Bollywood got a little south parked in it's turf on Monday when we chatted with Akshara Haasan, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Shamitabh.
Shamitabh may be about ego clashes but its young star seems as diffident as you can get, even as she insists she's not intimidated.
Akshara may have learned more than a thing or two from her famous family but singing isn't one of them. Akshara says "I'm a terrible singer. I wish I could sing. When I think I'm singing, I'm actually going really off-tune."
As for competition on the big screen, Akshara occupies an interesting place as she's the only other actor in Bollywood who is in the same age group as Alia Bhatt (born in 1993).
Talking about competition with Alia, Akshara says "It's a healthy thing. It is there in every profession. I'm happy I have her (Alia Bhatt)".
However, industry insiders feel Alia is indeed safe at the top of her game. Akshara, who reminds us of a younger Vasundhara Das, may be fresh faced but definitely lacks the chutzpah Alia showed us right off the bat. Akshara's sister Shruti Haasan may have always had a back up plan with music when her luck at acting didn't pan out but clearly that's not an option for Akshara. It seems as that Bollywood is still curious about Kamal Hassan's younger daughter with rumours swirling that Akshara's next will be with Sridevi.
Talking about her future plans, Akshara says "It's a work in progress. There are a lot of discussions which are still in the early stages and few that haven't happened as yet, but I'm looking forward to see what is there for me. But nothing has been confirmed as yet. "
Here's hoping that Akshara proves she's more than just a pretty face because we are more than happy when a first impression doesn't turn out to be a last impression.