Nidhi Dutta took her father, JP Dutta, by surprise when she informed him about her aspirations to act. It was while she was still serving as the seventh assistant during the making of UMRAO JAAN, that she finally told her father that she has been dreaming of facing the camera for many long years, just like her mother Bindiya Goswami Dutta.
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“At the age of two I was dancing to ‘Chaiya Chaiya’ in a diaper,” she says, “I’ve been a drama queen all my life, the lakta-jhatkas come easy,” Nidhi says with pride.
Nidhi’s debut film JEE BHAR KE JEE LE, which is being produced by her father under a new youth-centric banner, JP Gene, is directed by Binoy Gandhi. “Papa took the muhurat shot which had me speaking a line from his film REFUGEE. And he was on the sets every day. Once, during an awkward romantic moment in front of the camera, he nudged me aside and stepped in as my proxy. Ajit (Sodhi), who plays the lead in the film (Nafisa Ali’s son) was told to caress my cheek, the poor guy just froze,” she laughs.
When asked Nidhi about her co-star, she says, “One day I was talking about the film to Ajit who I’ve known since we were kids, and he showed interest in it. He was signed by dad for BORDER 2 and when that got stalled, it was decided that he’d be launched with this film,” reveals Nidhi, who entered the picture by offering to speak the girl’s lines during a script reading session. “I play a travel blogger in this film which is all about friendship and love.”
Nidhi had to lose 20 kilos before she faced the camera, and she was working out in the gym even after she broke her leg, six days before the film started. It is a road trip through Mumbai, Goa, Hampi and Romania. Nidhi says the shoot was like a fairy tale even though the second schedule started with her passing out on the sets. “I had high fever,” she explains.
The film is gearing up for a 2015 release. She further adds, “Papa always tells me to do what I love and this is something I love. In the 100 years of cinema, dadaji, Dad and Mom together have been around for 62 years. It’s great to take the legacy forward.” When asked if she will be exclusive to JP films only, the pretty lass clarified, “I’m open to films from other banners too.”
J P Gene’s JEE BHAR KE JEE LE in association with Sunday Talkies, directed by Binoy Gandhi, starring, Nidhi Dutta and Ajit Sodhi in lead, and Sagarika Ghatge, Vivan Bathena, Taha Shah, Diganth Manchale, Sabina Sheema amongst others will be a 2015 release.