Sonam Kapoor's Biggest Fear Is Not Living Up To Her Father's Name

15/02/2016 3:51 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 29: (Editor's Note: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor during an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HT Cafe-Hindustan Times, at their residence, in Juhu, on November 29, 2015 in Mumbai, India. During the interview, Sonam Kapoor said, 'No one knows my struggle. For instance, I just refuse to take my dad’s help.' On Film Reviews, Anil Kapoor said, 'I only read reviews either six months or a year later. At that time, I can look at them objectively.' This year really has been a good one for Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. While Sonam’s latest release has turned into a box office success, it has entered the Rs. 200 crore clubs. The performer has also shot to get a special picture on late flight attendant Neerja Bhanot. Meanwhile, Anil received rave reviews for his part in Dil Dhadakne Do. Now, the senior artiste is busy working on the second season of his TV show that is popular. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Being a star kid comes with its own advantages but actress Sonam Kapoor says it is a constant struggle to make her own mark while living up to the legacy of her father Anil Kapoor.

Sonam stars in an upcoming biopic Neerja, the story of a young flight attendant, who was shot dead by terrorists while trying to save the lives of passengers on a hijacked flight.

The movie aims to inspire youth to be fearless and when asked what's her biggest fear, Sonam said, "I have a lot of fears but the biggest is not to live up to my father's name.

Everybody reminds me of this every day. I face this fear every day. People say, 'Oh she is Anil Kapoor's daughter. Is she?'

"It is heartbreaking but at the same time it gives me strength because I love being my father's daughter and I don't want anyone to make me feel like it is a burden. He has worked very hard to give me everything that I want. My father has always worked for the family. That's my fear," she said.

Sonam, 30, also recalled a conversation with actor Dhanush, her co-star in Raanjhanaa (2013), about the same and that affected her deeply.

"One day I sat down with Dhanush, who is a very close friend of mine. I heard something and it stayed with me for a very long time. The saying was that 'not much grows under a banyan tree,' he said.

"Raanjhanaa is a turning point in my life and after that, I try to shine bright to make my father proud and so that a shadow can grow under a banyan tree."

Neerja, also starring Shabana Azmi, is directed by Ram Madhavani. It will release this Friday, 19 February.

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