Sharing a scene with Sridevi in Mom was unreal, felt like a dream: Actor Vani Sood
Delhi girl Vani Sood has a short role in Sridevi’s latest film, Mom. Regardless of her screen time, the shoot experience and the thrill of being in the same frame as Sridevi will always stay with her.bollywood Updated: Jul 10, 2017 16:54 IST
A chance to work with Bollywood veteran Sridevi, and that, too, in her 300th project, is something that many would see as their dream debut. That dream came true for Delhi girl Vani Sood, who is part of Sridevi’s latest release, the thriller Mom, directed by Ravi Udyawar.
How did it happen? “I was sitting at home when I got a call from the casting director of Mukesh Chabra Casting Company. He said, ‘Boney Kapoor is making a movie and you have been shortlisted as one of the friends (of Sajal Ali’s character) for it.’ I was shocked and surprised when I got to know that I’d be working alongside big names such as Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, and Adnan Siddiqui,” says Sood, a graduate of Gargi College, South Campus, Delhi University.
Vani had earlier auditioned for a role in the Aamir Khan film Dangal while the talent scouts were on the campus of Sri Venkateswara College, also under Delhi University. Though that didn’t work out, the casting agents had her contact details and had seen her work. That is how she made it to the Mom shortlist.
“I felt butterflies in my stomach, literally!” recalls Vani. “We shot two sequences — one in Shri Ram College of Commerce last year and the other one in Bangkok this year. The scene in Bangkok was a party sequence, picturised on Kooke Kawn, a song sung by Sukhwinder Singh with AR Rahman as the music director. It was one of the best memories of my life, something that will stay with me forever,” says Vani.
What Vani loved about the experience was the complete movie vibe that she got. “We had our own vanity vans which used to take us to the sets. From getting ready before AD calls (a film shoot term) and shooting all night to packing up at seven in the morning and heading to the hotel while listening to old Bollywood hits, it was a surreal experience. I made great friends on the set, too!” she says.
We were filming a classroom scene, and when I saw Sridevi step into the classroom, it was unreal! I had to repeatedly tell myself that it wasn’t a dream; I was actually getting to work with the same woman who played Hawa Hawai in Mr India
Asked to name the best part of being in Mom, Vani instantly says that it was when she shared a scene with Sridevi. She was thrilled when she got to know that her otherwise short role included a scene with the veteran actor. “I play Ritu, a friend of Sajal Ali’s character (Sridevi’s daughter on screen). We were filming a classroom scene, and when I saw Sridevi step into the classroom, it was unreal! I had to repeatedly tell myself that it wasn’t a dream; I was actually getting to work with the same woman who played Hawa Hawai in Mr India,” says Vani.
She adds “When [Sridevi] used to walk [on to the sets], the whole atmosphere used to change. Everybody could feel her presence, but that didn’t dim her charming and disciplined personality. She taught me how to improvise my lines, my expressions, and how I could make it look more natural. It was amazing how such a senior actor taught us such important things without any fuss. What also really impressed me was that she used to see her scene and correct it even if the director approved it, by saying, ‘I can do better. I will give another shot!’”
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