Bollywood has seen a surge of industry kids and newcomers debuts lately. From Janhvi Kapoor to the recently launched Tara Sutaria, fresh faces are entering the Indian film industry and are already exposed to endless comparison and competition. However, Ananya Panday, of 'Student of the Year 2' fame is not bothered about the competition. She, in fact, loves it. She feels the competition would be cut throat and that's even better. “I feel the more, the merrier. What's the point of working if there is no competition? You work hard only when there is competition or else you tend to take things lightly,” she said.
This year, after Pranutan Bahl's debut in 'Notebook', Karann Deol, Vardhan Puri, and Aalia Furniturewala are expected to appear on the silver screen. There are also reports of Shah Rukh Khan's Suhana Khan making her film debut soon. Also, Sanjay Kapoor's daughter Shanaya Kapoor has already begun working as assistant director on cousin Janhvi's next film. “I think it's always exciting to have new people. Everyone has a different approach towards how they work and that makes all the difference. Also, there's work for everyone. There is nothing to think about such things. I need to concentrate on my work,” Ananya said.
The actress is currently working on her second film, titled 'Pati Patni Aur Woh', alongside Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar. In her latest, she plays an opinionated college-going brat. She said she completely enjoyed playing the part. “I am very similar to Shreya, my character, in real life. I think every young girl would be able to relate to Shreya because she is fiesty, spunky. She is loud and expressive. She is someone who is not afraid to make mistakes. I always wanted to play such a role.”
Ananya added, “I love Poo (Kareena Kapoor's popular character in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham', 2001), Shanaya (Alia Bhatt's debut role in 'Student of the Year', 2012) and Anjali (Kajol's character in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 1998) and wanted to play such a character. Initially, I was a little shy but Punit (Malhotra) and Karan helped me bring the Shreya inside me out.”