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No one messes with her

Soha Ali Khan, who made her debut in Dil Maange More, talks about the advantage of being Pataudi's and Sharmila Tagore's daughter



Soha Ali Khan: `No one even dares to come to me with an awkward script or roles that are demeaning.' — Photo: S. Subramanium

YOU SHOULD credit her for a balanced approach to her diction in Hindi, Urdu and English. She owes much of it to her father — she is anyway more a papa's baby than a mamma's girl. "My father preferred to speak in Urdu with us and corrected our diction. I studied for four years in England, and my mother kept me abreast of Hindi, the nuances of which she imbibed from working in Hindi films," Soha Ali Khan recalls. In her debut film, Dil Maange More, Soha plays the love interest of Shahid Kapoor. "A small town girl who wants to make it big in life, so she lands in Mumbai to become an air hostess, but finally realises her folly and goes back to her man," says Soha about her role.

One might find Soha a little stiff in the film, especially when it comes to dancing, but she 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." 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.

She claims that she is "going great guns as far as film offers are concerned". She says that her background is a great asset and an advantage in the big, bad world of films. "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 film, another comedy caper.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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