Says a source, "The Shettys will be gone for a month. They spend a few days in London, then to go to US to look for a suitable university for their 18-year-old girl." Suniel finished all his pending work before leaving as he'd planned this trip many months ago.
The source adds, "Normally, the children take care of such things themselves but Suniel has always been a hands-on father and Mana and he want to be involved in the process. Says Suniel, "We have narrowed our list to six universities. We will select one where Athiya is most happy and comfortable.
“Though I am anxious about my daughter leaving home for the first time, I am confident she will hold her own. She has the correct upbringing and has enjoyed the best of both the worlds with her grandparents and parents. I am confident of her as a person and she is very focused. Wherever she studies, she will shine."
The proud father goes on to add that Athiya will be graduating in course on Liberal Arts. "She is absolutely brilliant in the dramatic field and I will support her in whatever she does. I just want my children to be happy in life. Though we owned restaurants, my father persuaded me follow my dreams. I will urge my children to do the same. If Athiya wants to be an actress, I will support her." On returning to Mumbai, the actor will be busy promoting his next release Red Alert.
Doting dad Suniel Shetty has taken a month-long break from work. The actor flew to the USA recently with son Ahaan, daughter Athiya and wife Mana to look for the best universities for his beti.