She is a newcomer to the film industry, but she has managed to win hearts and praise for her acting in her first movie ever. Sara Ali Khan made her Bollywood debut with director Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath, starring alongside actor Shushant Singh Rajput, and was received well by both critics and those who watched the film. For one so young to receive so much praise, she has stayed grounded and not allowed fame to go to her head.

In an exclusive interview with DNA, Sara was asked a good number of questions about how she felt about the new found fame and the reactions of her parents, family and friends. Sara revealed that her mom Amrita Singh got very emotional while watching.

“Mom had heard the narration and she had also seen some rushes. But she still cried in the climax, so that was a big one for me,” she said.

“Mom and I went to see it at a multiplex on Saturday night. Both my parents and I did not wish to watch the trial. You know, there’s an element of ‘Wow, wow, wow’ that goes on trials. We’ve all done it and we will continue to do it. I think they wanted to retain some objectivity, which is already so difficult because I’m their beloved. I think that’s what they were trying to do more than anything else. And so we took the film in at a regular show,” she revealed.

When asked about her father Saif Ali Khan’s reaction to the movie, Sara said that she thinks his favourite scene is the Ganga dubki.

“He keeps saying, ‘There is an expression on our face, you’re freezing, you’re doing this, but you’re also expressing’. They are relieved, proud and also grateful for the acceptance I have got. I think they have liked my work objectively. I think they are appreciating more the way other people are reacting to my work, because touch wood, they are receiving it well,” she said.

Kedarnath tells of an inter-faith love story between a wealthy Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, who is a pithoo (porter). The girl’s family owns a lodge and shops near the historic Kedarnath Temple in the Uttarakhand mountains and the boy works in its vicinity. The movie also features the terrible 2013 Uttarakhand floods that devastated the region.