Vastavam web: Despite hailing from an illustrious family, Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan says she has lived most of her life in the shadows of the arclights than basking in their glory.The actor, who has turned author with her debut book, “The Perils of Being Moderately Famous”, says being a recognisable public figure, one’s experiences can be both equally frustrating and amusing.”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.”
Soha, however, is aware that being moderately famous has its own disadvantages.”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.”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,” she says.
Talking about constant comparisons with her mother as a actor, Soha says being a star kid, it is one of those things that cannot be controlled.”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!””Now it has been 12-13 years, so it’s easy for me to look back with objectivity, humour find talk about the challenges.” Soha says she hopes the book – which took her eight months write – would help clear people’s misconceptions about her.