2018 was the year of star kids. After Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, it was Utkarsh Sharma who made his debut in action thriller Genius. During the release of the film, the nepotism wave in the country was pretty strong and since Utkarsh is filmmaker Anil Sharma’s son, he was prepared to answer questions around the much talked about topic.
In an interview with a leading online portal, the actor shared that he was prepared for this debate. Because when he appeared on the screen for the first time, it was as a child actor in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. From that time, itself he had heard such comments that he was in the film because of his father. He knew someday he had to face it.
When asked about his experience of working with his father as a director, the actor said, “My dad is a taskmaster. He expects nothing less than the best from his actors, so he expects the same thing from me too. As a child actor also, I have had to work many nights without sleep. While working for this film, we were not sharing the father and son relationship at all. We were sharing the relationship of an actor and the director. He doesn’t look at me as a son on sets, and I don’t look at him as a father on set either, because that would only cause hindrance to the script, the story and the character. The film would suffer. He treated me the same way he treated Nawaz sir (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) or my co-star Ishita (Chauhan). The efforts of the actor have paid off very well in the movie, find it here:
Utkarsh has a long way to go and we hope he makes his daddy dearest proud with his selection of films.
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