Seventeen-year-old actress Hansika Motwani has been paired with actors who are more than double her age, but she feels age has nothing to do with acting.
"I am not Hansika when I am playing a role. It is the character I am playing, so the age of my co-star does not matter to me at all," Hansika says.
Hansika started her career as a child artiste in Bollywood and worked in films like Koi... Mil Gaya, Escape from Taliban, Jaago and Aabra Ka Daabra.
She debuted as a full-fledged actress at the age of 16 with an actor who was more than double her age, composer-turned-singer-turned-actor Himesh Reshammiya in Aap Kaa Surroor.
"As an actor you have to play a character when you are asked to. Even if it is a 70-year-old character you have to perform it."
Now Hansika will be seen with the 40-plus Govinda in the forthcoming comedy Money Hai To Honey Hai. She doesn't mind the age gap and says getting an opportunity to work with a senior actor like him was a privilege.
"I consider myself very lucky to have worked with Govinda. I have learnt so much from him and it will definitely be useful to me in future. I think it is a big opportunity for any actor to work with him."
Hansika is playing the role of a television actor in the comedy.
"I play the character of Ashima Kapoor who is a television actor and wants to make it big in the film industry. The film is about the journey of the actress into the film industry."
She has also acted in serials like Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand, Hum Do Hain Na and Tum Bin.
Hansika gives credit to her family for shaping her career. "I idolise my mother and attribute my success to her. Without my mother and my family's support, I would not have reached this place."