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All for education

chandigarh Updated: Jul 14, 2012 12:28 IST
Navleen Lakhi

She comes from one of the most royal families of B-town; limelight is a part of her heirloom, but despite the glitz and glamour, actor Soha Ali Khan makes it a point to emphasise on the most crucial part of growing up - education.

"Studies have always been the most crucial part of overall development for me. I chose to complete my education before entering the glam world, because I believe we actors should always have a backup. I did my first movie at the age of 25, while most of my contemporaries started their careers at an early stage," shares the actor, while addressing the students of Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, SAS Nagar, on Friday, at the panel discussion, Follow Your Heart, organised by Classmate (ITC).

Though education holds a special place in her heart, another reason for her visit is her upcoming movie, Chaarfutiya Chhokare. In the movie, she plays the role of an NRI who gets caught in a web of crime following her efforts to educate three street kids.

About her varied choice of roles, she says, "I tend to get bored of the same kind of roles. So, I make sure I choose different roles in each movie, which helps me gain new experiences."

Having played offbeat roles mostly, isn't the actor afraid of being stereotyped by the industry?

"No actress would want to wear a tag around her neck, nor do I. I just want to do substantial commercial cinema that connects with the audience. From the beginning, I didn't want to be a part of the rat race like others. And today, I am proud of each one of my projects," she says.

Despite being exposed to fame and fortune since childhood, success has always meant happiness for the actor. "For me, success also means being financially independent, which in turn means having enough money to make your own choices."