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Daisy Shah: I am proud to be Salman Khan’s protege, grateful for it

Race 3 actor Daisy Shah says that she no longer gets bothered when people say that Salman Khan launched her in the film industry; instead she feels proud to be called his protege.

bollywood Updated: May 31, 2018 18:31 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Daisy Shah will be seen in the upcoming film Race 3, also starring Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Actor Daisy Shah might have done just a handful of films, but she isn’t complaining. After being an assistant choreographer to Ganesh Acharya for a decade, she made her Bollywood debut in 2014 with the Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho, and followed it up with Hate Story 3 (2015). However, it’s her upcoming release, the multi-starrer Race 3, which Daisy is most excited about. She is hopeful that it will “let the audience see me in a different avatar.” In a candid conversation, she talks about her journey so far, career dilemma, turning down Bodyguard, and more.

To be one of the leads in an out-and-out commercial film like Race 3… has it been a long wait?

You can say that, but everybody has their own journey. Some make it real soon; some make it later. I took a little time, but eventually, I’ve reached my destination. That’s the goal, isn’t it?

You’ve been around for quite some time. Why didn’t many filmmakers cast you in main roles?

I would not blame anybody; there’s no point. My debut was delayed because it was my decision and my choice. And I believe in leaving things to time and, then, everything gets perfect.

Were you not sure of the career path you wanted to follow?

I was very uncertain of what I wanted to be after being an assistant choreographer. The next step would have been to be a choreographer. I like dancing but when it comes to conceiving steps, I can’t do that — brains and dance don’t really match in my case. I also realised that if I get into some other field, I’d have to start from scratch, which would have again taken another 7-8 years.

So, how did acting finally happen?

Being in the industry for so long, the next stop for me was modelling and thankfully, I got in touch with (actor) Salman Khan while shooting for Dabanng (2010). Later, he even offered me Bodyguard (2011), which I refused because of my own reasons. It was really gracious of him to ask me again for another film — Jai Ho and, now, Race 3.

Did you regret refusing Bodyguard?

Not really. I was offered Hazel Keech’s role (who played Kareena Kapoor Khan’s best friend in the film). I gave my reason that I come from a dancing background, which that role had nothing to do with. Though it was a really prominent role, when it comes to portraying talent, that particular character had not [much] to perform.

How do you react when people say that Salman Khan launched you in the film industry?

I don’t bother. I honour their words. I am proud to be Salman’s protege and am very grateful for that.

During the phase when you struggled, were there any casting couch incidents you faced?

I wouldn’t deny that it doesn’t happen but, luckily, I haven’t been through it. I’ve never needed a casting director, honestly.

After Race 3, are you hoping for more work to come your way?

I can’t say that more work will be offered, but as a person and actor, I hope that more doors open for me and people look up to me as someone who can deliver.

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First Published: May 31, 2018 18:31 IST