Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
Meera Says Daughter Milli Can Go Back to Bollywood ... but Only after Her GCSEs; Mum's the Word: Meera Syal with Her Daughter Milli and Left, on the Cover of AsianWoman Magazine
Byline: JACK LEFLEY
MEERA SYAL has put her teenage daughter's ambitions to follow in her footsteps on hold until she finishes her GCSEs.
The award-winning writer, actress and comedian insists that 16-year-old Chameli, who has already appeared in a Bollywood film and glamorous photo shoots, must put her education first.
Chameli, or Milli as she is known, started on the road to stardom with a role in the 2007 Indian movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
But her mother, who was behind hit comedy show The Kumars At Number 42 and was made an MBE in 1998, has left her in no doubt that school is the top priority.
She said: "I am proud of Milli and what she has gained as an actress so far, particularly her part in a Bollywood movie which I know she enjoyed filming in Mumbai.
"She got a Saturday place at the Guildhall School of Drama at 15 after auditioning and was the youngest student and has shown confidence on the television.
"She is showing some nice potential, but right now her school work has to take precedence as she has her mock GCSEs soon and then the real stuff next summer. That will have to be her main focus and she is happy accepting that." Milli has her own ideas about what path her career will take and seems to have her heart set on a career in the entertainment industry.
But she is determined to make her own way without using her mother's name to get on.
She told AsianWoman magazine: "My parents have said that they will support me in whatever I do and I actually enjoy the same things as my mum, I go to drama school and I will probably end up doing the same degree." She added: "I wouldn't really want that to affect the chances people give me. …