Janhvi Kapoor: I don’t want to act like my mom
Janhvi Kapoor daughter of Sridevi is making her debut with DHADAK opposite Ishan Khattar which is a remake of SAIRAT, Janhvi has been working hard for her Bollywood debut.
She has been hogging all the limelight as she has been clicked by paparazzi for donning various look, she is leaving no stone unturned to promote her film.
DHADAK is produced by Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions and directed by Shashank Khaitaan. the film is set to release tomorrow.
In conversation with Janhvi she spokein length about her career, and how will she tackle nepotism and what made her choose DHADAK as her debut.
Excerpts from the interview:
Did you always wanted to be an actor?
I always aspired to become an actress. Though I had few other options in my mind, I decided to go with acting while I was in Los Angeles where I pursued acting around two years ago.
How do you plan to tackle the comparison made between you and your mom Sridevi?
I was never worried about the it.Mom used to worry about the comparisons because she had done so many films. She used to feel that the audience will compare my first film with her 400 films. As an actor, I have tried to play my character with utmost honesty and sincerity and I didn’t want to act like my Mom. She was always grateful for all the love, appreciation and adulation which she received from so many people. So, I feel that now I have to make them happy.
Why did you choose DHADAK as your debut film?
When I watched SAIRAAT, I was amazed with the performances in the film. I felt something like SAIRAAT has to be my debut. Though I am not in a position to sit and choose, I prayed daily and fortunately it happened. SAIRAAT is an iconic film and Mom wanted something like this for me. It is an amazing story.
How is DHADAK different than SAIRAAT?
DHADAK is an adaptation of SAIRAAT. It is set in Udaipur and has a different view. We have tried to retain few iconic scenes from SAIRAAT. It is a story with a different perspective and take and has been made with a lot of honesty and sincerity. The moments that I spent for DHADAK will always be cherished. We all (Shashank Khaitaan, Ishaan Khatter and Karan Johar) were together in a sacred and pure space throughout the making of the film.
Are you open to explore regional films?
I feel Hindi language films try to generalise culture so as to have an pan Indian appeal. On the contrary, regional films are very local and I love that. Though I do not speak Tamil or Telugu, I would love to explore the films in South. They really make amazing films with great stories. So, I am open for films in regional languages too.
Did your Mom gave you any advice on acting?
Mom and I were very clear that I have to do this on my own. She was clear that I have to carve my own space. Her only instruction was to feel the emotion and act well. She never gave any advice and I didn’t want to act like her because it may look totally different. It may look as if she is acting. So, we were very clear on the acting part.
Do you have any limitations or inhibitions as an actor?
It depends on the script and the story of the film. I can push myself if I strongly believe in the conviction of the director and his vision and presentation. I have already kissed in my first film as it was the demand of the script.
Do you feel it is much easier for star kids to get into films?
We are just normal people. Yes, it is easy to meet creative people who makes films and to interact with them for someone who belongs to a film family. We get noticed at social occasions and gatherings. So, from a geographic point of view, it is a blessing and the struggle is quite less. But, I feel that it depends on the talent. Producers just do not spend money on anyone randomly.
Which is your favourite film of your Mom?
I haven’t see much of Mom’s films but I love SADMA. She has done fabulous work and everything which she touched turned into gold.
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