

I am too new to the industry to be compared to her. She has earned a big name in Bollywood, and she is one of the most beautiful female actors around. She has created a league of her own.

You have just signed your first endorsement deal with Maybelline New York. How does it feel?

It is a dream come true to have such an iconic brand as my first endorsement. Being a girl, make-up is essential for me. I have been using this brand’s products for a long time. Signing on the dotted line for my first endorsement has been very special.

How do you plan to spend the money you have received for this deal?

I will definitely spend a certain amount of it, but I am not too sure on what though, at the moment. I am very conscious about what I spend money on.

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