Barbie Handa is rechristened as Mannara by the makers of Zid and she says she did discuss about Zid before taking a call.
Mannara said, "I don't think anyone will give me a film just because I am Priyanka's sister. Till the time one goes for an audition, you cannot say anything. Last year I completed my Telegu film and during that time my mama (Priyanka's dad) was not well. I was auditioning for Hindi films."
"During that point of time while going to her house one day I told her about 'Zid' and mentioned that I am in the third stage of auditioning. She (Priyanka) asked me to go ahead," Mannara further added.
Karanvir Sharma is also a newbie who stars opposite Mannara. This erotic thriller is directed by Hate Story writer Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Anubhav Sinha.
"I was adamant to do a Hindi film and thus went on giving auditions. Finally, through a casting director Nalini Ratnam, I got the film Zid. After that I met the director Vivek Agnihotri who gave me few tips about preparing for the role. To get this role I had to wait long," she said.
Mannara says that she is also close to her other cousin Parineeti.
"During vacations when we used to visit my nani's house In Ambala and I used to meet Parineeti there. It was a typical Punjabi family bonding. It was like a movie scene. A house inside the farm where we used to have so much fun. All of us used to sing together. We are 14 cousins and very closely knitted," she said.
Mannara, however, is not wary of the comparisons she will have to face with her actress cousins.
"There is so much competition in the industry, why should one take it inside the family. I am tense for my film's fate but not for the comparison with my sisters. I always have my own zone. Right now I am only worried about Zid. The trailer has got a good feedback. It has crossed 2 million viewership," she said.