Kedarnath actress Sara Ali Khan says she isn’t competing with actress Janhvi Kapoor, who made her Bollywood debut with Dhadak earlier this year.
During the film’s trailer launch here on Monday, Khan was asked if she feels the pressure to win the Best Debutant Award over Kapoor this year.
“All of us are here to do our job and no one can decide anything on what is going to happen next,” Khan said. “I think she has done a fantastic job in Dhadak. I watched the film and I loved it. People loved her work. I hope people will like my work too.”
Coming from a family of actors that includes not only her parents — Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh — but also grandmother Sharmila Tagore and aunt Soha Ali Khan, the young actress said that initially, her parents emphasised that she must finish her studies before entering Bollywood.
“My father wanted me to finish my studies before entering the film industry. My parents were supportive all through [for me] to work in films, but education was a priority. But when I heard the story of Kedarnath, I loved the script so much that... nobody could have stopped me from doing the film. I was in love with the story. So they also did not stop me, and rather supported it,” Khan said.
In Kedarnath, Khan plays a Hindu woman from Uttarakhand who falls in love with a Muslim man, played by Sushant Singh Rajput, during the journey to Kedarnath, a Hindu pilgrim centre.
Asked about her mother’s view on her performance, Khan said: “I think it would be very difficult for my mom to be unbiased because I am her baby. She will love everything that I do. I also look like her, so you know, she wishes me the best and she hopes that the audience loves my work.”
Kedarnath will release in India on December 7, and Khan will then soon be seen in another film, the Ranveer Singh-led Simmba, which will hit screens in India on December 28.
Is she feeling any pressure?
“Yes, we can say that there is a pressure because two films are [in a] row, but there are some advantages also which I cannot deny. I have got two films and I am really lucky to ask for work from filmmakers like Abhishek Kapoor sir and Rohit Shetty sir. I have tried my level best to justify the opportunity,” Khan said.
Asked what tips she got from Kareena Kapoor Khan, her father’s current wife, Khan said: “Kareena is a very professional lady and the way she works with so much dedication is very amazing. So I would love to imbibe her professionalism.”
“I stay with my mom so she tells me what to wear on which occasion and keeps giving me tips on how to take care of myself.”