Actor Soha Ali Khan, who has been part of several films in supporting and lead roles, feels she can never come out of her family’s shadow. Despite films such as Rang De Basanti (2006), Khoya Khoya Chand (2007), Tum Mile (2009), the actor is still compared to her mother, yesteryear actor Sharmila Tagore and brother, actor Saif Ali Khan.
Clearly unperturbed with these comparisons, Soha says, “This has been my whole life for so many years now. This is who I am and my identity that I have been raised with, and I do get lot of advantages from being in the family I am and I tend to look at it as a strength. There’s a lot of protection, respect, love and of course comparisons.”
However, the actor maintains that she never chose to be compared with anyone in the first place. “I understand I can’t fight it. But it’s wrong to compare me with my family. People should understand that we are all very independent. As a family, we are involved emotionally, but do not interfere in each other’s professional choices. So I hope people appreciate that each one of us has individual strength within the family itself,” she says.
Unlike other stars, the 38-year-old actor says she no longer worries about whether she’s got her due in the industry or not. “I’ve really stopped thinking about making a mark or whether this will be my moment. For me, a film is not just about that,” says Soha, adding, “I enjoy acting and the process of being in a film. Once the film is released, audience’s reaction is something that happens, but hopefully by that time you’re doing something else (better) in your life and that should not really affect you much.”
Stating that she looks for good scripts and doesn’t believe in being part of a rat race, the actor adds, “I would like to believe there isn’t a race and it’s not just about popularity and fame. I am also quite content as a person and I enjoy putting up a healthy work life balance. If I am not working, there’s a lot I enjoy doing. I am missing out on anything in life.”
Follow @htshowbiz for more