- I get a lot of love from the film industry by default, said Athiya
- Facing criticism of nepotism is the biggest disadvantage, she added
- Athiya, daughter of Suniel Shetty, was launched by Salman Khan
"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 before Hero: "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)