Suniel Shetty

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Suniel Shetty: 'I've no qualms about Athiya working with Sooraj'

New Delhi, Feb. 10 -- Actor Suniel Shetty says that he has no apprehensions about his 19-year-old daughter Athiya making her Bollywood debut opposite actor Aditya Pancholi's son, Sooraj Pancholi, in the remake of 1983 hit film, Hero.

Sooraj is in the thick of controversies, after being charged with abetment to suicide in actor Jiah Khan's (his ex-girlfriend) suicide case.    

When asked about the same, Suniel said, "I've no apprehensions that Athiya will be debuting opposite Sooraj. I believe that till the time Sooraj is proved guilty, he is innocent and we all should not jump the gun. No one has the right to point a finger at him until the final judgement is made. And if he was proved guilty, he'd have been hung by now."  

The Hera Pheri actor added: "Moreover, if that was the case, the film would not have been made, and the producers would not be investing their money."    

When asked why, unlike other star dads, he himself didn't launch Athiya, he said, "I think she is being launched in the best possible way. With Salman as the producer and Nikhil Advani the director, I couldn't have asked for a better and bigger launch pad for my daughter. I know she is in safe hands. Salman is like family, and he launching Athiya is just like me launching her!"    

But like a doting father, Suniel does have fears about his daughter entering the industry, "She has trained in the best way for the industry and is ready to make her mark but I do fear about how she'd handle success and failure. I just want the best for her as she has worked very hard for her debut."

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