Ananya Pandey Says Alia Bhatt Has Always Been Her Idol

Debutant Ananya Pandey hopes to grow into a versatile artist like her role model, Alia Bhatt some day. The 20-year-old actor is gearing up to make her big Bollywood debut this Friday with Dharma Production’s Student of the Year 2, a sequel to the 2012 film, Student of the Year, through which Alia Bhatt made her debut. In a promotional event for her movie, she told PTI,

“I look up to Alia so much. She has always been my idol. When she came in with ‘Student…’ she was raw and fresh and people saw her grow. I’ve been inspired by her growth.”

The daughter of the veteran actor, Chunky Pandey, plays the role of Shreya in the SOTY 2, which is directed by Punit Malhotra. The film also features Tiger Shroff and debutant Tara Sutaria. Ananya says that her character in the film is similar to her real-life self. She says,

“She is very much like how I am as a person. She’s passionate, loud and expressive. She is a fighter and doesn’t take no for an answer. She is someone young girls can look up to and relate with.”

The actor also shared that she has played the role with full honesty and hopes that the audience watches her transform into a better performer. She says,

“I was extremely honest in playing this role and I hope people see that. As Shreya is very close to the person that I am, it just amplified because in a Dharma Productions film, everything is larger-than-life. I have not been trained formally any way before.”

She added,

”So all of these experiences were my first. Everything I did was impulsive. I was making mistakes and you would see that. I would like the audience to watch me grow. I don’t want to be perfect from the start. I don’t want to know everything, that’s so boring. I want people to see me make mistakes and learn from them.”

Even before the release of her debut first film, Ananya has already booked her second project, Pati Patni Aur Woh. It also features Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Padnekar. The actress is looking forward to working in the film, a modern take on the original, that starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, and Ranjeeta Kaur.

“I’m excited about it. After having seen my dad do so much in comedy, I know I have a legacy to live up to. Also, it’s a fresh casting. At a young age, I’m playing a slightly older character which will be interesting for me,” she told.

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