“Student, theatre lover, future star”
SRK’s daughter Suhana Khan could be making her Bollywood debut soon!
The star kid, who is currently studying in the UK, has been tipped to enter the film industry for quite some time.
Rumours first circulated of Khan junior’s Bollywood aspirations when she was spotted at an audition location in Mumbai.
However, the 18-year-old has now confirmed her acting ambitions in an interview with Vogue India.
Suhana told the fashion magazine that she has wanted to be an actress for a very long time:
“I don’t think there was any one moment when I decided. Since I was young, I’d do all these accents and impressions,” she said.
“But my parents only realised I was serious about acting when they saw a performance of mine for the first time. I was playing Miranda in a school performance of The Tempest.”
While the news will excite many of the young star’s fans, Suhana admits that Bollywood is not her first priority at the moment.
In fact, she hopes to complete her studies first. Her next step will be to study acting at university.
Interestingly, doting father Shahrukh also agrees that his daughter should finish her studies first before making her film debut.
The Kal Ho Na Ho star has reportedly told his daughter that she needs to be a “good-enough actor” rather than coming across as a privileged star:
“Suhana’s not working towards a promise of being cast, she’s working towards being an actor, and she knows that,” he tells Vogue.
That said, Suhana’s magazine debut on one of the biggest publications around is an interesting power move.
While Indian media may have never considered the younger Khan to be a fashion icon, being on the cover of Vogue India for their August 2018 cover will probably change our perceptions of the star kid.
On the cover, the young star looks poised and confident in an Emilio Pucci dress.
Her soft curls were styled by Yianni Tsapatori and make-up artist Namrata Soni maintained a minimalist approach making Suhana’s look chic and modern.
Vogue India’s official Instagram page was excited to share the picture of their August 2018 cover girl.
However, they had to quickly disable their comments as the picture started to receive quite a lot of negative backlash.
This isn’t the first time Vogue has found itself in hot water over their cover girl.
Previously, in May 2017, Vogue India was criticised for using American model Kendall Jenner on their cover to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the magazine.
Many people felt that Jenner did not deserve to be on the cover.
Almost a year later, Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover also stirred a considerable debate over Indian perceptions of beauty.
Similar sentiments over nepotism and the promotion of star kids have now surfaced with Vogue India’s most recent cover girl.
The tagline for this cover is ‘Hello Suhaha’ and the young star is described as a “Student, theatre lover, future star.”
Many feel that Suhana’s cover shows how entitled she is being the daughter of India’s biggest superstar.
Sridevi’s daughter and star kid Janhvi Kapoor was also featured on the cover of Vogue India in May 2018 as her debut film Dhadak made its way into cinemas across the globe.
While the film was certainly a success, it does beg the question of how much additional exposure star kids receive compared to industry newbies.
Whatever critics may think, however, for both father and daughter, the Khans’ primary aim is to perfect their craft.
SRK has clearly taught his daughter the importance of hard work and education.
As a result, Suhana takes her education very seriously and will only make her debut in Bollywood once she has finished her studies.
With so much emphasis placed on learning how to be a good actor, perhaps the young Khan is conscious of the effects of being in the limelight at such a young age.
And with the star refusing any special treatment, could it lead to a change in the way nepotism plays in Hindi cinema?
Suhana’s acting intentions do appear to be sincere and she is eager to stand on her own merit as opposed to her father’s stardom.
If anything, the Vogue interview suggests that she hopes to be taken as a serious actor, one who will go on to achieve great things.
Bollywood fans can expect Suhana Khan to become a recurring cover girl on Vogue India. As we wait for her to inevitably impress everyone with her acting skills.