With her debut Bollywood project in the pipeline, Janhvi Kapoor is an adorable mix of confidence and a bundle of nerves. Which is understandable, for someone who has put in two years of hard-work into her first film, and has had to deal with possibly the greatest loss one could endure, just a few months before her big release. Her mother, the legendary actress Sridevi passed on in February this year, but the 21-year-old was back on set in just a few weeks, showing tremendous courage and determination.
In an exclusive conversation with India Today, Janhvi Kapoor talked about coping with that situation in life, and more.
"It hasn't been an easy experience. My work and my family have given me the strength to go on. If it wasn't for coming back to the sets of Dhadak or being able to act, I think it would have been much tougher than what it is now. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work in the film and act. It saved me in many ways," she said. She even talked about how she comforted her younger sister Khushi who broke down at the trailer launch and said, "Both of us were in shock. In my entire life, I've probably seen her crying only two or three times. So we just hugged each other, and she said, 'I don't know why I am crying'. It was a very special moment. Maybe I have done something very, very wrong and that's why she was crying!"
It has often been discussed that celebrity kids have already been exposed to the glittery life of the silver screen, which is why more often than not they aspire to be in front of it. When asked if she always wanted to be an actor like her mother, she said, "I don't know if I always knew that I wanted to act but I was always inclined towards movies. It is something that I am very passionate about. Working in Dhadak feels like a dream come true. It is too good to be true."
"In my family, it is the only thing that we discuss. It's the only thing we knew. Every time we sit at home and have a conversation with one another, it is always about films. Even when we go out to spend time together, we go out to watch a movie. Holidays were always about dad's shooting schedules or mom's shooting schedules. We have grown up in that environment," added Janhvi.
The trailer of Dhadak met with a bit of a mixed response, with comparisons being drawn with the original Marathi film. For someone who is young and naive, criticism doesn't go down easy. And Janhvi Kapoor honestly reveals how she braves it.
"Of course it affects me. But up until this point it was like, if they're going to criticise me for how I look while coming out of the gym, I don't really care. But all of a sudden, now I'm a little more nervous because I am supposed to be good at this, right? This is what I've wanted to do. I want people to love me.The only thing that you can do is work hard and give it your all and hope that that's enough. But usually, you never know. I think that the only thing I'm trying to do is honest work. I hope that one day I will deserve people's love."
With the movie slated to release in July, there's only li'l time left for the final showdown, and we for one, can't wait to see this starlet's performance.