Soniya Mehra, daughter of veteran actor Vinod Mehra, on the eve of her debut, interviewed by Bhawna Gera.
Why the remake of Victoria No 203 for a debut?
Remakes have a huge audience. While the older generation likes to see how the film has been remade, the younger lot likes to watch a good plot in a contemporary style. I was in Saira Banu's shoes. I watched the original film eight times to get my act right.
Was getting the right accent tough since you've been brought up abroad?
Three Hindi teachers helped me to get my accent right. Thanks to them, I've dubbed my own lines of dialogue.. which many newcomers don't.
Who are your role models?
I want to be like Rani Mukherji and Madhuri Dixit. They can play all kinds of roles with ease and élan.
Is it difficult to be a star daughter?
I'm proud of my father, Vinod Mehra. I know the comparisons are inevitable but I'd be happy if people feel that I'm half as good as he was.