'Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15'

'Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15'

Soundarya may have played it safe with her directorial debut Kochadaiiyaan by teaming up with her superstar father Rajinikanth, but she is feeling the pressure of high expectations.

She said if her dad took over three decades to attain stardom, she should be given at least half the time to prove herself. She said, “It’s a tough life for star kids. For people they are stars; for us, they are the people that we know.

As star children, we face the expectations, which is as much as that of the achievers who are the fathers or mothers who took so much time to achieve it. My father is a superstar now, but he took 31 years to reach here, at least give me 15 years,” said the 30-year-old, who is married to Chennai-based businessman Ashwin.

Rajinikanth, who rose to meteoric heights from a bus conductor to Tamil cinema’s superstar, enjoys a huge fan following. “Achievers’ children can’t afford to take their lineage for granted,” Soundarya said.

“Be it in any business, when the achievers’ children enter, the expectation and pressure on them are much more. Yes, we do have an access no doubt, but there is too much of pressure,” she said.

Kochadaiiyaan, a Rs 125-crore film, is said to be India’s first motion capture photo-realistic 3D animated movie. It is expected to release worldwide on May 1 on about 6,000 screens in six languages. Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone plays the female lead opposite Rajinikanth in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, R Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Nasser, Aadi Pinisetty and Rukmini.

Shot predominantly in Ocher Studios, owned by Soundarya, the film features no live locations.

Everything was shot indoors. Sharing the shooting experience with her dad, she vouched for his professionalism and punctuality. She said, “My father is a thorough professional – what the script demands, what the director demands, he will do it. Even if the director is convinced with the shot and the actor of his seniority thinks he can do better, he will take that extra effort as an actor even if the director says it’s okay.”

“Time punctuality? My god! He is the most punctual person I have ever seen. The discipline he has on the floor is outstanding,” she added. Soundarya, who has a clear idea about what fans expect from her father on the screen, said Kochadaiiyaan has all the commercial elements that will excite viewers.

“We have done a lot of commercial elements that will excite my dad’s fans. For me, my father doing Rudra Tandav excites me. The feedback I have received from my father’s fans has been commendable,” said Soundarya.

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