Newcomers are always under the pressure to prove themselves when they are out to make their debut. While the struggle is always more for an outsider, the pressure and conversation around the star kids is also always there. Now, when there is roundtable discussion with the most promising newcomers of the year, this conversation was bound to happen.

The Newcomer’s Roundtable with Rajeev Masand had actors Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vishal Jethwa, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Abhimanyu Dassani and Saloni Batra in conversation. Here, when asked about her being a ‘star kid’, Ananya said that she is fortunate to be able to do what she loves and doesn’t take it for granted, while Siddhant explained how the struggle is different for outsiders and children belonging to the industry.

Talking about how she sees her career, Ananya said:

When SOTY 2 got delayed by a year, my dad actually didn’t even congratulate me till the film released because that’s how fickle the industry is. That’s how dispensable people are. Anything can happen, it can get shelved, it can release after years and he knows that. Mine has been a lot of personal experience, I have seen my dad go through so many things that I don’t take anything too seriously. I overcompensate sometimes. I am so scared that people may say that ‘oh you are taking things too lightly’ so I will come extra early to places. I am so happy that I have this chance.

About her dad, Chunky Panday also being an actor, she elaborated:

I have always wanted to be an actor. Just because my dad has been an actor, I will never say no to an opportunity to act. My dad has never been in a Dharma film, he never went on Koffee With Karan. So it’s not as easy as people say. Everyone has their own journey and their own struggle.

Adding to this, Siddhant said that while the struggle is real for everyone, it only really starts for the star kids after they have achieved their dream to act.

He said:

The difference is, jahaan humare sapne poore hote hain, wahi inka struggle shuru hota hai (their struggle begins where our dreams are fulfilled).

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