Nervous Shatrughan shies from daughter`s debut film

Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 13:45 PM IST

Mumbai: Believe it or not, actor Shatrughan Sinha has not been able to bring himself to watch his daughter Sonakshi`s debut in "Dabangg". He admits he`s too nervous.

Like the father of a bride about to be married, he too is tense and anxious to watch his daughter`s maiden performance. So whenever there`s been a screening, Sinha is out of town -- travelling for work purposes.

The most recent example of his inability to watch Sonakshi`s film, which stars Salman Khan, was when there was a special screening last week for the cast, crew and their family.

Finally when cornered with the charge that he is consciously avoiding his daughter`s film, the ever-candid actor admits he has indeed been avoiding eye contact with Sonakshi`s debut.

Said Sinha: "You tell me, which father would not be nervous and tense when his daughter is stepping into a new phase in her life? People say Sonakshi has my confidence on screen. That makes me really proud. But I don`t want to make her self-conscious. I`ve seen bits and pieces of the film with her. And I couldn`t control my tears."

The anxious father would rather watch the film after the verdict on his daughter is out Friday. "Let the world see her first. I`d rather go after I know she`s been accepted."

In the meanwhile, Sonakshi`s proposed trip to Patna with Salman has been cancelled.

"Bihar was declared a drought-stricken area. Now it`s declared a flooded area. Either way, we were advised not to appear in Bihar in a celebratory mood. Sonakshi will be in Bihar with Salman later," Sinha said.