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Another star kid on the block

entertainment Updated: Dec 20, 2007 18:42 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times
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After mature love stories, reincarnation dramas and laugh riots, director Satish Kaushik is now campaigning for a cause. His next movie, Tere Sang is on teenage pregnancy.

The film will mark the debut of Sheena Shahabadi, daughter to yesteryear's actress Sadhna Singh.. remember Nadiya ke Paar?

Tere Sang is a love story with a difference. The boy is 17.. the girl 15. Life takes a dramatic turn when she suddenly discovers that she's pregnant.

Family connection
Apparently, it was lyricist Sameer who recommended Shahabadi's name to Kaushik.

"Sameer uncle is a family friend. When he learnt that Satishji was on the lookout for a new girl for this film, he recommended my name. Three other girls were also shortlisted but I was the lucky one," she smiles.

Why did she choose to make a beginning with such a controversial subject? Wouldn't it have been safer to run around the conifers in a candyfloss romance?

"You'll know when you see the film," she says. "Satishji's handled the subject sensitively. My mom's thrilled I'm starting out with such a beautiful script."

Fully trained
Shahabadi has taken acting lessons from three different teachers. She's also trained in dance with Shiamak Davar and Ganesh Acharya. Right now she's learning kathak.

"Since I was knee-high, I've been dreaming of becoming a star," she admits. "That's my only sapna. Obviously, mom's my inspiration."

Mention Rajshri Films and she says, "It's like a second home for mom."

So why didn't she wait to be launched by the Barjatyas too?

"I guess I was destined to work with someone else. But tomorrow is another day," ends Shahabadi.