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Soha Ali Khan became an actress against her parents’ will

Soha Ali Khan, daughter of actress Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansour Ali Khan Pataudi, says that she became an actress against the will of her parents.

The decision of becoming an actress came as a shock to her actor and brother Saif Ali Khan.


When I was 25, I went against my parent’s will and my brother was terrified,” Khan, now 34, said here while interacting with students during a ‘Follow Your Heart’ campaign on Friday.

“He said, ‘Parents will now blame me because you came and lived with me in Mumbai, you had a perfectly decent job in a bank and it’s my influence. And you better explain to them that it is your choice!’ Which I did,” she added.

Soha Ali Khan is a graduate from the Oxford University and holds a masters degree from the London School Of Economics and Political Science but she chose the field of acting in 2004.



She also admits that she never dreamt of becoming an actress or to follow in the footsteps of her mother and brother but her love for theatre drove her towards the industry.

“I didn’t think that I wanted to be an actor and actually I really wanted to do something different. I thought if I would become an actor, everyone would compare me to my brother and mother and say that she chose the easy way. [But] I couldn’t help myself, I loved theatre, I loved acting,” said Khan, who made her debut with Dil Maange More opposite Shahid Kapoor.

“Everytime I would cry, I would run to the mirror and watch myself cry like an actor’s scene from the film. So I thought there is a part of me that wants to do it. I tried till I was 25 not to do it, and I said I am going to do something different,” she added.

Khan was praised for her performance in her last release, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns. The actress will next be seen in war comedy War Chod Na Yar  and Chaarfutiya Chhokare.

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