Soni Razdan: Unfair to expect Alia, Shaheen to be as successful as father Mahesh Bhatt
Actor-director Soni Razdan and husband filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt have told daughters Alia and Shaheen Bhatt to work hard to find their true calling and not be bound by expectations.bollywood Updated: Jun 23, 2017 18:01 IST
Actor-director Soni Razdan feels that it’s unfair when star kids are burdened with expectations from everyone around them. Talking about how people expect her daughters, Alia Bhatt (24) and Shaheen Bhatt (29), to shine just because they have a famous father, Mahesh Bhatt, Soni says it puts unnecessary pressure on them. She shares that both she and her husband have always told their daughters to go with the flow to find their true calling.
“It’s tough for a child to deal with expectations that people have, if they have a successful parent. A child often fails to cope with the same, and constantly tries to find out possible ways to excel — just to live up to the name. Alia and Shaheen have a smart father and have got good genes. But it’s not fair that people expect them to do as well as their father. Everyone is different and each has to create his or her own path, irrespective of who their parents are,” says Soni, who has acted in films such as Saaransh (1984), Sadak (1991), Monsoon Wedding (2001) and Patiala House (2011). She is currently seen in the daily show Love Ka Hai Intezaar.
Soni adds that Alia has carved her own path and is moving out of the shadow of her father. “With the kind of work she is doing, Alia has become independent in her own way. We are happy about her achievements,” she says.
However, Soni feels that it’s her elder daughter, Shaheen, who has to deal with the maximum pressure in terms of expectations. “Compared to Alia, it’s little more difficult for Shaheen, as she has a famous father and a famous sibling too. So, I always tell my daughters to not to pay much heed to these expectations and give more importance to their dreams. They should keep working hard and find their own talent,” adds Soni.
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