While nepotism in Bollywood has always been discussed, the conversation gained momentum, especially after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Amid social media outrage, star kids and Bollywood biggies faced the heat of the Netizens. Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar among others were at the receiving end of criticism and online hatred. Now, Chunky Panday has addressed the nepotism debate and during an interview, he said Ananya Panday being labeled a ‘star kid’ makes him feel like a star despite him being out of work since the 90s. He said he is only seeing the positive aspects of it.
Chunky Panday, while speaking to Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra said that he only chose multi-starrer films as they had been working for him. “And then came a time after 1993-1994 that multi-starrer films stopped being made. They just went on to solo heroes, it's like musical chairs happening and suddenly the music stops and I don't have a chair to sit on, so I was literally out of work,” he said. Standing up for his daughter Ananya Panday he said, “First of all I'm glad they are calling her a star-kid so that makes me a big star. I'm seeing the positive sides to it. I keep telling her 'You know exactly how you got here.”
He said that he always wanted Ananya to be a doctor, as both of his parents were doctors and he himself tried but couldn’t become one. He mentioned that when Ananya was 15, she told him that she wanted to get into movies, so Chunky Panday asked her to finish her graduation first.
Stating how Ananya’s success is hard-earned, he said that before Ananya headed to college in L.A, she auditioned for Student of the Year 2 and she did a couple of auditions. He asked Ananya what she wants to do, and she had replied that she really wanted to do this film.
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