Ananya Panday reveals that Shahrukh Khan’s advice helped her a lot in her acting career and had a positive impact on her acting
Student Of The Year 2 star Ananya Panday is best friends with Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan even before her debut in Bollywood. While Ananya has taken her first step towards her dream, Suhana Khan is in the making. Recently in conversation about acting at Jio Mami Movie Mela, Actress Ananya Panday shared her views on acting and revealed that Shahrukh Khan was and will always be a mentor for her.
“I just feel very comfortable doing what I do. I love that I’m able to be myself,” Ananya Panday
“We need to stop imitating the West and looking there for inspiration. We have so many great stories to tell and such great talent to tell it,” Ananya said.
Bollywood celebs, Janhvi Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur, Radhika Madan and Avinash Tiwary were also a part of the conversation about acting, Ananya said she loved the fact that the job allowed her be herself.”I just feel very comfortable doing what I do. I love that I’m able to be myself,” she said, adding that she wanted to do Alia Bhatt’s role in “Gully Boy”.
However, she finds crying on the screen very hard.”I used to try and imagine someone I know dying, but it didn’t really help. Shah Rukh Khan then advised me to not imagine someone’s death, but to imagine my life without that person. That made a big difference. It worked.”
The actress believes, “what’s meant to be yours will come to you”.”So what if I didn’t get a role; a better person got it. I don’t let it get me down; I move on,” she said.
But, this is not the first time when Ananya Panday has been all praises about the superstar. In an interview during the promotions of Student Of The Year 2, Ananya Panday revealed that Shah Rukh was one of her first mentors. Shah Rukh Khan was among the first people who encouraged the three friends to realise their dreams.
Chunky Panday’s darling daughter said, “We have done some really weird things. Shah Rukh sir always used to encourage us and do photoshoots with us. He would take our videos and make us feel like we are the best actors. He would show them to everyone and say, ‘Look what they did’.”
Talking about the strangest place where she has been spotted and recognised by fans, Ananya said: “Many places — in the bathroom, in the middle of traffic, in the middle of a shot. Once, while I was shooting, this guy with a camera started running behind me, and the shot that was captured had both of us in the frame.”