She made her Bollywood acting debut in 2015 with superstar Salman Khans production “Hero” and will next be seen sharing screen space with actor-producer Anil Kapoor. Actress Athiya Shetty says its very important to fear failure.

“It would be naive if I said that I don’t fear failure. But it is very important. My father (actor Suniel Shetty) has always told me… even before entering the industry. He said that ‘I know you will be able to handle success, but will you be able to handle failure’ And you have to do it with dignity. You have to be humble at that time as well’,” Athiya told IANS here.

The 23-year-old actress, whose debut film got a mixed response from critics, said everybody has ups and downs. “So, it’s important to understand and be realistic about that. I am realistic about both (success and failure),” she added.

Asked if there is any struggle for star children, Athiya said: “I think the struggle is different. We get a platform. Star children have that reach, where you get the opportunity to meet people, but that doesn’t mean that we get it easy because once you get a launch, it’s up to you on what you do about it.”

“Once you enter (the industry), you have to kind of prove your worth and talent,” she added.

The ambassador of make-up brand Maybelline New York was recently linked up to Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor. Do link-up rumours affect the hard work and dedication of

an actor’

“No. It’s part and parcel of the industry. With good comes bad. I think it’s just a part of the industry, so I am aware of the things that come about. So, yes, it’s okay. At the end of the day, it’s your performance that will speak and your hard work will always win,” she said.

The actress will next be seen in “Mubarakan”, helmed by Anees Bazmee.

Talking about the film, Athiya said: “I think that is the entire charm of the film. It’s confusion, fun and crazy. It is just a mad wedding and because the entire country is invited, it’s going to be more special.”

“Mubarakan” also stars Anil, Arjun and Ileana D’Cruz. Does Athiya fear getting overshadowed by her co-stars’ “Not at all. I don’t feel there is a big or small role in the film.

It’s just about how you perform and what you bring to the table. Everyone is secure in their own skin and space, and I am fortunate to share screen space with Anil Kapoor,

Ileana and Arjun.”

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

By Durga Chakravarty

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