Pranutan Bahl, granddaughter of the legendary star Nutan and daughter of Mohnish Bahl, is set to follow in her illustrious family's footsteps. It is not surprising, Salman Khan, a close friend of Mohnish, has taken the youngster under his wing.
In an exclusive chat with mid-day, Pranutan says, "I turned emotional when I heard Salman sir is launching me. I hugged my parents and my sister; I will always cherish that moment."
The aspiring actor will feature opposite newcomer Zaheer Iqbal in a romance drama that will be produced by Salman Khan Films (SKF), Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde.
Given her impressive lineage - Pranutan is also the niece of Bollywood's leading actor Kajol - she is aware of the sky-high expectations that surrounds her foray into movies.
Undeterred by the inevitable comparisons that will follow, she says, "My parents have taught me to be honest to my work. I know that there will be certain expectations. I promise to work hard to garner the same love and admiration that the audiences showered on my grandmother and father." With less than a month to go before the Nitin Kakkar-directed film goes on floors in Kashmir, Pranutan, 22, shows no signs of nervousness that, more often than not, accompany a rank newcomer's first brush with acting. "I always knew movies were my calling. I did believe that completing my education up to a certain point was important. But I knew that I would end up in films," she smiles.