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“Tiger Shroff was so humble in school. He still is,” says Athiya Shetty

Actor Athiya Shetty talks about her father Sunil Shetty, about working with Sooraj Pancholi and her first movie.

brunch Updated: Dec 15, 2015 14:39 IST
Athiya Shetty,Hero,Sooraj Pancholi
(Photo by Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

If you weren’t an actress, you would have been...

... probably a waitress in a café in New York.

What was your first reaction when you learnt that you’d been selected for Hero (2015)?

I did a happy dance!

What was working with Sooraj Pancholi like?

He was like my best friend.

How did your parents react to your decision of becoming an actress?

They were very supportive and happy.

Do you think star kids have it easy or do they have to work really hard to prove their worth?

Nobody has it easy. At the end of the day, only your hard work and talent can get you places, not your surname.

Another film you would have loved to debut with.

I would pick Hero over any other film.

Which of your father’s films have you really enjoyed watching?

Hera Pheri (2000)! Even today, I laugh so much, my stomach hurts.

Is he a strict or a doting father?

He’s totally a doting father. I don’t think he can ever yell at my brother or me. But he ensured that we were always well behaved.

Who are you closest to in your family?

My brother, Ahan.

The best dressed actor in Bollywood.

Ranbir Kapoor.

Little black dress or a black sari?

Sari. I love Indianwear.

The directors you really want to work with.

Imtiaz Ali and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Your style icons in Bollywood today.

Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.

If you had to wear one fashion brand for life, what would it be?


What does it feel like to be one of the youngest stars in the industry?

I’m very fortunate to be in Bollywood at this time because it’s evolving and women are finally getting their due.

You were schoolmates with Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor. What are the best things about both of them?

Shraddha was good at everything. I really admired her in school. And Tiger was so humble, and still is.

Which Hollywood actor inspires you?

Angelina Jolie. She’s such a strong woman.

Favourite co-star for a romantic film?

Ryan Gosling!

Three skincare products you can’t live without.

Baby Lips lip balm, sunblock and face wash.

What makes your day?

Yummy food.

What spoils it?


An item number you would love to do?

I can’t match up to the numbers that have already been done, so would prefer a new one!

Your fitness regime.

It is a balance of a proper diet and weight training five days a week.

Who do you look upto for advice?

My mom.


My favourites

Cuisine: Japanese

Bollywood movie:Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Holiday spot: London

Bollywood Khan: Salman Khan

Song: Agar Tum Saath Ho from Tamasha (2015)

From HT Brunch, December 14

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First Published: Dec 15, 2015 14:39 IST