What does Sara Ali Khan do? Wears her third-gen privilege proudly in Bollywood – ThePrint

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Sara Ali Khan is clearly a glowing advertisement for entitlement and privilege. She gets to say what she wants without fear, defend star children in public, and yet not require a Karan Johar to launch her unlike Alia Bhatt and Jahnvi Kapoor. The industry is abuzz with the first look of her forthcoming movie with Imtiaz Ali,Love Aaj Kal, but she is herself a buzz-creator, preferring to strike out on her own with a marketing and communication agency. Just look at her Instagram game and you will know.

Entitled she is, for sure, but Sara Ali Khan wears it less like a chip on the shoulder and more like the quirky cockatoo her mother Amrita Singh used to sport.

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain, said Harvey Dent inThe Dark Knight. In India, if you live long enough, the hero ends up romancing the heroines daughter. Its one of the accepted axioms of the Hindi film industry andevenif there is something creepy about it, no one likes to talk about it.

Well, not no one. Sara Ali Khancommented on itduring an interview withjournalistBarkha Dutt,saying,The audience wants older heroes to romance daughters of the heroines they used to work with. It is not fair to blame the heroes alone. When the viewers say that they dont want to see the hero for the 96th time, maybe they wont do such roles.

Sara Ali Khan isnt one to shy away from speaking her mind, no matter how controversial what she thinks is.

But thats not the only controversial thing the third-generation actor has said or done since she appeared on our screens as Muku in Abhishek Kapoors eminently forgettabledebut Kedarnath. Shes expressed herdesire to dateKartik Aryan on a career-defining episode ofKoffee With Karanandended updating him(before reportedly breaking up with him with equal speed). Shes talked at length about her problems with weight and PCOS(polycystic ovary syndrome). Shes made wearingsalwar-kameeza style statement. And she has defended star children with great determination,sayingthe access to powerful people within the industry comes with scrutiny from the public.

Althoughclearly trumped in thepoor little posh princessstakes by Ananya Pandey who whined on national television about how much her father Chunky Pandey had to struggle (so much that he has never made it to Karan JoharsKoffee with Karan),Sara Ali Khan is still a star of legacy, not struggle. Which is why she can still go strong after her debut film tanked. She is above and beyond the box office.

Also read: No sweaters and clichd romance: How Kedarnath lets Sara Ali Khan down

Part ofSara Ali Khans entitlement and privilege comes fromher lineage. Her maternal grandmother was Rukhsana Sultana, Sanjay Gandhis one-woman demolition squad during the Emergency, whomIndia Todayoncedescribedas a femme fatale. Her paternal grandmother is Sharmila Tagore, one ofIndiasleading actors and as Begum of Pataudi, one half of Bollywoodandcrickets original power merger.

Her mother is Amrita Singh, who had a short but successful career as a lead actor, and her father, Saif Ali Khan, nowinhis second marriage, is still going strong, having found a new lease of life withNetflixand indie cinema. Hiscurrent wife, actorKareena Kapoor Khan, connects Sara to yet another iconic family, the Kapoors, who have been entertaining Indians since Prithviraj Kapoorfirststepped on to the stage and screen.

So,not only is Sara Ali Khan comfortable with referring to herself in third person, her movie choices also make it clear that she wants to be a popular star.

So far, she has had a notable part inKedarnath, a decorative part in Rohit ShettysSimmba, and is awaiting the release of a romantic movie, Imtiaz Alis sequel to her fathers 2009 film of the same name,Love Aaj Kal.Also coming up: a role opposite Varun Dhawan in David Dhawans reprise ofCoolie No.I.Being part of remakes so early on in her career also opens her up to comparisons, in this case, ironically,withthe chemistry between her father Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in the originalLove Aaj Kalin 2009.

However, director Imtiaz Ali is all praises for the actress.Sara is a girl with extraordinary emotional intelligence. She is extremely talented, gifted and a very truthful actor. She is also a modern person and who can, in her career, change the mould of the conventional Indian heroine, Ali told ThePrint.

She is completely accessible and understands very quickly. I had the greatest time working with her and hope to work with her again and again.

But from the looks of the trailer, the film will do her no favours.

Also read: Omkara to Sacred Games to Tanhaji: Saif Ali Khan is always on the edge of tomorrow

Almost everythingSara Ali Khandoes makes news, whether she is giving fans a throwbacktourof Central Parkin New York(a favourite spot from her days as a student at Columbia University), or sharing herreactiontoafan trying to kiss her hand, orperformingPilates.

Abhishek Kapoor, who directed Sara in her first film, says he needed a powerful performer for the role. When I met her, she exuded a strong personality and a deep desire to achieve. From there it was about guiding her so she could dive deep into the part and bring it to life. She came with no experience and we went through numerous battles to help her strike the right note and learn the craft. Shes been unanimously accepted and that is our biggest victory. Shes just begun her career and has a long way to go but she has strong legs and an astute mind to go the distance, said Kapoor.

It doesnt hurt that she loves attention.And shes equally carefree.She postsphotos of herself intheMaldives onvacation. In fact, her Instagram game is on point, revealing just what she wants of her life, with appropriately witty or wise captionsfor New Years greetings,for instance, she chose the multicultural city of Kochi, andposted a picturefrom the temple or churchwith various religious emoticons. For her make-up routine, she had a little ditty complete with emojis.

Unusually for a star child too, she isnt waiting for the big co-actors and directors.Sara Ali Khan is charting her own glittery path in Bollywood.

The author is a senior journalist. Views are personal.

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