Bollywood star Govinda's daughter Narmmadaa Ahuja seems to have set her preferences even before her first movie. The 21-year-old says she would like to make her debut with an actor who has at least one film to his credit rather than a newcomer.
"There's no particular actor that I would like to make my debut with. But I won't like to debut with someone very new. I'll prefer my co-star to have done at least one film...He could be a fresh face, but not really a debutant or newcomer," Narmmadaa told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
"A lot depends on the demand of the script...so until and unless that is ready, there's no point thinking about the co-actor," added the youngster who created a buzz when she made her first public appearance with Bollyood star and her dad's friend Salman Khan at the IIFA awards in 2007.
Though Narmmadaa has no personal favourites among the young male actors, she says her father keeps praising a whole lot of them.
"I have no preferences for any actor. But my dad sees all the new movies with new boys and says - 'Wah! Kamaal ka actor hai! (Wow! He is a fantastic actor)'. So he has his own favourites," she said.
Asked about her own debut film, she said: "We have just started scripting so it's a little too early to talk about it."
Her response came as a surprise especially since rumours of her debut have been doing the rounds since 2007. But the budding actress clears the air and says she has two projects in her kitty.
"This has been the biggest misconception. I was not starting any project in 2007. In fact, I was around 18 at that time and was pursuing an acting course from the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
"After that, I went to the London Film Institute as well and did a make-up course. So the entire process took over a year. And it's just now that I am beginning to do films."
Now that she is preparing for her debut, Narmmadaa says being a star kid has its own drawbacks.
"It's a major misconception people have that star kids have it easy. It becomes so much more difficult for a star kid because he or she is expected to be 'over perfect' due to the acting background. There are more expectations from us," she said.
To avoid any pitfalls, she is also taking special diction classes.
"I'm good at speaking Hindi and English. But I just want my diction to be perfect - so I took up these classes," said Narmmadaa, whose father Govinda speaks chaste Hindi.
Her father also keeps telling her to work hard every day.
"Dad keeps giving me lectures. He often tells me to work hard on my expressions and my dancing skills so that I can do well in future," she said.