"I have also known Aryan Khan since I was a kid."
Ahan Shetty has said that Aryan Khan has been his only star kid friend since childhood.
The upcoming actor, who is the son of Suniel Shetty, said that he did not have many Bollywood friends growing up.
Speaking to television host Siddharth Kannan during a recent interview, Shetty junior explained:
“Even though dad is in the industry, we never really grew up in this environment.
“Also, we lived in South Bombay, I was in the American School of Bombay.
“Dad also has a lot of friends and gets immense respect from them.
“But we were never like a Bollywood family.”
However, the 25-year-old noted that he has known Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son for many years.
He continued: “But I have also known Aryan Khan since I was a kid.
“I was in the American School of Bombay, he was in the Ambani School.
“We used to meet on the field outside.”
Ahan Shetty had been speaking amid the release his debut film, Tadap (2021), in which he stars opposite Tara Sutaria.
Also featuring his father, Suniel Shetty, the drama thriller hit cinemas on December 3, 2021.
It tells the story of two star-crossed lovers whose passionate relationship is threatened by unforeseen circumstances.
Ahan Shetty went on to add that he has only now began making friends within the film industry.
He said: “I think only recently, I have made a few friends, you know, Ranbir Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar, Bunty Ahluwalia, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, all of them.”
The actor also mentioned that he went to the same school as Tiger Shroff:
“I was in the same school as Tiger and I used to see him perform and he was always an inspiration.
“Now, getting into the industry, he has set the bar quite high in the industry in both action and dance.
“I really look up to him.”
Speaking of his son’s entry into Bollywood, Suniel Shetty said:
“As a parent, it does feel like Ahan’s birthday.
“He is stepping into a new world, where receiving acceptance is actually a long way.
“I am praying that my son gets accepted in showbiz.”
“So far, the trailers and the songs are doing extremely well. People have been showering with so much love and support.
“But yeah, as a parent, I am anxious too.”
“I am looking forward to this budding new actor.
“I have seen the film, I am happy with it, but yeah, Ahan’s happiness matters the most to me.”