Soha Ali Khan, the latest mommy in the B’town is all set to launch her book,’The Perils of Being Moderately Famous’. Soha’s debut book is being published by Penguin India and will hit the shelves by next month. The actor turned author has talked about her moderately famous status in Bollywood and how it feels staying in a family full of Industry’s big names.
Soha is the daughter of legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore. She is the sister of Bollywood actor, Saif Ali Khan and is the sister-in-law of B’town diva, Kareena Kapoor Khan.
While talking to PTI, Soha opened up about her not-so-famous journey and a family full of celebrities, she said:
“I belong to a family of superstars. My parents achieved the highest level of success in their respective professions. My brother is a very successful actor, my sister-in-law is a superstar. Even Taimur (her nephew) was trending on Twitter even before he opened his eyes. There are all sorts of famous personalities. For most part of my life I was completely non-famous. My only identity was, I was a sibling or a daughter to these other famous people.”
The actor turned author is aware of the disadvantages of being moderately famous. Talking about the same, Soha said:
“You’re recognised but a lot of people don’t know your name but they’ll know your sister-in-law’s. ‘Oh we are big fans of Kareena Kapoor,’ they’d say. I have spoken a little bit about what that feels like, whether good or bad. I’ve also joked with people who’ve stopped me and said ‘Are you Saif Ali Khan’s sister? Can we have a picture?’ and I’ve said ‘only if you can tell what my name is’.”
However, the ‘Rang De Basanti’ star does not regret it at all.
“Absolutely not… One shouldn’t get upset by all of this. This is a huge part of my identity which I’ve embraced – I’ve got a lot of security, comfort, warmth and respect out of being who I am, the things I didn’t earn but my parents did.”
Just like other star kids, Soha has been compared with her mother time and again. She believes that it is almost impossible to get away with the family’s image and she is absolutely okay with it.
“My first review, I remember, people said, ‘She looks her mother but acts like her father’. My father said, ‘I don’t know what that means. I am a very good actor’. He had done a lot of advertisements in the past! People expect you to do big-budget films or the kind of films that may be my mother did. But when you want do something else, may be it can be difficult to break away and do your own thing. Now it has been 12-13 years, so it’s easy for me to look back with objectivity, humour find talk about the challenges.”
The idea behind writing this book was to change people’s perspective towards star kids. It took Soha eight months to complete this book and she is positive about it that it will help people understand her better.