What makes Sara Ali Khan more popular than her contemporaries?
The first and only time I met Sarah Ali Khan was at the Screen awards many years ago. It was the year Sanjay Bhansali’s Black swept the awards. I was sitting with the director in a front row when a girl 11-12 years of age came and did a neat Adaab in front of the Black director. “That’s Amrita and Saif’s daughter,” SLB whispered into my ear. “And she’s going to be a star in the next 7-8 years.”
Well, it has happened. She was chubby and chirpy and very obviously an attention-getter. Sara has only changed physically (and how!). In her mind she’s still that 12-year old girl who will hijack the limelight at any cost. It is her self-assertion and her belief in her birth right to have stardom that have turned Sara into an overnight star in spite of average performances in Kedarnath and Simmba. And in her third release Love Aaj Kal she is pretty much in the zone that her father Saif occupied in his first few film.
But Saif was awkward. Sara is super-confident and ready to take on the world. Most important of all she has a very very sharp mind which she uses predominantly for self-promotion in the best possible way.
So yes, she has raced forward ahead of her contemporaries. Even Alaya F who is in my opinion, is the best debutante since Kareena Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, acknowledges Sara as competition. “She is very popular and very intelligent,” Alaya says with genuine admiration.