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Janhvi Kapoor saw Sridevi in herself in a scene in ‘Dhadak’

All eyes are on Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of the iconic Sridevi whose untimely demise earlier this year left a huge void in the Indian film industry, as she steps into Bollywood with her maiden film Dhadak on July 20.

Janhvi was very close to her mother. She says even though she has never tried hard to adopt Sridevi’s style, there may be certain things she has inherited genetically.

“I am my Mom’s daughter, so I look like her, but I know I am different. There was that one montage shot where I am drinking milk in a scene. For a fraction of second, I thought that was Mom… I was like ‘Oh God, wasn’t it her? Actually, in that shot, I saw my side profile.”

Jhanvi said: “I have one such image of mumma where she used to have juice in the early morning. So the moment I woke up and looked out for her around me, I would see her drinking juice from a side. So yes, that was one moment.”

The young actor says she wishes to bring back the magic of magnetic talents like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman on the silver screen.

“I have watched Madhubalaji in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr & Mrs 55. I have seen the beautiful Waheedaji in Guide, Pyaasa; Meena Kumariji in Pakeezah, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Watching them, I get fascinated and mesmerised.

“I so wish to (re)create the magic of these legends on-screen. Every time I watch these films, I get motivated and tell myself, ‘I want to do this’… This magic, this performance,” said the 21-year-old, whose eyes lit up during an interview.

Janhvi has been getting a lot of attention from the media and the audience for her much-anticipated debut in a Karan Johar production which is a remake of Marathi cinema’s highly acclaimed Sairat.

She can already feel the pressure that comes with the celebrity status. But she is wading through it.

“I am trying to preserve a sense of my identity in all that because it is very easy to lose my head in this madness. I am getting so much attention, people are talking about me, my pictures are out there, I am talking so much about myself… I am reading about myself every day. It is easy for me to think that I am the most important person in the world.

“But then I am not letting that happen. I know it is happening all for the film and if I want people to talk about me, I have to deliver hit films. Otherwise, that will be wrong. I am trying hard to earn the right to grab the spotlight, I am trying to be a deserving person to talk about,” she said, sounding more mature than her age.

Dhadak, directed by Shashank Khaitan, explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honour killings. The film is set in Rajasthan.

Born and brought up in a megalopolis like Mumbai, playing a Rajasthani girl was not easy for Janhvi. She went to Udaipur and Jaipur to imbibe the body language of the local girls.

However, she prefers not to talk much about her preparation process.

Recalling what she learnt from her mother, Janhvi said: “It is not about how you prepare, but what you deliver on screen. If you are playing a hungry man, you could stop eating for 24 hours before shooting the scene. But that is the point if that does not translate through your eyes while performing? So I think that is what matters… What I managed to deliver in the film.”

“After the film releases, if the audience appreciates my performance and still wants to know how I prepared for the role, I will talk about it. Because preparation looks meaningless if the result is not fruitful.”

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