The upcoming movie ‘Mirzya’ is being heavily promoted these days and its stars are out to drum up even more publicity for the film. The movie features two new faces of Bollywood though perhaps both actors cannot be called new to the industry. The male lead is played by Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is the son of Anil Kapoor and brother of Sonam Kapoor.
Saiyami Kher, who plays the female lead in the movie, was recently asked if there is an imbalance in amount of limelight that both actors are getting. Kher agreed that Harshvardhan Kapoor was getting the lion’s share of media attention.
“That’s bound to be. That’s natural. After all, he is the son of one of India’s great actors. Had I been a media person, I would have also been more interested in knowing about Harshvardhan because he is the son of a big star! I would have wanted to know about his childhood. In fact, I am also as excited as everyone else about Anil Kapoor’s son being launched,” she explained.
Of course, by this you might think that some non-industry newbie is competing with a star kid. That’s hardly the case here. Saiyami Kher is the granddaughter of Usha Kiran, and niece of Tanvi Azmi and Shabana Azmi.
Her first movie, the Telugu film ‘Rey’, released last year and Kher has been part of brand campaigns for Levis, Pantaloons, Lóreal, etc as well as being part of the Kingfisher calendar. However, the 24-year-old Kher says that acting was never part of the plan for her and that her parents tried to keep her away from the movie industry. Kher also stated that she finds this sudden fame “extremely overwhelming”.
When asked about her own film background, she said, “Shabana masi sent me a very sweet message before we started shooting. She said, ‘You are in very good hands. Have fun and it will show on screen. ’ Tanvi bua also said, ‘I’m there for you, whenever you need me.’ There were scenes for which I turned to her for suggestions. So, I feel lucky.”
Imagine the state Bollywood is in if star kids are complaining about other star kids getting preferential treatment. My sympathies lie with all those talented souls who are trying to make it in the industry without a single connection. You poor sods, you.
‘Mirzya’, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, will hit theaters on 7 October.