She is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Always Kabhi Kabhi, but unfortunately, Zoa Morani’s father Karim, won’t be part of the celebration. And understandably so, the young actor isn’t at ease talking about him.
“Can I not answer this question, please?” says the petite Zoa. “I have seriously no idea what to say about it? Of course, it’s a very emotional issue for me. As you can see, I’m stammering and I sound nervous when asked anything about it. So, please keep me away from it.” Cineyug Films director, Karim, one of the accused in the 2G-spectrum case, is currently in judicial custody.
It has been widely suggested that Zoa bagged her debut role, due to the father’s influence and friendship with producer Shah Rukh Khan. But she vehemently denies any association. “I never got any special treatment. Roshan (director Roshan Abbas) had seen my photos long before he started putting the film together. Even the producer wasn’t decided then. I also went through a screen test, which wasn’t very good.”
But she readily accepts that she was always interested in acting. “I remember going on world tours with my father during vacations. I would always imitate Bollywood stars because I was in awe of them,” she says.
Since Always Kabhi Kabhi is set in a high school, Zoa feels the cast never felt they were doing a film. “We were always dressed up as school-kids, which made it fun. In fact, by the end of it, we all even started behaving like school-kids,” laughs Zoa, who started her Bollywood career as an assistant director to Farah Khan on Om Shanti Om (2007).