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Matters of heart

Soha Ali Khan finally makes her debut in Hindi films in "Dil Maange More", released this past week. In New Delhi to promote her film, she tells us the advantage of being Mansur Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore's child.

Photo S. Subramanium.

Soha Ali Khan in New Delhi. Photo S. Subramanium.

YOU MIGHT credit her for a balanced approach on her diction in Hindi, Urdu and English. She owes it to her father - she is anyway more a papa's baby than a mom's child. "My father preferred to speak in Urdu with us that corrected our Urdu diction, I studied for four years in England, and my mother kept me abreast with Hindi language which she imbibed from working in Hindi films," Soha Ali Khan recalls in New Delhi. She is in town to promote her debut in Hindi film Dil Maange More.

Soha plays the love interest of Shahid Kapoor in the film. "A small town girl who wants to make big in life, so she lands in Mumbai to become an air hostess but finally realises her folly and goes back to her man," Soha explains her role.

One might find Soha a little stiff in the film, especially when it comes to dance but Soha pleads, "I am a newcomer, still unaware of Hindi film nuances," adding, that despite her being Sharmila's daughter, one shouldn't draw comparisons with her. "She is a seasoned actress and I have to learn a lot," she says. And she did learn, say for instance, the movement of eyebrows, giving pause between her dialogues, dance steps and wearing make-up for specific scenes from her mother.

Though she claims that she is "going great guns as far as film offers are concerned, and she doesn't have to be much choosy because she draws advantage from the decent approach of the filmmakers. "Knowing my family background, no one even dares to come to me with an awkward script or roles that are demeaning for an actress. I feel very proud and safe that way," chuckles Soha who however feels that her strong academic background is her strength. "I can always fall back on my academics, just in case, I'm not able to make it here... ," she says.

Her next venture is David Dhawan's out and out comedy.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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