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Sonam Kapoor: Biggest fear is not living up to my father's name

Being a star kid comes with its own advantages but actress Sonam Kapoor says it is a constant struggle to make her own mark while living up to the legacy of her father Anil Kapoor.

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

Sonam stars in an upcoming biopic "Neerja", the story of a young flight attendant, who was shot dead by terrorists while trying to save the lives of passengers on a hijacked flight.

The movie aims to inspire youth to be fearless and when asked what's her biggest fear, Sonam said, "I have a lot of fears but the biggest is not to live up to my father's name.

Everybody reminds me of this every day. I face this fear every day. People say, 'Oh she is Anil Kapoor's daughter. Is she?' "It is heartbreaking but at the same time it gives me strength because I love being my father's daughter and I don't want anyone to make me feel like it is a burden. He has worked very hard to give me everything that I want. My father has always worked for the family.

That's my fear," she said.

Sonam, 30, also recalled a conversation with actor Dhanush, her co-star in "Raanjhanaa", about the same and that affected her deeply.

"One day I sat down with Dhanush, who is a very close friend of mine. I heard something and it stayed with me for a very long time. The saying was that 'not much grows under a banyan tree,' he said.

"'Raanjhanaa' is a turning point in my life and after that, I try to shine bright to make my father proud and so that a shadow can grow under a banyan tree."

"Neerja", also starring Shabana Azmi, is directed by Ram Madhavani. It will release this Friday, February 19.

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