Actress Athiya Shetty being second generation actors in Bollywood has its own advantages and disadvantages, reports news agency IANS. Athiya, daughter of actor Suniel Shetty, was launched by Salman Khan in Hero
(2015). She said that though "we get the first opportunity easily" but without talent "our career cannot last long." She told IANS: "There are advantages and disadvantages of being a star child. You see, I get a lot of love and appreciation from the elders of the film industry as well as from the media fraternity by default because of the goodwill that my father has earned. People waited for my debut. But at the same time, the biggest disadvantage of a star child is facing criticism of nepotism." Athiya is awaiting the release of Mubarakan
(releasing on July 28).
"We get the first opportunity easily, but we are in a profession where without talent and most importantly without audiences' appreciation, our career cannot last long," said Athiya, when asked about the nepotism in Bollywood.
Of her upcoming film Mubarakan
, which is directed by Anees Bazmee, Athiya said: "He is one of the focused directors who knows how to treat each character of the story with equal importance. There is no room for outdoing each other. It's everybody's film and lets his actor be free in front of the camera which was very important for me as a new actor."
Athiya also told IANS that she signed Mubarakan
: "Oh that has to be my first film that I signed on my 21st birthday. I signed it on November 5. That was like a double Mubarakan
. It was my new beginning as an actress. Hopefully, the journey continues."
(With IANS inputs)