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Janhvi Kapoor based her Dhadak character on sister Khushi

Janhvi Kapoor talks about her first day on the sets, sister Khushi and tips she received from brother Arjun Kapoor and sister Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

bollywood Updated: Jul 07, 2018 12:53 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times
Janhvi Kapoor,Dhadak,Parthavi
Janhvi Kapoor during the media interaction of her upcoming film Dhadak in Mumbai.(IANS)

Janhvi Kapoor is excited, anxious and going through “a million other emotions” as she awaits the release of her debut film, Dhadak. The daughter of the late veteran actor Sridevi and filmmaker-producer Boney Kapoor, was in Pune to promote her film and spoke to us about her role, first day on the set and why she thinks Khushi is more like her onscreen character, Parthavi.

From havingdifficulties speaking in Hindi to learning the Mewari dialect for your first film, how would you describe this change?

Our director Shashank Khaitan took Ishaan and I to Udaipur and Jaipur (in Rajasthan) to recce the location. This helped me understand the culture, diction and how the locals speak. We went there twice and I met people on my own to understand more too. After that, I sat with the script everyday and read it. I would read the dialogues of every character so as to increase my vocabulary. It was purely everyday riyaz.

Is that how you got you body language and mannerisms too?

Well, that I believe came more from feeling the character than trying to be Parthavi. Also, I think Khushi (younger sister) is a lot like Parthavi. The way she reacts or the way she behaves is more like what Khushi is. So, I saw a lot of Khushi in Parthavi.

You are seen performing Kathak in a few sequences, have you trained for the same?

I would not say I am a trained dancer. However, I did take a few Kathak classes for a month or two. It was more like a crash course and I would not qualify as a trained dancer. If I may say, I flirted with Kathak, I think.

How would you describe your first day on the set?There were no nerves but yet I was anxious. Ek bechaini si thi (there was a lot of restlessness). But, Shashank made things easy as he has this amazing energy. He made the set a safe and secure place and that’sabout it.

Dhadak is an adaptation of Marathi film Sairat, would you be keen on featuring in a Marathi film?

Well, as of now I want to prove my mettle as an actor. If I am accepted in the industry, I would definitely like to explore more. I will definitely look at the script and director, in any language. I don’t know if I am at a place where I can choose. But, I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity of being in front of the camera. It means a lot to me. Ideally, I would like to play characters that I can learn and grow from, that touch people’s lives and explore new avenues.

What are your memories about Pune?

I used to come here a lot on weekends with my family and we would stay at JW Marriott. We enjoyed the spa there. Also, I remember mom had a photoshoot for one of the magazines in the city. I have fond memories of this city.

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First Published: Jul 07, 2018 12:53 IST