Chunky Panday: I`m proud to be Ananya Panday`s dad

Actor Chunky Panday makes no bones about being known as actress Ananya Panday`s father and says that he always wants to be known as that.

Ananya is Chunky`s elder daughter, who made her big Bollywood debut in 2019 with Karan Johar`s `Student Of The Year 2`. In just two years, the 22-year-old has been one of the most talked-about personalities in the industry and has garnered a fan following of over 3,157,000 followers on Twitter and 19.6 million on Instagram. She even has a great lineup of films such as Shakun Batra`s yet-untitled next starring Deepika Padukone and Vijay Deverakonda-starrer `Liger`.

Talking about his daughter`s growing success, Chunky reminisced about the time when his father shared the excitement of being known as the `Aankhen` actor`s father. “Years before I had become an actor, I had very famous doctor parents. I was always known as Doctor Panday`s son, naughty son,” Chunky told IANS.

He added: “Then one day after becoming an actor in 1987, I remember my father was in Delhi attending a heart surgeons` conference and when he was introduced on stage he was introduced as Doctor Panday, who also happens to be actor Chunky Panday`s father and my father was so excited.”

“In fact, there were no mobile phones then but he called me up on an STD line and said `Chunky, I am very proud of you. I have been introduced as your father`,” the actor recalled.

Chunky feels exactly the same for Ananya. “The same goes now, I think when I am introduced as Ananya`s father anywhere, it`s pure excitement and happiness. I think seeing her success is making me happier than seeing my own success. When my success was happening I was too busy working,” said the 58-year-old actor.

“With hers, yes, I am working but it really makes me proud and it is 10-fold more to see a child succeed at something.”

He asserted: “Yes, I am proud to be Ananya Panday`s dad and I always want to be known as that. And I have another daughter Rysa Panday, I want to be known as her dad, too.”

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