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Suhana Khan On The Cover Of Vogue India

Few 18-year-olds in the country generate as much interest as Suhana Khan. While there are the genes courtesy her famous parents – Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, what makes her special is a rare confidence and clarity. And that’s quite evident in the latest pictures, as Suhana Khan made her entry into the glamour world by becoming Vogue India’s cover star for August issue.

Talking about her first photoshoot ever, Suhana Khan told Vogue in the interview, “I absolutely loved shooting this cover. Especially the dancing shots. I love dancing. It was so much fun. I was excited when my parents brought it up. I wanted to say yes straight away, but they wanted me to think about it – this is a very public thing. They wanted me to gain confidence from the experience, not lose it.”

“There’s so much to learn, and one way to do it is to start [working] early, but first I want to go to university and finish studies,” said Suhana Khan, echoing the sentiments of her father, who has made no secret of his desire for his children to get an education before they embark upon their careers.

This year, along with her classmates, Suhana Khan will sit for the international baccalaureate exam and graduate from school. The next logical step: university.

Suhana Khan’s 21-year-old brother Aryan Khan is already studying filmmaking in Los Angeles. Suhana plans to join her brother over the summer to do a short course in acting.

Like every other teenager, her plan is to build a portfolio that is strong enough to get her into a good university. Unlike every other teenager, though, she’s dead certain of her future career – acting.

Suhana Khan said, “I don’t think there was any one moment when I decided. Since I was young, I’d do all these accents and impressions. But my parents only realised I was serious about acting when they saw a performance of mine for the first time. I was playing Miranda in a school performance of The Tempest.”

Shah Rukh Khan often speaks about Suhana Khan’s acting skills and her desire to become an actor. He had even told hit-list, “Suhana has expressed her desire to become an actor, but she needs to complete her education first. I have often told her that she will have to work five times harder than me, get paid 10 times lesser than I do and will require a lot of patience and perseverance to be successful.”

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And it seems Suhana Khan is pursuing her dream, dedicatedly. Last year, a video from Suhana’s school drama went viral that gave a glimpse of her acting chops. The play was a modern twist on the fairy tale, Cinderella, with Suhana playing an ambitious, wannabe actress. It showed her range of expressions and looked like, she might very soon be launched in Bollywood too. Suhana Khan is currently studying in London

Time flies fast, and talking about the same Shah Rukh Khan had shared his thoughts on how the age of 16-18 makes kids want to be closer to their parents. “They (Suhana and Aryan Khan) are studying abroad, I miss them a lot but it gives me an opportunity to take some time off otherwise I am so embroiled in work. The age of 16-18 somehow makes the kids want to stick to the parents even more when they get these five-six days break,” said SRK

While Shah Rukh Khan’s conversations with his daughter Suhana Khan has become interesting, the actor, like any other parent, still treats her like toddlers. “It’s really nice, it’s quality time. It’s quite amazing the conversations I have with Suhana. I still treat her like she is two or three-year-old, but she is an adult,” he said. When asked if she likes to be treated as ‘a kid’, the actor quipped, “No, but she has a lot of respect for me.”

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Last year, when Suhana Khan’s acting video did the rounds of social media, veteran actress Shabana Azmi tweeted, “Mark my words… Suhana Khan is going to be a seriously good actor. I’ve watched a short clip of her acting and it was terrific. Bless her.”

Proud daddy Shah Rukh Khan replied to Shabana Azmi’s tweet, “How sweet are you to say that. When you say it, that’s a big encouragement for the little one. Thanks.”

Suhana Khan is the best friend of her dad Shah Rukh Khan. SRK had once said, “I won’t say that I understand everything about my kids. But after shooting for 10-12 hours, I make it a point that I go back home and spend time with my kids… I know that I am their best friend, with whom they can share anything. I also behave like a friend with them. I love being with children.”

Aryan and Suhana, who are studying there. “I went to London to spend an extended weekend with Aryan and Suhana as they had off. We hardly talk anything intelligent. We just lied down on our sofa, watched movies and ate chips. I think I was able to give them that confidence to come and share things with me and if they have done anything wrong they would get their share of punishment too,” he said.

Shah Rukh shared an incident when he flew to London to have fun time with Aryan and Suhana, who are studying there. “I went to London to spend an extended weekend with Aryan and Suhana as they had off. We hardly talk anything intelligent. We just lied down on our sofa, watched movies and ate chips. I think I was able to give them that confidence to come and share things with me and if they have done anything wrong they would get their share of punishment too,” he said

Suhana Khan, in a 2013 interview with mid-day, was quoted saying, “Dad is a self-made man and he wants us also to be like that. He has always been supportive of whatever my brother Aryan and me have done. I have spoken to him about what I want to be when I grow up. He wants me to study acting and dabble with both Indian and international cinema. After finishing school, I plan to go abroad, possibly America to learn acting and become like dad one day.”

Suhana Khan added, “My father means a lot to me. I can talk to him on any subject like a friend and that’s what I love about him the most.”

When Suhana Khan was in Class VII (13-year-old), she used to play football for her school. In fact, Suhana was Dhirubhai Ambani International’s U-14 football team’s captain

Suhana had then (in 2013) said, “I started learning taekwondo after watching my brother Aryan. Later, I started participating in inter-school athletic meets. I started playing football only three years. But it’s football that I love the most.”

“I don’t watch football on television. I don’t have any favourite players either. I just love playing the sport. When I first started playing football, I just took it up as a one-off thing. But later, I started enjoying the competition and took keen interest in it. I would love to continue being associated with the sport even when I grow up to be an actor,” added Suhana Khan.

In a few years, Suhana will be on a film set of her own. But don’t expect Shah Rukh to launch his own daughter.

“Suhana’s not working towards a promise of being cast, she’s working towards being an actor, and she knows that. I keep insisting that I don’t want them designed as stars, I want them to be launched when they are good-enough actors,” said Shah Rukh Khan.

Suhana Khan, in Vogue interview, said, “I just want to work hard and finish university first. I want to do things that aren’t mainstream. I know it’s not the best idea. What I love about acting is that I don’t have to be myself, I can be completely different.”

Shah Rukh Khan’s dear friend Karan Johar, recently, spoke about Suhana Khan. He was quoted saying, “Have seen her on stage and had my heart bursting with pride!! She is stunning, soulful and a bonafide talent! Welcome to the spotlight my darling! Even in its harshest moments it will envelop you with immense love….and thank you for never calling me UNCLE! Love you”

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