Born on March 10, 1993, Pranutan Bahl is the daughter of actor couple Mohnish and Ekta Sharma. Hailing from a family belonging to film fraternity, Pranutan is the fifth generation in the industry. Her great-great-grandmother Rattan Bai was an actress-singer, her great-grandmother Shobhna Samarth was an actor-director-producer, her grandmother Nutan is considered one of the finest actors that Bollywood witnessed. Nutan's sister Tanuja, who is also an actress, is Pranutan's grandmother, and Kajol and Tanisha are her aunts. (All photos/Pranutan and Aarti Bahl's Official Instagram account)
Pranutan considers Nutan as her idol. "My grandma passed away in 1991, before I was born. We have recorded all her films. My favourites are Sujata (1959) and Bandini (1963). In fact, I learned acting by watching her films," she told mid-day in an interview.
Pranutan, who is a double graduate in law, is set to follow in her illustrious family's footsteps by making her debut in the upcoming romantic drama Notebook. It is not surprising that Salman Khan, a close friend of her father-actor Mohnish Bahl, has taken the youngster under his wing.
In an industry that is infamous for being nepotistic, detractors may believe that she had an easy journey from the audition hall to the big screen. But that's not the case. "I don't believe in this concept of getting opportunities based on anything but your deserving criteria. I don't understand this logic. If there is a process, which is that you want to be an actor, there are thousands of casting offices in Mumbai," said the 26-year-old actress.
Talking about how she bagged Notebook, that will be produced by Salman Khan Films (SKF), Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde, Pranutan said, "I was called for an audition after the makers saw my pictures. It was a long audition that lasted over four hours. After 18 days, I got a call that I had been selected."
Further making a striking comment, Pranutan said, "Go to those offices and see if you are worthy of being in front of the camera. Just because it's in your lineage and in your genes, it doesn't mean that there is an entitlement. Even if you get that opportunity because of your connection, what's going to happen in your second and third film? The talent has to be squeezed out. I have never done that. I have never told my dad till date to make a call for me, whether it's for an audition or a meeting or anything else."
Given her impressive lineage, sky-high expectations have already surrounded Pranutan Bahl. However, she is undeterred by the inevitable comparisons that will follow. She said in an interview, "My parents have taught me to be honest to my work. I know that there will be certain expectations. I promise to work hard to garner the same love and admiration that the audiences showered on my grandmother and father."
Pranutan Bahl always wanted to become an actor. "I always knew movies were my calling. I did believe that completing my education up to a certain point was important. But I knew that I would end up in films," she said.
Though Pranutan was a lawyer by profession, her passion for acting led her to not pursue law and choose acting.
Despite having family support, Pranutan did not choose the easy way. She did a photo shoot and gave a lot of auditions like any other struggling actor.
You will be surprised to know that during her auditioning period, many people did not know that Pranutan belonged to a film background as she doesn't use her surname. When the team of Notebook eventually got to know about it, everyone was surprised by Pranutan's modest behaviour.
While Pranutan is playing a die-hard romantic character in Notebook, she is not exactly like that in real life. Even if she loves someone, she claims that she is not very expressive about to the person, and she doesn't know how to be. "My form of love will be, 'Are you okay?' 'Have you eaten?' 'Have you reached home?' and stuff like that. I am not into like, 'Let's watch a movie every Friday.' Although I love it and I wish I could be. I love it when people do that, but it's not something that I can do. I think it's very cute to give someone a rose. I wish I was expressive," she said in an interview.
We must say, Pranutan is truly setting examples for all the newbies coming from an influential background in the film industry. Great going girl!
Here's wishing all the luck to Pranutan for her debut and future endeavours.
Granddaughter of Nutan, daughter of Mohnish Bahl, niece of Kajol, Pranutan Bahl is ready to take their legacy ahead as she forays into the movies with Notebook. Here's taking a look at some candid pictures of Pranutan!