Soha Ali Khan talks about life as a star-kid

Being a star kid is not easy since there is immense pressure to perform and Soha Ali Khan couldn’t agree more. In an interview to IANS, when asked if the journey in Bollywood becomes easier for those who come from film families, Soha said "The short answer is no, because everyone is ready to compare you. Most people want to bring you down. So you will never be able to do well in those comparisons. It's very difficult to compete with a parent who has been a superstar."

However there is one plus point she says, which "It is all about getting an opportunity, but then you prove yourself," added Soha, who has been noticed for her work in films like "Rang De Basanti", "Khoya Khoya Chand", "Tum Mile", "Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" and "31st October".

"I'm a star kid and my mother is a superstar and my brother is a superstar, but I hope now people have understood it's not like I got this amazing solo heroine launch. And it has not been easy. It has been a struggle and I have seen lots of failure," added the actress, for whom movies like "Dil Kabaddi", "Tera Kya Hoga Johnny" and "Mr Joe B. Carvalho" didn't fetch great results.

On whether she is interested to work with her famous mother and sister, she says, "It's not for me to plan. A writer and director or producers have to come up with something that makes sense."

"I know it will be fun working with them in a film, but it has to be a sensible script. And again, I want a good role in the film," she added.

"Since the 1970s, we have been making commercial cinema and non-commercial cinema. There were big budget films and smaller films that I have also been a part of, where making a lot of money was not the primary objective. Cinema is supposed to be an art. But I feel that it has unfortunately become 100 per cent business," she said.

She says that it is all about the numbers now and that it is very important. "Now I feel the atmosphere has become such that you can only work in feature films if you are commercially viable and you would only be cast if you are commercially viable. So now, box office success does matter to me," she added.

Comparisons for the actress are a huge no-no,"You shouldn't compare yourself and your achievements with someone else's success. It's about what makes you content and I am really content."

She is not over ambitious as a person, "I don't want to be constantly working. I don't want to be in a rat race. I just want to do enough work to be financially independent and enjoy the kind of work I do," said the actress, who is married to actor Kunal Khemu.

- Suneela Kirloskar