Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty was launched by Salman Khan in 2015 with the remake of Subhash Ghai’s Hero opposite Sooraj Pancholi. And now, his son, Ahan is all set to make his debut with a film to be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. While Suniel had earlier said that Salman would launch Ahan too, he says he is more than happy with the launch pad.
“For me, Salman and Sajid are one and the same. It was Salman who recommended Ahan’s name to Sajid and the decision was taken by the two together. Salman has been extremely supportive of both my kids,” Suniel says, adding, “Also, I was very clear that I wouldn’t make a film for them. I never got anything on a platter so I wanted them to go out there and make it by themselves. They always have me to support them. ”
On the day news of Ahan’s debut broke out, Suniel was flooded with calls. From industry well-wishers and distributors to fellow actors, the actor says the barrage of calls was overwhelming.
“It has been crazy. People I haven’t spoken to for decades called to congratulate me. It was almost like his film had released and was declared a hit. This feeling was the same I had when Athiya and Ahan were born. I had tears of joy,” he explains.
“It is true when they say that you live your dreams through your children. It was deja vu as he is starting out in a manner similar to my debut. But he is much more prepared than I was. I only had one or two journalists that messed with me (laughs).”
It is true when they say that you live your dreams through your children. It was deja vu as Ahan is starting out in a manner similar to my debut,
Though Athiya and Ahan are star kids, they were never given preferential treatment. “My kids are very grounded. They have strong values and it all came from their grandparents. They will never misbehave or ill-treat anyone. That much I can vouch for,” the proud father says.