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Athiya Shetty: Dad is always by my side!


New Delhi, Aug. 23 -- Being a star kid means Athiya Shetty is always in the limelight, and while she's ready to learn from the hits and misses of her father, actor Suniel Shetty (inset), she's also prepared to go through her own trial and error when it comes to making the right decisions in Bollywood.
"I learned from [my father's] career. What I admire about him is that he's not judgmental. He's extremely motivating and always by my side; he encourages my decisions and has never said, 'I told you so,'" says Athiya, who lent some Bollywood glamour to the recent India Couture Week 2017, held in Delhi. She was the showstopper for the designer label Shyamal & Bhumika.
At 24, Athiya is two movies old - she made her debut with Hero (2015) and appears in the recent release Mubarakan - and is still treading carefully. She doesn't shy away from admitting that she seeks advice from her father on choosing scripts. 
"I discuss my scripts and things I'm unsure of before I take any decision. [My father] has encouraged me to make my decisions for myself. Everyone has their own journey. I'm going to learn from his mistakes, but that doesn't mean I won't be making my own. I know what I want to do when I look at his career."
The actor, who made her debut opposite another star kid, Sooraj Pancholi, son of actor Aditya Pancholi, believes that nepotism exists everywhere. "But what matters is the audience's decision as to whether they want to watch you [on screen] or not," says Athiya.