She doesn’t like to call herself a typical Bollywood star kid, the one who is constantly in news or trending on social media; or made famous by paparazzi. Tina Ahuja, daughter of Bollywood star Govinda, confesses that she doesn’t like to be ‘everywhere’. “It’s a personal choice to stay away from unnecessary media glare, as I do not like to be under constant spotlight,” she explains. The reason; despite the box-office failure of her debut film Second Hand Marriage, she has been constantly working towards self-improvement.
Ever since making her debut in 2015 alongside Punjabi singer-actor Gippy Grewal, Tina has taken a break from Bollywood. “Past two years, I spent time working on myself. I got in shape, worked with my dad and focused on my other passion - fashion. It’s been quite fruitful and I feel that I have grown up learning the nuances of the industry and how to create work-life balance.”
When in Punjab
Tina was in Amritsar, a city she calls her ‘happy place’, to celebrate her birthday on July 16, by paying visit to the Golden Temple along with her mother Sunita Ahuja. The visit has been a ritual of sorts for the past three years.
“I feel I have a spiritual connection with Amritsar. Golden Temple, for me, is the most beautiful, peaceful and special place in the world, and I make it a point to fly down every year on my birthday,” she shares. That’s not all, she also makes it a point to have langar and perform sewa to make her day meaningful. “I have been coming to the holy city since childhood as my bua (paternal aunt) was married here. I have lots of friends here and love the city for its vibrancy,” she proclaims. Add to her list of favourites, the sumptuous food that the already popular food destination has to offer.
“Being a Punjabi, my visit to Amritsar is never complete without the tall glass of lassi from Ahuja’s that has been a family tradition, or enjoying the Amritsari kulchas. I just forget my diets and gym routine whenever I am here and indulge myself with Punjabi food, the lovely phulkaris and handmade juttis,” she says. All set to foray into Punjabi film industry, Tina admits being a fan of Punjabi cinema. “I have been listening to Punjabi songs all my life and enjoy watching Punjabi films. I believe that over the years, Punjabi cinema has grown and become globalised, and, so, it’s the right time to be a part of the growing industry.” She is also looking forward to OTT platforms, she shared that she has been getting some interesting offers.
Being a star kid
Just when Bollywood is ablaze with burning issue of nepotism and star kids facing criticism, Tina has a different story to tell. “It’s a misconception that star kids have it easy in film industry. We have to work hard as well. One cannot totally rely upon one’s parents’ achievements to be successful in industry and I have learnt that from my experience. Of course, being a star kid helps with getting opportunities, but the constant public scrutiny and being judged for every move is quite taxing.”
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