Courtesy : Ananya Panday
It is not long ago when Ananya Panday paved way to a meme fest over her comments on Nepotism at the newcomers' round table conference with Rajeev Masand, that included new stars like Vishal Jethwa from Mardaani 2, Siddhant Chaturvedi from Gully Boy, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan from Soni, Abhimanyu Dassani from Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, and Saloni Batra from Soni.
Student Of The Year 2 star Ananya’s take on nepotism and her comparison of struggle to get a Dharma film or being on Koffee with Karan had not gone down well with people on the Internet who had mercilessly trolled her. In fact Gully Boy’s MC Sher aka Siddhant Chaturvedi too had a ‘bohot hard’ response to her as he had said: “Everyone has their own struggle. But difference yahi hai ki jahan hamare sapne poore hotein hai, wahan inka struggle shuru hota hai.”
Well, it looks like Ananya is back into the nepotism debate as she reignites the conversation in an episode of Starry Nights GEN Y. She says: "I still agree that we have an advantage and we get to meet people. We have easier access to people from the industry as we have grown up around them. But now that I've got that chance, it's unfair for me to waste it. I want to make my father proud."
She also goes on to cite examples of actors who have made it big in the industry despite not being from a filmy background. "There are so many examples of such talented people who have not come from the film background like Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma and then there are actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt who have come from film families and done so well. So, it all comes down to the audience," said the 21-year-old.
Further, Ananya also recalls her first-ever audition and reveals that she was rejected for it. "I remember when Aladdin had come to India, there were a bunch of people who auditioned. We had to record a video, which I did on my phone. I had worn this red outfit and had to read the dialogues for Jasmine. The scene went really well, but then they also asked us to sing and I can't sing to even save my life. So I really got rejected," she said.
Besides, when Ananya was asked about her biggest competition, she shared: "Janhvi Kapoor is my biggest competition in the film industry."
Meanwhile, on the work front, Ananya will be next seen alongside Ishaan Khatter in Khaali Peeli.