Sunil Shetty is an anxious father. His daughter, Athiya is shooting for her debut film, a remake of the 1983 superhit, Hero. He has been fervently praying that things go well for her career but he is piqued by people who snigger that his daughter had it easy.
The actor argues, “My daughter might get a first break because of me. But if she is not good on screen and does not perform the way she is expected to, it is going to be a tough journey for her. It will be probably tougher for her than other kids who are trying to make it.”
Suniel has had a chequered career and after a successful innings has had a series of recent professional setbacks, so he believes forewarned is forearmed. He tells his kids “I know you will be able to handle success, but are you prepared to face the Friday which is not good?”
The agonised father conveys to them the mantra for surviving in B-town: “You have to know your art; you have to know your talent. You have to believe that you can make it, and respect every person in this profession.”
Besides an acting course in the United States, Athiya has done workshops with well known casting director Mukesh Chhabra. Suniel’s son Ahaan is also likely to join the film industry.
- Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Bollywood News Service