Dharma Productions' recently-released Dhadak welcomes two very talented individuals into the industry: Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter. While the movie is being loved by all, it will always be special and close to Janhvi's heart. Not because it is her debut movie but because she had to look brave and play the star in public even though, she deeply mourned the sudden demise of her mother and late superstar SriDevi, in private.
Dhadak has earned over Rs. 39 crores on the domestic BO
“The love has been overwhelming,” says Janhvi. “More than anything else, it feels good to know that we’ve moved people with this message that we were trying to convey. I’m just happy about any form of acceptance, so I have a chance to work more and do better at what I love. To see my father (film producer Boney Kapoor), Shashank (Khaitan, director of Dhadak) and Karan (Johar, producer of Dhadak) feeling so proud and happy means the world to me.”
She perfectly understands that taking the family legacy forward is never easy but she also feels lucky that she got the opportunity to learn so much about cinema right at home- both in terms of the art and the business. “It’s lovely to have had access to so much knowledge and seen two sides of the coin,” says Janhvi.
“My father is a more creatively inclined producer; he gets very involved. From his perspective, I know what actors are like when they’re behaving in a certain way, and how he needs to take care of technicians, how post-production is as important as pre-production and shooting," she adds.
Remembering her legendary mother SriDevi, she says, "She was such a creatively fuelled person, so emotional and sensitive. It was vibrant energy to have her around. Her knowledge of cinema and acting, I think, is unparalleled — she did 350 films from the age of four. Acting, for her, was instinctive; it was like breathing, not a textbook thing. She never gave me tips, but watching her was everything, even in daily life.”