Sooraj Pancholi says Athiya Shetty is an important part of his life

Sooraj and Athiya have been childhood friends, and when one spots them out and about on the town, their chemistry is palpable and one can’t help but notice comfortable they are in each others’ company. Actor Sooraj Pancholi says Athiya Shetty is "an important part" of his life.

Athiya, who is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty, turned 24 on Saturday and Sooraj took to Twitter to wish her.

"Happy birthday you cartoon. Thank you for being such an important part of my life! Love you too much Athiya Shetty," tweeted Sooraj, who is the son of actor Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab.

Athiya will soon be seen sharing screen space with actors Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz in "Mubarakan", directed by Anees Bazmee.

- Suneela Kirloskar