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Star kids waiting to carry on the legacy

entertainment Updated: Mar 01, 2010 02:00 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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Sonakshi SinhaIt’s difficult to think of a year, when a son or a daughter of a Bollywood actor or actress hasn’t come along to carry the legacy forward. This year five such star kids are waiting to step out of the wings.



Shakti Kapoor’s daughter, Shraddha, makes her debut in TeenPatti, which releases this Friday. While the coming months will see Aditya Narayan, son of National Award winning singer, Udit Narayan, Mrunmayee, daughter of veteran actor Reema Lagoo, Shatrughan Sinha’s children, Luv and Sonakshi, come out of protective custody to prove that they’re as good as their parents.



Also waiting to exhale are, Tiger aka Jai Hemant Shroff, son of Jackie Shroff who was reportedly offered the sequel of Fauji by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies, and Narmada Ahuja, actor Govinda’s daughter who is patiently waiting to follow in papa’s footsteps.



Oh yes, there’s also Kapil Chopra, director Ravi Chopra’s son who, if the buzz is to be believed, could be paired opposite Priyanka Chopra in a movie helmed by his director brother Abhay and produced by dad Ravi. Whoa!



You can’t escape comparisons: Shraddha Kapoor

Coming from a family with a background in movies, I always aspired to be an actress. I started learning Kathak while still in school,and when I was in the ninth grade, I started doing theatre. I trained in acting and diction under Mohit Tugnait. Ambika Hinduja, the producer of TeenPatti, saw my photographs on Facebook. It was only after we met that she learnt that I’m Shakti Kapoor’s daughter.



I auditioned for the role and couldn’t have asked for a better debut, since the film features Mr Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley. For TeenPatti, we did many workshops with Barry John and Ashley Lobo. That taught me a lot about the finer nuances of acting. The role offers scope to portray a range of emotions.



When you come from a film family, you can’t escape comparisons. Since I’m Padmini Kolhapure’s niece and Shakti Kapoor’s daughter, people will be waiting to see how good I am. If I can achieve even one iota of what my aunt achieved in her debut movie, it will be great. I want to do good work with notable filmmakers. I haven’t signed anything else yet. There are a couple of scripts waiting to be read. I’m waiting to see the response to Teen Patti before deciding anything.

I’d love to play Jodha some day: Sonakshi Sinha

I was really serious about designing when I was studying fashion at SNDT. In those three years, I had no time for anything else. I did a bit of modelling, but was never taken seriously. I was a regular on the ramp as a showstopper, but that was only because I was Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter.

Actually it was my parents who convinced me to do Arbaaz’s (Khan) film that is being directed by Anurag Kashyap’s brother, Abhinav. It’s got the right script, has good co-stars and a capable director. The perfect package! There had been several offers before this, but Salman (Khan) bhai and Arbaaz bhai are like family. And we all liked the story the first time we heard it.

And yes, I have been cast opposite Salman bhai. The difference in our age is justified in the story. Besides, all the superstars today are in their 40s and have been around for 20 years. And most of the new girls are as old as I am. As long as you play the role right, age doesn’t matter. We’ve known Salman bhai for a long time. He has great respect for my parents and is very protective of me. He was the perfect choice as for co-star.

Dad taught me to be myself. It’s better to be different, he pointed out, than follow everyone else. He’s always insisted that I put my best foot forward. Mom’s always around, making sure I have my head on my shoulders. I haven’t seen any of her earlier films, except Sabak, that she did with dad, and more recently, Jodha Akbar. She was so regal. Jodha is one role I’d love to do some day. In case acting doesn't work out as a career, then there are so many other options, like
designing, art or photography.

No one wants a replica of Shatrughan Sinha: Luv Sinha
Considering my family background, it’s no surprise to anyone that I’m passionate about cinema. By the age of 10, I was sure I wanted to be an actor. I knew the road ahead would not be easy. For one, I did not have a great physique. So I started working out while I was still in high school. I enjoyed dancing, but I knew that I needed professional training. And I got it.
I don’t believe in doing anything half-heartedly. So I even did a course in acting at Roshan Taneja’s school, while several other workshops with Anupam Kher. Only after all this, was I convinced that I was ready to follow in the footsteps of my parents.

I’ll be making my debut in Raj Kanwar’s Sadiyaan. It’s a film with an easy connect because the story is relevant to all of us. I’ve seen the first print and the director has pretty much executed what was narrated to me. The presence of Rishi Kapoor, Rekha, and Hema Malini adds to the film’s appeal.

Even though my family has produced films before, I didn’t want to take the easy route. When you go out alone and find work, it gives you a certain amount of credibility. After I’m accepted by the audience and have established myself, I’ll do a film under my home banner.

I know I will be compared to dad, but I’m not worried. If someone expects my father, then they should see his movies. I can’t be him. I have taken his strengths and adapted them, but I’m not his replica. Why would anyone want a copy of Shatrughan Sinha!

It’s not difficult getting movies; what’s tough is signing the right ones. I hope my choice was correct. The feedback from the screenings of Sadiyaan has been positive, so touch wood!
No, I haven’t taken on any other projects. You could sign six films before the first release, but if the launch pad crashes, then those six films could disappear too. Stardom is a gamble, but I’m ready for it.

Mom should be happy with my performance: Mrunmayee Lagoo
I used to act in school and college, but I never really wanted to get into it seriously. It happened by chance. I started out with advertising, then moved to theatre and then films happened. After graduation, I was offered the lead role in a Marathi film. It was an interesting character, so I took it up. More Marathi movies followed.

Now, I’ve recently assisted Siddharth Malhotra on the remake of Stepmom, that stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. Prior to that, I assisted Rajkumar Hirani on 3 Idiots too.

I auditioned for Luck By Chance, but eventually Isha Sharvani was signed up for the role. It was an awesome team, and I would have loved to be a part of that film. I was also called to audition for Hello Zindagi. After the second audition, I got selected. This film will mark my debut in Hindi movies. Hindi films aren’t all that different from Marathi ones. The team is young; for most of us, it’s our first venture so the energy level is always high.

Since mom is an actor, it was important for me to see that she was happy with my performance. It didn’t matter what others felt.
After Hello Zindagi, I have an untitled film with Mahesh Manjrekar, that is a take on the Marathi play, All The Best. I haven’t signed anything else apart from that. I’d love to direct a movie some day, but I have a lot to learn first.

I’m a part of Vikram Bhatt’s acting institute: Aditya Narayan
Since both my parents are singers, music was my first interest. But slowly, I was drawn towards films. While growing up, I did shows with Kalyanjibhai, and sang for movies like Akele Hum Akele Tum. I also attended a lot of award functions, where I was spotted. I took up the challenge, when I offered to act in films like Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai and Pardes, and I had a blast.

My career took off after Zee called me to audition for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. I started hosting the music talent show after Shaan. One of Vikram Bhatt’s EPs (Executive Producer) saw me on the show, and recommended my name for Shaapith. Although I had been narrated other scripts, Vikram’s horror movie was what really caught my interest.

He was to start shooting in May 2009. I was signed in August 2008. Vikram wanted me to lose weight and get fit before the film went on the floor. When I enquired about doing an acting course, he told me that I was part of Vikram Bhatt’s acting
institute.

I’ve sat through scripting sessions, been consulted on the cast, attended music sessions and been a part of the pre and post-production of the film. Shaapith has been a great training ground for me. I have to mention here, that my parents have always been very supportive and have never questioned my decisions. I’m very confident of Shaapith.

All star kids have their plus and minus points. When you come from a film family, you have the burden of sky-high expectations. Since dad is not an actor, I don’t have to worry about comparisons. Thank God!

Waiting to exhale

Tigerakajai Hemantshroff
Jackie and Ayesha Shroff’S son has already caught the eye of many filmmakers. Buzz is that Subhash Ghai will launch him, since he had relaunched Jackie in Hero, after he had debuted as the sidekick to Shakti Kapoor in Dev Anand’s Swami Dada.

Narmmadaa Ahuja
Govinda and Sunita Ahuja’s daughter first made news when she accompanied Salman Khan to the IIFA Awards 2008. They were immediately linked, but apologies followed the very next day.

Buzz has it that Govinda will produce his daughter’s debut movie in association with Vashu Bhagnani, while their good friend David Dhawan will direct it. There has been no development on that front, but recently Narmada was supposedly approached by Pankaj Kapoor to play the lead role opposite Shahid Kapoor in his directorial debut, Mausam.

Kapil Chopra
Son of veteran filmmaker Ravi Chopra, Kapil, is making his debut in Kohinoor, a heist thriller, helmed by brother Abhay. He has been learnt acting from the New York Institute and has assisted his father on some projects. Kohinoor made news two years ago, but the economic downturn had slowed it down. Last heard, the film was scheduled to take off this year.