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SOTY 2 Was Not Ananya Panday’s First Appearance On Screen. She Was In My Name Is Khan. Wait, What?

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Ananya Panday, the current toast of the nation, thanks to a spectacular debut with SOTY 2, is a Bollywood child through and through. And it’s not only through her parents – actor Chunky Pandey and Bhavana Pandey – she’s also in the company of all the filmi peeps.  She’s friends with Suhana Khan, daughter of Shahrukh Khan and that gives her insider access to movie sets, acting tips and all that. So while it may not come as a complete surprise, it’s always interesting when they reveal fun bits about her life. In a recent interview, Ananya revealed that SOTY 2 was her full-fledged debut film, but it wasn’t the first time she made an appearance on screen. She was in My Name Is Khan. Wait, what?

Bet you did a double take. Yes, the young actress did a small role in the movie. You didn’t spot her, huh? Neither did we. But it turns out that was because that scene got cut out of the movie.

Here’s what she told ETimes about her debut. “I actually remember the time when I went on a set with Suhana when Shah Rukh sir was shooting for My Name is Khan. Suhana and I went to visit him on set when he was in America. They were shooting some scene, and Karan (Johar) needed some people to walk around in the background. So, he asked (us) to just walk around and we were like 12 or something and we got so excited. I wore this pink jacket and I was so excited. They took some 7-8 takes and in every take both of us did this like walking and overacting. When we watched the film and we were waiting for our scene to come which is when we realised that it was cut from the movie. We were so upset but that’s one memory I have from my sets.”

SOTY 2 didn’t fare very well at the box office, but Ananya Panday has already signed her second film. She will bestarring in Pati, Patni Aur Woh with Kartik Aaryan ( who she’s been paired with several times) and Bhumi Pednekar. The movie is a remake of the 1978 movie of the same name.

ALSO READ: Kartik Aaryan Thinks Ananya Panday Is Cute. Sara Ali Khan Thinks Kartik Is Cute. Is This A Love Triangle In The Making?

Suhana Khan was also in the movie, but the star kid will not be making her debut any time soon. The 19-year-old will pursue her studies before stepping in front of the camera, something her father Shahrukh Khan has talked about repeatedly. However, she continues to make waves with her fashion on Instagram. She was recently at a wedding in Kolkata but we didn’t exactly love Suhana Khan’s sartorial choices.


Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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