Opening up on the struggles she faced in her career so far, Ananya, who is the daughter of actor Chunky Panday, said: “Everyone thinks it is all glamorous and that I’ve gotten everything that I ever wanted. But I’m very grateful that I’m my dad’s daughter and that I wouldn’t want it the other way. When people hate me for nepotism, I’m not getting to shy away that I’m Chunkey Panday’s daughter. He is still working so hard. I am so proud of him. I am proud to be his daughter.” “I am so scared that people are going to say that ‘You’re taking things too lightly’. I will overcompensate then because I don’t want to take that chance. I have always wanted to be an actor and just because my father is an actor as well, I’m not going to say no to an opportunity. It isn’t as easy as people say it’s. I think everyone has their own journey. My dad has never been a part of the Dharma film. He has never been on ‘Koffee with Karan’,” Ananya added, on journalist Rajeev Masand’s show.
However, Ananya’s assertion did not go down well with a section of social media users. A user wrote: “Ananya Pandey explaining her struggle in the industry was like our parents telling us how they crossed mountains and rivers to get to school.” Another user commented: “Praying and condolence to Chunky Pandey for not being a part of Koffee with Karan. Deeply sad and dishearten on the much of struggle done by Ananya Pandey for debuting in the industry.” “Gully Boy” fame actor Siddhanth Chaturvedi was also present on the show, and he agreed on the point that everyone has their own share of challenges but he also took a dig on Ananya’s views, at the end by saying “the difference is ‘Jis jagah humare sapne poore hote hain, wahin se inka struggle shuru hota hai’ (their struggle starts from the point where our dreams get fulfilled).”
A user added: “Ananya Pandey sharing her views on nepotism and Sidhant Chaturvedi defining her struggle with one-liner. Have a look at her reaction LoL.” Another user said: “Did she just really say that she struggled because her dad wasn’t invited to Koffee with Karan?” “Even Robert Downey Jr never visited Koffee with Karan. Poor Robert,” went another user’s jibe. Another commented: “Ananya Pandey — My dad has gone through such a lot of things, he has never been on ‘Koffee with Karan’. Bade log badi badi struggle.”