Mahesh Babu and his wife Namrata Shirodkar’s 7-year old daughter Sitara is breaking the internet with her dance performance to her father’s song Paala pitta from the film Maharshi. Proud mother Namrata just can’t stop smiling. “She is quite the star, though it doesn’t necessarily mean she wants to be an actress when she grows up. At her age there are so many things she wants to be all at once. Right now her favourite star is the YouTuber Leah Ashe. Sitara just idolizes this girl whom we know nothing about. Sitara wants to be exactly like her. It’s Leah this and Leah that.”
So is Sitara Mama’s or Papa’s girl? “Totally Papa’s girl and she bullies her big brother like no one’s business. Our son Gautam is just her opposite. Quiet, shy, withdrawn and like his father, not demonstrative of his affections. This one (Sitara) is a full-on Drama Queen. She loves to sing and dance and show the world how good she is at it.”
Namrata and Mahesh have made no plans for their children as yet.
Says Namrata, “They are free to pursue whatever course in life they want. But for now, I am trying to provide them a normal healthy life free of starry trappings. It is very important for Gautam and Sitara to lead a normal life. Thank God we don’t have the paparazzi chasing down star-kids in Hyderabad. The important thing right now is for both my children to get a solid education. After that if they want to be in movies, why not? Their parents are actors. Their grandfather is an iconic figure in the Andhra movie industry. Cinema is part of their genes.”
Coming back to Sitara’s popular internet-breaking dance number her proud mother says the pretty little girl practised hard for it. “Both Gautam and Sitara attend dance classes regularly. Sitara bullied her way into her brother’s dance time by telling their dance teacher how important it was to learn these dance steps. I tell you, this girl can get her way in anything while Gautam would just let everyone around him have their way.”