Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khan, whose book “The Perils of Being Moderately Famous” is due for release next month, says for the most of her life, her only identity was that of a sibling or a daughter of famous people. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Despite hailing from an illustrious family, Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan says she has lived most of her life in the shadows of the arclights than basking in their glory.

The actor, who has turned author with her debut book, "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous," says being a recognizable public figure, one's experiences can be both equally frustrating and amusing.

In her book, Khan talks about finding herself in different capacities – as legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore's daughter, and actors Saif Ali Khan's sister and Kareena Kapoor Khan's sister-in-law.

In an interview with PTI, she said, "I belong to a family of superstars. My parents achieved the highest level of success in their respective professions. My brother is a very successful actor; my sister-in-law is a superstar. Even Taimur (her nephew) was trending on Twitter even before he opened his eyes.

"There are all sorts of famous personalities. For most part of my life, I was completely non-famous. My only identity was, I was a sibling or a daughter to these other famous people."

Soha Ali Khan, however, is aware that being moderately famous has its own disadvantages.

"You're recognized, but a lot of people don't know your name, but they'll know your sister-in-law's. 'Oh we are big fans of Kareena Kapoor,' they'd say. I have spoken a little bit about what that feels like, whether good or bad.

"I've also joked with people who've stopped me and said 'Are you Saif Ali Khan's sister? Can we have a picture?' and I've said 'only if you can tell what my name is.'

The actor said she does not regret being "moderately famous."

"Absolutely not. One shouldn't get upset by all of this. This is a huge part of my identity which I've embraced – I've got a lot of security, comfort, warmth and respect out of being who I am, the things I didn't earn, but my parents did," she said.

Talking about constant comparisons with her mother as an actor, Khan said being a star kid, it is one of those things that cannot be controlled.

"My first review, I remember, people said, 'She looks her mother but acts like her father.' My father said, 'I don't know what that means. I am a very good actor.' He had done a lot of advertisements in the past!"

The "Rang De Basanti" star believes it is difficult to break free from the family image, but today she looks back at her career in a good light.

"People expect you to do big-budget films or the kind of films that may be my mother did. But when you want to do something else, maybe it can be difficult to break away and do your own thing.

"Now it has been 12-13 years, so it's easy for me to look back with objectivity, humor to talk about the challenges."

Soha Ali Khan said she hopes the book – which took her eight months to write – would help clear people's misconceptions about her.

Published by Penguin India, "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous" is scheduled to hit the bookshelves next month.

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