Watching your child grow up and become successful is a proud moment for any parent, and if it happens to be in their own field of work, then no doubt, the joy is doubled. Naturally, it's no different in Bollywood, and regardless your personal opinions about star kids, the fact remains that if a star kid has made it, her/his parent is obviously goin to feel extremely proud, and they can't be denied that. Chunky Panday is no different as his face lights up whenever the topic of Ananya Panday's film career till now is broached. However, that hasn't always been the case and there were times when Chunky gave Ananya Panday some invaluable career advice, borne out of the anxiety of whether the audience would accept her not.
Opening up on the advice he had given Ananya Panday, Chunky Panday said, “See, she's young and bound to make mistakes, there's no doubt about it. Now, what is a mistake? – selection can never be a mistake because when you select a movie, 400 people are with you who make the film, so you never know what is gonna work and what is not gonna work. What I've always told her is to not imitate anyone else, like just because they did a film with someone, I'll also do one and that picture would be a hit – it doesn't work that way. If someone made a flop, it could be that that individual makes the biggest hit with you. So, listen to your heart and be excited about something because that is when it'll work. Over-calculating could make someone go very wrong.”
Revealing some of the anxieties he had when she had entered the industry, he added, “I was never worried if my name would be associated with her because let's face it, I'm not such a big star. Hoever, I was scared whether my daughter would be accepted or not (by the audience). Every star's kid is either accepted or not accepted. The audience has to like the person and accept the person as in she's our girl, Ananya is a part of us, like a hero is accepted – he's our hero. Similarly, it needed to be like she's our heroine. I wanted her to be accepted and that was my only fear because so many come and some get accepted while some do not. But, touchwood luckily, people liked and accepted her after her performance – not only in her first film (Student of the Year), but they really, really appreciated her for her second film, Pati Patni Aur Woh, as well. So, I keep telling her to do good work and get the love of the people because that's the most important thing for an actor.”
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Well, it looks like all his advice paid off and none of his anxieties came true, what say?
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