Despite being an actor’s daughter, Athiya was actually inspired by Aishwarya Rai to take up acting as a career. Watching Aishwarya get ready for her shots in Umrao Jaan fascinated Athiya the most, which is when she knew she wanted to become an actress. Athiya made her debut with the 2015 movie Hero, which released on 11th September. Ironically, this happens to be the same date her father, Suniel Shetty, made his acting debut in 1992 with the movie Balwaan. Athiya studied in the same school as Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff, who were her school seniors. While she was in awe of Shraddha’s dancing skills, she was always bullied by Tiger.