x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Growing up as Anjali

'When people refer to me as their favourite from back then, it's an overwhelming feeling, and makes my day even today.'

"Being Sana the kid was as ordinary as being any other kid my age. My parents are very rooted, so even after KKHH became a blockbuster, I was still treated like their 10-year-old baby and not a celebrity child artist. I remember never missing days at school for work because my mum always made sure I had my priorities right. I also did ads ever since I was 3 so my friends took to KKHH casually and, of course, we were all still too young to know how big the film actually was. So, at home, school and with friends, I had the most common, fun-filled childhood.

"I was definitely bombarded with lots of Anjali questions outside my close circle, though. It was a tiny thrill back then but I remember attending to most of it extremely shyly.

"The label did stick all the way through school to college, where half the college already knew who I was because of KKHH. When people refer to me as their favourite from back then, it's an overwhelming feeling, and makes my day even today. Only now do I realise how big an opportunity it really was and how thankful I am for it to have come my way."