Dhadak actress Janhvi Kapoor at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Wednesday openly talked about her worst and best experience of life. Janhvi Kapoor attended the session with her father Boney Kapoor and in a conversation with Rumi Jaffery, Janhvi opened up about her life. Janhvi’s mother Sridevi passed away earlier this year while she was still filming her debut film, Dhadak.
Jahnvi said her personal growth has been “tremendous” and she has emerged stronger in the trying times. “It’s harder to say anything… When I say ‘growth’, I mean personal growth, I don’t know about artistic. This year brought me both the worst and the best experience of my life. It’s a little strange… Our family is now united, so that is very big thing for me. “But whatever happened that too was very heavy (tragedy). We are still in shock, so we haven’t been able to process it properly. I’m really thankful for all the love that we have received and I got a chance to work, which is a big thing for me. I got a chance to make my parents proud, which is most important for me,” she said.
“I think they are way ahead of even our time. I feel we have got tangled into a trap, a commercial one. I think the freedom to tell the story was more earlier,” she said. She pointed out films such as “Mr and Mrs 55” as an example which celebrated the essence of feminism back in the day. “Madhubala has done such a beautiful job in the film. But more than that, the concept that the film raised. It dealt with feminism. Madhubala ji’s character was so forward thinking. Her aunt was also in the film, whose character was more (conservative about) how girls should behave in a society. They did not present it as a issue, they slipped it in beautifully in the story.
“Whatever films that are coming today that’s about a girl, suddenly we tag them as ‘female-oriented’ films. They make it a big deal that it does not have a hero. There have been so many films ‘Mother India’, ‘Chaalbaaz’, ‘Sita Aur Geeta’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’, etc. The girl was a hero in all these films. But they weren’t tagged as ‘female-oriented’ ones.” Calling Madhubala her favourite, she added, “I think she is not given that much credit for her acting talent because she was so beautiful. But the work that she has done, so spontaneous… I don’t think the way she worked in ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, anybody could do that.” She named Dilip Kumar and Guru Dutt as her favourite actors.
“Janhvi already has an idol in front of her. There is not one as complete as an actor as her.” Janhvi said, “I can’t emulate her, even if I wanted to.” At the event, she also recited a self-written poem that she wrote for her mother.
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17 November, 2019