Bollywood actor Govinda's daughter Tina Ahuja, who is making her acting debut with 'Second Hand Husband', dismissed reports that her father had asked superstar Salman Khan for her launch into the industry.
Tina Ahuja. Pic/Yogen Shah
In 2007, Tina had accompanied Salman during the IIFA Awards, which had triggered speculations that she would enter Bollywood. There were also reports that Salman would launch her in "Dabangg", a 2010 blockbuster.
"It was said that my dad asked him (Salman) to launch me.
But it is not true. That was just a rumour. I was never going to be launched by him. It was all created by media," Tina told PTI in Mumbai.
Salman is known for promoting newcomers in Bollywood, including Katrina Kaif, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.
Since Salman launched actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi in "Dabangg", things had reportedly turned sour between him and Govinda.
When asked about Salman, the upcoming actress said, "I have met him (Salman) just two-three times. I was too shy to talk to him...I don't know what to talk to him. He is my father's friend, not mine."
Her debut film 'Second Hand Husband' is being directed by Smeep Kang and also stars Gippy Grewal, Dharmendra among others. It is set for a release on July 3.
Tina has expressed her desire to work with actors like Akshay Kumar and Hollywood star Tom Cruise.