Zoa Morani isn't like many other artistes who don't admit to using 'contacts' to get a foothold in the film industry. She says clearly that she got to assist Farah Khan on Om Shanti Om (2007) and Rajkumar Santoshi on Halla Bol (2008) because of her father, Karim Morani, who owns Cineyug Productions and Events.
Zoa grew up surrounded by films produced by her father's company and as a child, even accompanied Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan on world tours. "There was always a film atmosphere at home. When I saw Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla dance, I decided this is what I wanted to do." And now, the 22-year-old is making her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh's production, Always Kabhi Kabhi.
Directed by Roshan Abbas, the film stars Zoa as one of the four angry-young teenagers. "I play a firebrand character called Nandini. The film is about how certain circumstances that take place in their last year at school change their life completely," she says.
Though the actor has no qualms accepting that her father's contacts helped her, she claims to have earned the role in Always Kabhi Kabhi by herself. "Roshan sir came across my pictures at a friend's place, and he told me later, that he had made up his mind to cast me even before the audition," she says, adding that her father's friendship with Shah Rukh has nothing to do with her debut. "No one makes a movie with you just because you are someone's kid. Films don't happen because of contacts unless you have the talent. I have worked very hard to be accepted for this role."